Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Great Preaching

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on June 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

“Preaching is not a conversation, a chat about some interesting ideas. It is not the moment in which postmoderns hear their own private message in the biblical words, one unique to each one who hears, and then go their own way. No! This is God speaking! He speaks through the stammering lips of the preacher where that preacher’s mind is on the text of Scripture and his heart is in the presence of God. God, as Luther put it, lives in the preacher’s mouth.

This is the kind of preaching that issues a summons, which nourishes the soul, which draws the congregation into the very presence of God so that no matter what aspect of his character, his truth, his working in the world is in focus, we leave with awe, gratitude, encouragement, and sometimes a rebuke. We have been in the very presence of God! That is what great preaching always does.”  [1] David F. Wells, The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-Lovers, Marketers and Emergents in the Postmodern World (Nottingham: IVP, 2008), 230.

  1. I just read a similar passage by Herman Hoeksema. It is take from his exposition of Romans 10:4, “How shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard?”

    “A preacher is not one who speaks about Christ. Anyone can do that. Anyone can speak about Christ. A preacher is a man through whom it pleases CHRIST to speak. That is quite different. Therefore, when Christ speaks through the preacher, you do not say, ‘I have heard a nice sermon.’ That is not the point. If you want entertainment, you might as well go to a movie theater. But when you have really been under the preaching, and have heard it, you say, ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say, ‘Come unto Me and find rest.'”

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