If our pursuit in coming to the sermon is primarily to see perceived needs met, to see all questions that are on the table answered, or even to give and receive practical help for daily living, then our journey ultimately will lead to someone or something other than God getting the glory. And usually it’s the preacher or his philosophy that gets the credit. Preaching that is driven by a passion for the glory of God, however, always finds its target. Assuming the Bible is the only source from which the preacher speaks with the authority of God, such a passion frees the preacher to let the Bible simply say what it says—nothing more and nothing less.
So the ultimate question becomes, How do we preach and listen to preaching in such a way as to bring glory to God, in each individual sermon and in the larger preaching ministry of our church?
Jim Shaddix, The Passion Driven Sermon (2003), 4