Posted by: everynation | February 2, 2010

Preaching with Authority

by Russ Austin

And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. Mark 1:22 (ESV)

Every time I read this verse I stop and pray ask the Lord to help me to speak with authority when I present a message to our folks at SCC. Speaking with authority is different than teaching effectively or communicating clearly although it can and should do both. I am a big believer in illustrations that illuminate truth and humor that makes truth easier to digest but these alone do not make you one that speaks with authority.

Speaking with authority is that moment when you are delivering the “word of the Lord.” That gem in your message that God illuminates and you feel virtue flow out touching the hearers. It is a different level, a different temperature, a different tone (even thought nothing about your voice has changed). This doesn’t mean the rest of your message is fodder. Not at all. But a moment of “authority” is something special.

How can we preach with authority?

Here are a few quick bullet points:

1. Pray over each point of your message the day before you preach it. Pray it into your spirit. When it comes out it will be different.
2. Cultivate an intimate devotional life becoming familiar with the presence of Jesus.
3. Stand in faith on the integrity and power of God’s Word. It won’t return void. It will accomplish the thing it was sent to do. When we have faith in the power and integrity of God’s word there is something in us that makes it’s release from us different.
4. Know what your people need. Love them enough to prayerfully and dligently find the thing to say that will lift them, encourage them and help them in their walk with Jesus.

What are your thoughts on how to preach with authority?

Russ Austin is the founding pastor of Southpoint Community Church in Jacksonville, FLorida. He is married to Debbie and they have three children, Ryan, Aaron and Chelsea and a granddaughter, Madison.



  1. Ps Russ you raise very important points for preachers to take a hold off and practice. May I add that living what we are preaching also add to the authority with which we say things i.e we cannot authoritatively speak on anything we are not practicing ourselves. It would be merely theoretical not experiential and thus not as authoritative. Blessings

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