In the course of pastoral labor, several considerations should be borne in mind when selecting texts. One is, the present condition of the congregation. Mr. Beecher1 insisted very strongly, and none too strongly, on the importance of this, and said: “You will very soon come, in your parish life, to the habit of thinking more about your people, and what you shall do for them than about your sermons and what you shall talk about. That is a good sign.”
John Broadus, The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, 31.