I think this quote does a wonderful job of describing the process of preparing and delivering a sermon/message/teaching/talk…[insert the newest word to describe what it is we preachers do].
“Sermon’s come from the soul. Thus, to deliver a sermon is to reveal our innermost parts in front of the entire congregation. By the time preachers get to the pulpit, the text has already beaten us up, and consoled and renewed us in the grace of God. So when we look out and say, ‘Hear the Word of the Lord,’ we really believe it has the power to change lives. Then after delivering this sacred message, we stand at the door smiling, with our souls still hanging out.” -M Craig Barnes
Have you ever thought about a sermon in this way before?