Posts Tagged ‘preaching’

Preacher: Read!

May 29, 2014

John Wesley: If You Want to Be a Better Preacher Become a Better Reader

True preaching is salting

September 19, 2009

Some will say a man might preach long enough without persecution, yea, and get favour too, if he would not meddle with the pope, bishops, prelates, and holy ghostly people that live in contemplation and solitariness, nor with great men of the world. I answer, true preaching is salting ; and all that is corrupt must be salted : and those persons are of all other most corrupt, and therefore may not be left untouched. The pope’s pardons must be rebuked ; the abuse of the mass, of the sacraments, and of all the ceremonies must be rebuked and salted. And selling of merits, and of prayers, must be salted. The abuse of fasting and of pilgrimage must be salted. All idolatry and false faith must be rebuked. And those friars that teach men to believe in St Francis’ coat, how that they shall never come in hell or purgatory, if they be buried therein, may not be passed over with silence.

William Tyndale, in David Daniell, 1994, p.221 – online

If our words be not sharpened

September 19, 2009

it is no easy matter to speak so plainly, that the most ignorant may understand us; and so seriously that the deadest hearts may feel us; and so convincingly, that the contradicting cavillers* may be silenced. The weight of our matter condemneth coldness and sleepy dullness. We should see that we be well awakened ourselves, and our spirits in such a plight as may make us fit to awaken others. If our words be not sharpened, and pierce not as nails, they will hardly be felt by stony hearts. To speak slightly and coldly of heavenly things is nearly as bad as to say nothing of them at all.

Richard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor, p. 117

* cavilla, Latin, ‘mockery’; cavil, a petty objection.

…he preacheth not heartily for his people, that prayeth not earnestly for them

ibid., p.122

Expound the Law truly

September 19, 2009

Expound the Law truly and open the veil of Moses to condemn all flesh and prove all men sinners, and set at broach the mercy of our Lord Jesus, and let wounded consciences drink of Him…All doctrine that casteth a mist on these two to shadow and hide them, resist with all your power.

William Tyndale to John Fryth. Source

Why should we avoid whatever ‘casteth a mist on these two’? Because to avoid the one makes Christ’s death meaningless and leaves men smug in self-righteousness; to avoid the other leaves them in despair or, smug legalists.

More on preaching the law first here

A Lecture defined

August 4, 2009

The transfer of information from the lecturer’s notes to the student’s, without it passing through the mind of either

Preaching Clearly

August 4, 2009

Christ said, ‘Feed my sheep…feed my lambs.’ Some preachers, however, put the food so high that neither lambs nor sheep can reach it. They seem to have read the text, ‘Feed my giraffes.

C.H. Spurgeon, quoted by John Stott, I Believe in Preaching, p.147

Baxter on Preaching

June 28, 2009

I preached as never sure to preach again;

And as a dying man to dying men

Richard Baxter


May 27, 2009

“Go and preach: it is the sublimest work. But imitate not the priests whom we see, after the sermon sitting in the ale-house, or at the gaming-table, or wasting their time in hunting. After your sermon is ended, do you visit the sick, the aged, the poor, the blind, the lame, and succor them according to your ability.” John Wycliffe

Offence of the Cross

October 28, 2008

“What is this babbler trying to say?” Acts 17:18

The Apostles were accounted as foolish babblers. We are no better than the Apostles; nor have we reason to expect much better treatment–so far as we walk in their steps.

On the other hand, there is a way of speaking of God, and goodness, and benevolence, and morality–which the world will bear well enough. But if we preach Christ as the only way of salvation, lay open the horrid evils of the human heart, tell our hearers that they are dead in trespasses and sins, and have no better ground of hope in themselves than the vilest malefactors; if we tell the virtuous and moral, as well as the profligate–that unless they are born again, and made partakers of living faith, and count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ–that they cannot be saved–this is the message they cannot bear!

We shall be called knaves or fools, uncharitable bigots, and twenty harsh names! If you have met with no treatment like this–you should suspect whether you have yet received the gospel; for, depend upon it–the offense of the cross is not ceased!

“You are out of your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” Acts 26:24

– John Newton
HT Chronicles of an Evangelist

Power of the Scriptures

October 25, 2008

CH Spurgeon narrates: The Lord set His seal upon the effort even before the great crowd gathered, though I did not know of that instance of blessing until long afterwards. It was arranged that I should use the Surrey Gardens pulpit, so, a day or two before preaching at the Palace, I went to decide where it should be fixed; and; in order to test the acoustic properties of the building, cried in a loud voice, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” In one of the galleries, a workman, who knew nothing of what was being done, heard the words, and they came like message from Heaven to his soul. He was smitten with conviction on account of sin, put down his tools, went home, and there, after a season of spiritual struggling, found peace and life by beholding the Lamb of God. Years after, he told this story to one who visited him on his death-bed.

The Autobiography of Charles Spurgeon vol.1 ch.35