Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2008
PREACHING TO THE HEATHEN
Gordon Hall’s selfless motto: "Duty is ours, consequences God’s." When offered an attractive pastorate his reply came, "No... Others will be left whose health or pre-engagement requires them to stay at home, but I can sleep on the ground, can endure hunger and hardship.
Contributed by Richard Francis on May 26, 2009
A.W. Tozer, one described as a modern-day prophet, spoke these words in the 1950’s and describes the need for prophetic preachers:
"If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means than any now being used. If the Church in the second half of this
Contributed by John Akosile on Jun 1, 2009
PREACHING THAT KILLS
The preaching that kills is non-spiritual preaching. The ability of the preaching is not from God. Lower sources than God have given to it energy and stimulant. The Spirit is not evident in the preacher nor his preaching. Many kinds of forces may be projected and stimulated
In the 18th Century, Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntington invited the Duchess of Buckingham to come and hear George Whitfield preach.
After listening to Whitfield, the Duchess wrote to the Countess of Huntington about the Gospel that Whitefield and his fellow
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Mar 20, 2011
PREACHING AND PRACTICING
There were two doctors with the same name who lived a few doors apart. One doctor was a Christian and a lay preacher; the other doctor made no profession of faith.
One night a rather sick person, who was also a Christian,
and wanting help from a fellow believer,
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jun 22, 2011
PREACHING AND TEACHING
Joseph Trenaman found that listening to more and more material in a lecture seemed to interfere with learning from the earlier lecturing.
A class listening to 15 minutes of lecture remembered 41% of what was presented; those listening to 30 minutes remembered 23% of the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
PREACH THE WORD
I am greatly diappointed in the preachers of today,
With their logic and their ethics, their aristocratic way;
With their science and their theories and their new theology,
Full of everything but Jesus and His love for you and me.
There is plenty in the Bible for preachers of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
Several years ago “The British Weekly” published this provocative letter:
It seems ministers feel their sermons are very important and spend a great deal of time preparing them. I have been attending church quite regularly for thirty years, and I have probably heard 3,000 of them. To my
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 30, 2008
A middle-aged farmer wanted to be a preacher for years, but wasn't sure if it was God's will. One day, while he was working in the field, he decided to rest under a tree. As he looked up into the sky he saw that the clouds seemed to form into the letters P and C. As he thought
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
PREACH THE CROSS
J. A. James is quoted as saying, "Although the pulpit is intended to be a pedestal for the cross, even the cross itself is sometimes used as a mere pedestal for the preacher's fame. We may roll the thunders of eloquence, we may scatter the flowers of poetry, we may diffuse the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 9, 2006
"I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying
Contributed by Anne Benefield on Jan 29, 2009
Our topic today is worship and service. I’d like to begin by telling a true story that happened to Reverend Forrest I. Sears. He writes:
Wilma had been a member of our church for many, many years. In her later years she needed the assistance of a cane to help in walking. As she was talking
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2009
STUDY MORE, SAY LESS
Charles Spurgeon said this: "If you ask me how to shorten your sermons, I should say, study them better. Spend more time in the study that you may need less in the pulpit. We are generally longest when we have least to say."
We have already seen what George Whitefield
Contributed by Bill Butsko on Feb 26, 2009
“The Same Gospel for the Same Needs”
Some months after our arrival in China, an old experienced missionary came to my husband with the following advice: “Do not attempt to speak of Jesus the first time on preaching to a heathen audience. The Chinese have a prejudice against the name of Jesus.
Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Feb 27, 2009
I am reminded of Herman Melville’s description of the pulpit in Moby Dick. It’s actually a description of a real pulpit in the Whaler’s Chapel that a Jewish friend went out of his way to show me in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It reads:
Its paneled front was in the likeness of a ship’s bluff
Maddy and I moved to Frisby from New Romney at the end of 2007
As we were taking the bedroom apart, I was surprised to find a small basket underneath our bed with three eggs and £1000.
I was a bit puzzled and so I called Maddy and asked her what this was all about.
She said: “Well I have
Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Apr 9, 2009
The job of any public speaker is four-fold…
1. Have something worth saying
2. Say it in a way that gets their attention
3. Say it in a
Contributed by Tony Abram on Apr 20, 2009
A visiting minister was very long-winded. Worse, every time he would make a good point during his sermon and a member of the congregation responded with "Amen" or "That’s right, preacher" he would get wound up even more and launch into another lengthy discourse.
Finally, the host pastor started
Contributed by Johnny Creasong on Apr 22, 2009
FALLING ASLEEP IN CHURCH
Please don't think I'm complaining about folks who fall asleep in church. I understand some people can’t help it. I am convinced that some people fall asleep in church during the sermon because their have a physical ailment. Some folk must have a snooze button attached
Contributed by Clark Tanner on May 1, 2009
“Christian preaching begins only when faith in the message has reached such a pitch that the man or the community proclaiming it becomes part of the message proclaimed…” says James S. Stewart in his work, A Faith To Proclaim “…To be thus taken command of, so that our testimony, when we go out to