The quote’s attributed to John Wesley:
“Once in seven years I burn all my sermons—for it’s a shame if I cannot write better ones now than I did seven years ago.”
It wasn’t the Gospel message Wesley was referring to—it was the freshness of the message, how it’s perceived, and how appropriate it is for the lives of his listeners.
I almost never repeat a sermon. Why?
Because it’s stale manna. Yesterday’s bread.
We need a fresh word.
I was once asked, “What’s the hardest thing about being a pastor?”
I’m sure I surprised him with my answer.
The challenge is staying personally, spiritually fresh so that I’m speaking from the overflow of my personal, spiritual life!
It’s the challenge for all of us, isn’t it?