Warren Wiersbe wrote an article entitled, “The patented preacher,” in The art & craft of biblical preaching, edited by Haddon Robinson and Craig Brian Larson. Here are some of his statements that I found to be very encouraging.
“If God has called you to preach, then who you are, what you are, and where you are also must be part of God’s plan. You do not preach in spite of this, but because of this.”
“God prepares the person who prepares the message. Martin Luther said that prayer, meditation, and temptation made a preacher. Prayer and meditation give you a sermon, but only temptation–the daily experience of life–can transform that sermon into a message. It’s the difference between the recipe and the meal.”
“You must know yourself, accept yourself, be yourself, and develop yourself–your best self–if preaching is to be most effective.”