Burn and Shine

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Two Pillars of Preaching

Lately, I’ve been reading The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper. In it, Piper unpacks his thoughts on effective, biblical preaching.

Piper has tremendously impacted my admiration of God, my hunger for Scripture, and my submission to Jesus — all primarily through his preaching. I feel deeply indebted to the man. Needless to say, I’ve been eager to read this book.

Piper defines preaching as, “…worshiping over the Word of God with explanation and exultation.” He continues, “There are always two parts to true worship. There is seeing God and there is savoring God.”

I have been struck by his emphasis on both of these pillars of preaching. Understanding in the mind and feeling in the heart are not at odds with one another. Rather, they compliment each other. Neither is optional. Seeing God without savoring God does not honor God, and savoring God without seeing God is impossible.

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