To prepare a sermon, I study a biblical text. Studying the text is like following an unknown trail. Where will it take me? By following a trail, I am giving that trail authority over my destination. By following the biblical text, I am giving that text authority over the destination of my sermon. If we follow God’s Word, it will take us to many wonderful places of truth, repentance forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation, unity, peace, healing, hope, purpose, and joy.
-- Pastor Jim Miller