Your pastor must do the impossible every Sunday. In this lab, John Piper not only calls us to regularly pray for our pastor’s sermon, but he also details four keys for powerful preaching that can help inform our prayers.
Some questions to ask as you read and study 2 Timothy 3:16–4:5:
- Have you ever taken time to pray for your pastor’s sermon during the week? If you did, what would you pray for?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16–4:2. Why do you think there is such a buildup to the phrase “preach the word”?
- Watch the lab. What are the four keys for powerful preaching that John Piper highlighted? Take some time to pray over them for your pastor’s sermon this week.
Principles for Bible Reading
Defining Terms in Context
Often, we come with our definitions of words before we understand what a verse or passage means. This can work at times, but we must not silence the passage. Rather, we must let the passage itself define what certain words mean. Words help us understand verses, and verses help us understand words.
So, as you read, take time to ask, “What can I learn about what this word means from the passage?” Set aside a couple of days to read through a whole book several times before walking through it in a slower, more in-depth way.