Witherington on Preaching, part IV
This of course means good sermon preparation is necessary. Good reading of good resources, good meditation and reflection on the Biblical text, good clarity of expression when you have grasped the meaning of the text, and so on. If your thinking is muddled about a passage, then by all means find another one you can be clear about. Muddled thinking leads to bad exposition and poor sermonizing. The issue is not usually ‘is the text clear’, but rather ‘is the preacher cloudy’ and doesn’t see through his clouds to the clarity in the text.
Though a small group Bible study leader does not have as large an audience as a preacher and as high a level of training as a pastor, the small group Bible study leader should have the same kind of willingness to prepare conscientiously.