"Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" - Acts 2:37
I preach to my congregation week after week. And I pray that I may be able to preach with such convicting power that my people will sweat! I do not want them to leave my services feeling good. The last thing I want to do is to give them some kind of religious tranquilizer-and let them go to hell in their relaxation.
The Christian church was designed to make sinners sweat. I have always believed that, and I still believe it. The messages preached in our churches should make backslidden Christians sweat. And if I achieve that objective when I preach, I thank God with all of my heart, no matter what people think of me.
taken from Jesus Is Victor!, pages 61-62.
"Lord, help me to preach with boldness, not concerned with 'what people think of me.' Amen."
"When did you last sweat in a church service from what the preacher had to say?"ReplyDelete
Want an answer to this? I'll tell you: Both on Friday AND Sunday! And it happens to me all the time...
That's my church. Plain, bare gospel, as it is - no watering down. Full of mercy, but still oh so convicting - that makes the mercy part very much needed *grin*