The Dignity of the Christian Ministry

Charles Bridges

The Divine original of the Christian Ministry has already opened a view of its dignity far above any earthly honour or elevation, and such as the infidel scoff can never degrade. An institution—introduced into the world, and confirmed to the Church, with such solemn preparation—conversant with the interests, and entrusted with the charge, of immortal souls—ordained as the main instrument for the renovation of the world, and the building up of the Church—cannot be of inferior eminence.

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By | October 19th, 2017|Church, Preaching|

The Divine Origin and Institution of the Christian Ministry

Charles Bridges

The Church is the mirror that reflects the whole effulgence1 of the Divine character. It is the grand scene, in which the perfections of Jehovah2 are displayed to the universe. The revelations made to the Church—the successive grand events in her history—and, above all—the manifestation of “the glory of God in the Person of Jesus Christ”—furnish even to the heavenly intelligences fresh subjects of adoring contemplation.3

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By | October 12th, 2017|Church, Herald, Preaching|

Preaching to Himself

Thomas Murphy

"Thou, therefore, which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?" is the scriptural rebuke for neglecting this duty. When the preacher delivers the message of God, he should never separate himself from his audience as if he were not addressed. He needs the communications of grace just as much as his congregation does.

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By | September 21st, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

The Importance of Preaching

J.C. Ryle

Matthew 4:12-25

We have in these verses the beginning of our Lord's ministry among men. He enters on His labors among a dark and ignorant people. He chooses men to be His companions and disciples. He confirms His ministry by miracles, which rouse the attention of "all Syria," and draw multitudes to hear Him.

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By | June 28th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Preaching|

The Greatness of the Work of the Minister

Thomas Murphy

God has called them, and sent them to speak to their fellow-men in his name. He has laid the obligation on them to take his messages as they are found written out in the Holy Oracles, and proclaim them aloud to the whole world.

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By | June 27th, 2017|Church, Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

John Bunyan: The Faithful Tinker

bunyaneditedtooJoel R. Beeke

When we read Bunyan’s treatises, we can almost hear the tinker’s voice as he preached in the villages of Bedfordshire. We sense his earnest desire that his hearers may be granted spiritual senses to see, hear, and taste invisible spiritual realities.

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By | November 17th, 2016|Biography, Evangelism, Herald, Preaching|

The Need for Preachers

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Preachers may be among the most despised people in the world, and preaching, one of the most despised activities. God in Scripture exalts the office and function of preachers to a very high degree. He teaches us that we need preachers to be saved from our sins.

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By | July 13th, 2016|Herald, Preaching|

On Exhorting the Spiritually Dead

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

The doctrines of God’s sovereign grace were generally accepted by evangelical ministers in fellowship with John Newton, but a difference in the manner of preaching them had arisen. Some simply taught the gospel without urgently exhorting unbelievers to repent and trust in Christ, leaving that to the Holy Spirit. Others did both. In this seventh of 41 letters, John Newton weighs in. My abridged paraphrase follows, with paragraphs corresponding to the original letter, and then my brief comment.

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By | March 2nd, 2016|Herald, Preaching|

Doctrinal Preaching —The Need of the Hour

061920151635J.C. Ryle

The explanation of this boneless, nerveless, jelly-fish condition of soul (that we see today) is not difficult to find. To begin with, the heart of man is naturally in the dark about religion – has no intuitive sense of truth – and really needs instruction and illumination. Beside this, the natural heart in most men hates exertion in religion and cordially dislikes patient, painstaking enquiry.

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By | June 20th, 2015|Herald, Preaching|

Christ-Centered Ministry (4)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

If a ministry is to be properly Christ-centered, it must give the Lord Jesus Christ prominence as Prophet, Priest, and King of His people. All too often in our generation of “we-wouldn’t-want-to-offend-anyone” Christianity, Christ’s kingship is conveniently ignored if not openly denied. As King, He rightfully demands His people’s obedience and supreme devotion and loyalty. The New Testament is crystal clear at this point. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). The Apostle John wrote, “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).

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By | March 6th, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|