On Preaching the Word: Christ Does the Work

June 20, 2014 at 8:20 am | Posted in Books and Movies | Leave a comment

Here is a great quote from a book I’ve been reading.  It describes what preaching is about from two successful preachers.  We expound the Word, and we must let Christ do his work through it.

This is what happens when the Word is preached in the power of Christ.  Christ himself addresses our minds, speaks to our hearts, draws out our affections, and brings us to faith and repentance.  .  .  .

This is not confined to the beginnings of our Christian life.  It is an ongoing reality in worship.  Indeed if it were not an ongoing reality we ourselves would be inclined to abandon preaching.  For without this dimension we would look out in our congregations each week, full of so many and varied needs, and simply despair.  Our sermons cannot address all of these needs, nor do we have the ability to address them all in a single sermon.  But when Christ comes to church and preaches his own Word, when the one who speaks to us “is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him” — then all needs can be met by him!

You don’t come to believe in Jesus Christ until you have heard him.  Until then he is simply a character in a book.  But then you become conscious that there is a totally different accent speaking to you.  This is why preachers find people saying to them at the church door, “Has somebody been talking to you about me?”  The answer is always, “No, but perhaps Someone else has been talking to you about you!”

When Christ opens, or speaks through, his Word, he begins a dialogue with the soul.  He engages us at the deepest level, and we bow before him to say, “Lord, Jesus, you have ministered your Word to us.”

From Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson, Name Above All Names (pp. 68-70)  The context is an exlanation of Jesus’ ongoing priestly ministry.  So far it’s been a good read

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