Spirit-filled Preaching

Ministers are like trumpets, which make no sound if breath be not breathed into them. Or like Ezekiel’s wheels, which move not unless the Spirit move them. Or like Elisha’s servants whose presence does no good unless Elisha’s spirit be there also.

John Flavel (1628-1691)


Your Sermon Was Only Half as Good as You Think

Thank you for your patience while I took a break during a time of weakness at the beginning of the holiday season. Please pray for my family!

Here is a quote I forget until I’m done preaching on Sunday, and then I’m glad its true after I’m done. It reminds me of something one of my seminary professors said (to the following effect): “You’re half as good as you think you are, but twice as good as your critics say you are.”

“Do not imagine when you hear a sermon being made useful, that it was the sermon itself that did the work.”

Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)

HT: @cjmahaney

Pastor, Focus on Christ As You Preach!

There are some Sundays I think I hit a home run, and then there are Sundays (more often than I care to admit) when I feel like my sermon fell in front of the pulpit. I need confidence in Christ, not my cleverness!

Trust God to work through yesterday’s sermon!

Listen to this encouragement from John Owen.

When you have preached well nineteen times, this will be no security for the twentieth. . . . If you lean upon books or men, or upon your own faculties and attainments, you will be in fear and in danger of falling continually. But if you stay yourself upon the Lord, he will not only make good your expectations, but in time will give you a becoming confidence in his goodness, and free you from your present anxiety.

John Owen (1616 – 1683)

HT: @MattSmethurst