David Platt on Bringing Emotion and Passion to Preaching

– [Nancy Guthrie] I noticed that
anybody who has seen or heard you preach, you are often very
emotional, often always very passionate. Like, I was talking to someone this
morning about interviewing you today, and he put it this way,
that there is a visceral element of God’s concern for the “lost” in you that he
hears when you preach. So, will you talk to us a little bit about
using emotion and demonstrating passion in our teaching? I think some people fear being too
emotional, and other people actually express very little emotion or passion,
and sometimes that’s just out of desire to put really the focus on the text. So, what would you say about those
elements in terms of emotion and passion for those of us who are trying to become
more effective Bible teachers? – [David Platt] I think that’s
a great question. I know we all have
different personalities. I think non-negotiable, though,
for anybody who’s proclaiming the word, the text needs to be internalized in us. And so it needs to have
a hold of our hearts. And I would say that’s going to look
different in different…but it needs to have a hold of our hearts. I mentioned Jim Shaddix. I remember one day where he and I were
going to tag-team preach, and so we were tag-team preparing and just
doing preparation together. And I remember, he said,
“All right, let’s start.” But we didn’t start with
a bunch of resources. He said, “Let’s get on our knees.” And so we just opened up the text,
we read through it, and we just start praying to the text on our knees. I looked over, he is, like,
weeping over the text. Like, really, just, I mean,
emotionally affected by it. And that really stuck with me. Like, I thought I want that to be, yeah,
a part of my life and preaching ministry that it’s really affecting my heart. So then, because the last thing we want to
do is, like, try to manufacture kind of emotion in any preaching
or teaching of God’s word. Like, that’s not pleasing to God. It’s not helpful to anybody. – [Nancy Guthrie] And audience feels
manipulated by that. – [David Platt] Yeah. So I think that’s really unhealthy. But if the text has affected you,
I think it’s going to come out. And I would just say,
to the extent at which possible, the mood of the text should be reflected
in the mood of the proclamation of that text. So if it’s a really serious passage about
judgment, it would make no sense to preach that passage with like a big smile on your
face the whole time. Just like, “Okay, something’s
not adding up here.” Or if it’s a text about joy, and you’re,
like, totally dry. It’s like, “Okay, that’s not…” So we want to reflect the
text as much as possible. And I just think the text is glorious,
and so that should come out in our preaching. And it’s one thing I’ve learned from
watching John Piper preach. I think he reflects the mood of the… He’s, yesterday, just interacting with the
text, and it’s affecting the way he was serious at this point,
he’s, like, happy at this point, because the text is leading to that. So I think, again, it’ll play out
differently in different personalities, but we should be affected by
that which we are teaching. And I think that’s going to come out.

  1. " for you see your calling brethren, not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.. ..that no flesh should glory in his presence……he who glories let him glory in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. ✔️
    The main focus of the Gospel message should be Christ Jesus. We should not seek to Move others by being great orators or appealing to the emotions.
    " And I brethren when I came, I did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom….for I determined not to know anything… except Jesus Christ and him crucified. ….my speech and my perching not with persuasive words.. that your faith should not be in man but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.✔️✝️

  2. The Holy Scriptures are sufficient to move the heart of man. And indeed the only way man's heart will be moved.
    " No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:44✔️✝️

  3. " For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12.
    Keep in mind always the power that is in the Word of God. The Word needs no propping, no theatrics ( no costumes, great illustrations). Simply preach the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to do his work. God is able and the work is the Lord's.
    " I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth, but God that giveth the increase." 1 Corinthians 3:6-9✝️

  4. We need generals on the front lines, not actors. And we need Christians who condemn the false Marxist gospel of social justice, not infect the bride of Christ with its godless ideas. Repent, lost brother.

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