“Our authority comes from the text of Scripture, but it must be delivered under the empowering of the Holy Spirit to be biblical preaching. So, in once sense, there is experience necessary for authority in preaching–the experience of God the Holy Spirit pulling the preacher through the knot-hole of divine truth in Scripture and then pouring that truth of holy Scripture through the clean vessel of the preacher. Our every experience must be governed by the text of Scripture, and our every proclamation of the text of Scripture must be empowered by the Holy Spirit. When these two elements come together as we step into the pulpit the apostle Peter’s words come true: ‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God’ (1 Pet. 4:10-11a).” (Embracing Authority, p.157)