Friday, August 14, 2009

Where is Christ in your preaching?

The motto of all true servants of God must be, “We preach Christ; and him crucified.” A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching
[Exposition of Acts 13:13-49 published in 1904]

Leave Christ out? O my brethren, better leave the pulpit out altogether. If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name in it, it ought to be his last, certainly the last that any Christian ought to go to hear him preach. [sermon: “A Prayer for the Church” (1867)]

There's more to a sermon than saying the name of Christ but if you don't have any Christ in your sermon it doesn't matter how articulate and wonderful the rest of it is.

More posted by Tony Reinke.

2 comments:

  1. More than just mentioning him, the preacher should be able to communicate how all truth, beauty and goodness converge into him. The mere mention of him is not enough - like he is a magic word - some really think this, I call them the Superteds.

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  2. Mentioning is definitely not enough - you could mention him again and again and again and totally fail to preach him.

    "Am I portraying Christ as the convergence of all truth, beauty and goodness?" is a cracking question for a preacher to be asking in preparing, writing, reviewing and praying ahead of preaching.

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