When we declare God’s word, we are launching powerful, illuminating truth into the darkness that engulfs our listeners. People see what they’ve never seen before. Things change. This is our privilege and also our passion: to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. For us, preaching is not just a talk – anyone can do that, and the hearers can take it or leave it. It is not just a Bible study or a running commentary on the text but much more than that.

Preparing to preach involves the hard work of making sure we have correctly understood the text and that we aren’t emphasising something the first apostles didn’t emphasise. At the same time we aim to present a very relevant application for the 21st century life of our listeners.

The preacher then has to virtually ‘multitask’: he delivers what he has carefully prepared while simultaneously heeding the prompting of the Holy Spirit. ‘This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing truths of the Spirit in words of the Spirit’ (1 Cor. 2:13). The preacher prepares thoroughly, but is then totally dependent on the Spirit to shape and apply what is actually preached. Without the activity of the Spirit, one is left with lifeless words.

This high view of preaching comes from a high view of the Bible, which in turn comes from a high view of God. We love God, fear God and belong to God. God’s Word shaped our history. We believe that it is no exaggeration to say that our attitude to God’s Word will determine our future.