PREACHERS – READ THIS!!

To expect preaching to be effective irrespective of the spiritual condition of the one who speaks, is to fly in the face of scripture. It is patently clear in the book of Acts that there is something distinctive about the disciples which compelled attention to their message…As James Stalker has written “The effect of a sermon depends, first of all, on what is said, and next, on how it is said; but hardly less on who says it.” On the same point, Spurgeon says, “Extremely pointed addresses may be delivered by men whose hearts are out of order with the Lord, but their results are small…” While maintaining the unpredictability that attends preaching, Lloyd-Jones knew it is what happens in the preachers life and thought before he ever enters the pulpit that most commonly affects the outcome.

Iain Murray

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