Friday, January 29, 2016

Beware of ‘Fireworks’ Preaching

“Whatever we preach, or whatever pulpit we occupy, whether we preach simply or not, whether we preach written or extempore, we ought to aim not merely at letting off fireworks, but at preaching that which will do lasting good to souls! Let us beware of fireworks in our preaching.
‘Beautiful’ sermons, ‘brilliant’ sermons, ‘clever’ sermons, ‘popular’ sermons, are often sermons which have no effect on the congregation, and do not draw men to Jesus Christ. Let us aim so to preach, that what we say may really come home to men’s minds and consciences and hearts, and make them think and consider.”
~ J.C. Ryle
The Upper Room, “Simplicity of Preaching”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1970], 53, 54.

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