Sep 30, 2011
A Preacher's Sacred Duty
"For the Scripture to have value for preaching and for the preacher's text to become God's message, the Bible must be interpreted correctly. To interpret and apply his text in accordance with its real meaning is one of the preacher's most sacred duties. He stands before the people for the very purpose of teaching and exhorting them out of the Word of God. He announces a particular passage of God's Word as his text with the distinctly implied understanding that from this his sermon will be drawn. By using a text and undertaking to develop and apply its teaching he is solemnly bound to represent the text as meaning precisely what it does mean.gs, he is solemnly bound to represent the text as meaning precisely what it does mean."
John A. Broadus, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, ed. V. L. Stanfield, 4th ed. (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1979), 23-24.