Friday, June 11, 2010

Preach the Truth Plainly (and Bluntly)

John Wesley relates a preaching incident while in Ireland. His Journal reads for May 16, 1748:
Observing a large congregation in the evening and many strangers among them, I preached more roughly than ever I had done in Dublin on those awful words, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” [Mark 8:37]
If you as a preacher think the people need a good awakening from their sins then speak to them in words they cannot fail to understand. Don't beat around the bush—beat the bush! Let the Holy Spirit do his job of speaking within as you speak without.
Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?(Jeremiah 23:29 ESV)