In his book Loving God Up Close (Warner Faith), Calvin Miller writes, “Ian Pitt Watson once said, Predicatio Verbi Dei est Verbum Dei — ‘The preaching of the words of God is the Word of God.’ Who can deny it? So to stand in a holy moment and speak what God wants said is to wear the prophet’s mantle.
“I am convinced that most people don’t know how to articulate clearly what they want from church. If they could put it into words, they would say they long to feel the force of an Acts 2 wind. They want Christ to permeate the sermon because already He has so permeated the life of the preacher. We cannot get Christ in the sermon by consciously working at upping the word count of the name ‘Jesus.’ No, the issue of sermonic power is far simpler than that. The preacher must hunger for Jesus. When the preacher gets hungry for Jesus, the hunger of those who come to church will automatically be sated.” (Click here to learn more about the book Loving God Up Close.)