I first heard the analogy of cooking and sermon preparation from Paul Tripp. I found it so apt that I drew a pictorial matrix! Hope it becomes instantly clear for those visual learners out there.
Getting high quality ingredients is tough. It might require jumping around different supermarkets or grocery stalls for a certain ingredient. That being said, even with the best ingredients, the dish can be ruined. There are two ways to cook a dish.
- Throw all the ingredients into a blender, blend it up and drink it like a smoothie.
- Laboriously cook the ingredients and lay it out tastefully on a dish to serve.
Which do you prefer? Obviously the second option. Now, how does cooking relate to preaching a sermon? Check this out:
The quality of your “ingredients” depend on the quality of your exegesis (interpreting the Bible text). It’s hard work, jumping around concordances, dictionaries and such, but you do want to serve the best food to your listeners right?
Having done the exegesis, it takes further effort to craft and deliver the sermon well. Remember the blender example? Please don’t stitch all the information you found together and call it a sermon. You need to carefully craft it.
Hopefully, this matrix helps you analyse how you can improve as you aim to serve the most nutritious “meal” to your listeners so that they will benefit and walk away feeling fed.