It is not how the preacher speaks, with fancy words.
It is not how great the preacher’s power point is.
It is not how the preacher is up on the current fads.
The life of the preacher is a life of suffering and sacrifce.
The life of the preacher is a life of meekness.
The life of the preacher is a life of proclaiming Christ, and reaching the lost.
The life of the preacher is a life of caring for, and feeding the flock.
The life of the preacher is a life of careful study of the Bible, and becoming what he preaches.
The preacher is called by God, and what a great responsibility he has. He should be a Spirit-filled man, walking as a bond-servent of God. Richard Baxter says it like this in his book The Reformed Pastor, “We are the nurses of Christ’s little ones. If we forebear taking food ourselves, we shall famish them; it will soon be visible in their leanness, and dull discharge of their several duties. If we let our love decline, we ae not like to raise up theirs. If we abate our holy care and fear, it will appear in our preaching: if the matter show it not, the manner will. If we feed on unwholesome food, either errors or fruitless controversies, our hearts are like to fare the worse for it. Whereas, if we abound in faith, and love, and zeal, how it would overflow to the refreshing of our congregations, and how would it appear in the increase of the same graces in them! O brethren, watch therefore over your own hearts: keep out lusts and passions, and worldly inclinations; keep up the life of faith, and love, and zeal: be much at home, and be much with God.”