I love books on homiletics and preaching. My library is full of them. I’m really appreciating The Archer and the Arrow: Preaching the Very Words of God by Phillip D. Jensen and Paul Grimmond. As I spend time and energy preparing to preach this coming Sunday on Gal 2:20, this little tidbit from Jensen and Grimmond is encouraging:
“Why should we spend so much time seeking to understand God’s word truly? Why should we spend years honing our craft and learning to speak wisely and well in light of the culture that we live in? Why will we prech the gospel when people want to hear it and when they do not? The biblical answer is love. As Paul puts it:
…the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
From now on, therefore, we regard no-one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer (2 Cor 5:14-16).”