To Preach with Joy

cross-in-irelandRay Ortlund, a pastor in Nashville, wrote this about preaching:

 

Tomorrow some of us will preach the gospel. May we announce to the people one utterance, at least just one, that has the power to make a reasonable, thoughtful, respectable adult want to stand up and shout for joy. Not that they will. But they should be thinking, “Hold on here, buddy. I know how you feel, but don’t let this joy carry you away.” If we never say anything that has that effect on a reasonable adult, are we preaching the gospel?

Let’s preach to sinners the news so good that we ourselves must struggle against the joy of it.

 

Lord, help me preach gospel like that!

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2 responses

  1. Amen to that. It is always a struggle to preach the Gospel to those who are dulled by familiarity or inoculated by some cheap substitute. Too much for any of us, apart from the Spirit.

  2. Joy and passion – two marks of preaching that stirs the soul – two marks of preaching that has guided my husband for over two decades – thank you isn’t enough.

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