Communication is not about you or what people think about you or how well you will perform.

Communication is about the people sitting in front of you.

It’s about. . .

  • giving to them
  • helping them
  • instructing them
  • and persuading them of something that will enrich their lives.

-Ken Davis

Secrets of Dynamic Communication (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013), 11

When we commit to preach for life change, your preparation is not complete until you have answered two very important questions:

  1. So what?
  2. Now what?

Our preaching won’t make much difference if our people don’t understand what difference it is supposed to make.  Our audience won’t do much with what we’ve taught until we tell ’em what they ought to do.  -Andy Stanley

Communicating for a Change (Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2006), 97

I have a conviction that no sermon is ready for preaching, not ready for writing out, until we can express its theme in a short, pregnant sentence as clear as a crystal.  I find the getting of that sentence is the hardest, the most exacting, and the most fruitful labour in my study.  – J.H. Jowett

The Preacher:His Life and Work (Forgotten Books, 2012), 133

Expository Preaching is the communication of a biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical, and literary study of a passage in its context, which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through the preacher, applies to the hears.  -Haddon W. Robinson

Biblical Preaching (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001), 21

When I’m finished preaching, I want people in the audience to know what to do with what they have heard.  And I want them to walk away motivated to give it a try.  This goal flows from what I understand the Bible to teach regarding spiritual maturity.  The way I read it, Spiritual maturity is gauged by application not contemplation.  -Andy Stanley

Communicating for a Change (Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2006), 95