In an interview with Preaching Today, Haddon Robinson said:
“The single most important ingredient in preaching is passion. It’s not enthusiasm, not loudness; it’s the sense that this matters.”
By “this” he means your text, your topic, and what you want to say about it. Dr. Robinson says that when you sense that the core of your message is true to life, true to God, true to our experience, it empowers you to preach with genuine passion, and, ultimately, greater impact.
He’s not talking about hype or salesmanship; he’s talking about deep, consuming, contagious passion.
It’s possible — even essential — that we feel this way about every sermon we preach.
Early on in the preparation process, the preacher would benefit in asking, “What is it about this this text and topic that ignites a fire in my spirit? What is it about this potential message that inspires my passion?”
There’s your sermon.