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Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutical Map

August 9, 2010

Dennis Johnson, Him We Proclaim,p.231

Preaching Christ

August 9, 2010

“A man cannot be a faithful minister until he preaches Christ for Christ’s sakeuntil he gives up striving to attract people to himself, and seeks only to attract them to Christ.” (McCheyne)

“‘Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty.’ The more you know about Christ, the less will you be satisfied with superficial views of Him. And the more deeply you study His transactions in the eternal covenant, His engagements on your behalf as the eternal Surety, and the fullness of His grace which shines in all His offices, the more truly will you see the King in His beauty.
Be much in such outlooks. Long more and more to see Jesus. Meditation and contemplation are often like windows of agate and gates of carbuncle through which we behold the Redeemer. Meditation puts the telescope to the eye and enables us to see Jesus after a better sort than we could have seen Him had we lived in the day of His flesh.” (Spurgeon)

“Read all the prophetic books without seeing Christ in them, and what will you find so insipid and flat? See Christ there, and what you read becomes fragrant.” (Chrysostom)

“If the highest heavens were my pulpit and all the world my parish, Jesus alone would be my text.” (Early Church Father)

“He who follows the Lamb in His way comes at last to where the Lamb Himself is.” (Steinberg)

“The excellency of a sermon lies in the plainest discoveries and liveliest applications of Jesus Christ.” (Flavel)

“It is not opinions that man needs: it is Truth. It is not theology: it is God. It is not religion: it is Christ. It is not literature and science; but the knowledge of the free love of God in the gift of His only-begotten Son.” (Bonar)

“The best sermons are the sermons which are fullest of Christ. A sermon without Christ as its beginning, middle and end is a mistake in conception and a crime in execution.” (Spurgeon)

“Preach Christ vs. Hell: When they feel the heat, they will see the Light.” (Darst)

“The ambassador (preacher) is not a mediator charged to bring peace between the King and the King’s enemies; the ambassador is a messenger obligated to convey the entirety of the Word of the King.” (Manley)

“Those who would preach Christ, must first learn Christ, and learn of Him. Those who would get an acquaintance with Christ, must be diligent and constant in their attendance on Him.” (Church)

WHEN you are to preach, you should go directly from your knees in your study to the pulpit. Your sermon must also be such, that, you may hope to have the blood of your Saviour sprinkled on it, and His good Spirit breathing in it. Among all the subjects with which you feed the people of God, I beseech you, let not the true bread of life be forgotten; but exhibit as much as you can of a glorious Christ unto them : yea, let the motto upon your whole ministry be, CHRIST is ALL. The Holy Spirit of God for ever aims at nothing more, than, what our Saviour has declared in that word, “he will glorify me;” and that Holy Spirit withdraws from the ministry which has in it little concern to glorify him ; and it is, therefore, an unsuccessful ministry. What I wish for, and urge to, is this : that your knowledge of the mystery of Christ may conspicuously shine in your sermons ; and that it may be esteemed by you as a matchless grace given you, if you may preach the unsearchable riches of Christ unto the world ; yea, reckon that the truth is not well discerned, nor the word of truth well divided, until you have “the truth as it is in Jesus.” Whatever point you are upon, think, what is there in my Saviour which this point leads me to think upon’? When you preach on the duties of a godly, and sober, and righteous life, still carry your hearers to their Saviour, as not only affording a pattern for all those things, but also as offering to live, and act, and work in them, as a principle of life, by which alone they can live unto God. Be a star to lead men unto their Saviour, and stop not till you see them there.
(Dr. Cotton Mather)

“Two men went to hear Dr. Joseph Parker in London. As they came away from the church, they said, ‘My, what eloquence! he know how to choose the right words and say them! His oratory is simply irresistible!’
The same two men went to hear Spurgeon on the following Sunday. They left the service silently and reverently. One said, ‘My, what a Christ!'”

there was no Christ in it

August 9, 2010

“A poor sermon!” said the preacher, “It took me a long time to study it, my explanation of the text was accurate, the illustrations were appropriate, and the arguments conclusive! Will you tell me why you think it a poor sermon?”

“Because,” said Jonathan Edwards, “there was no Christ in it.”

“Well,” said the preacher, “Christ was not in the text; we are not to be preaching Christ always, we must preach what is in the text.”

“Then don’t take a text without Christ in it,” Edwards replied. “But you will find Christ in every text if you examine it. From every text in Scripture there is a road to the metropolis of the Scriptures, that is Christ. And my dear brother, your business is, when you get to a text, to say, ‘Now, what is the road to Christ?’ and then preach a sermon running along that road. “I have never yet found a text that had not a plain and direct road to Christ in it; and if ever I should find one that has no such road, I will make a road. I would go over hedge and ditch but I would get at my Master, for a sermon is neither fit for the lord nor yet for the peasant unless there is a savor of Christ in it.”