What are YOU preaching?

I love to read Charles Spurgeon. Almost daily, I read his morning and evening devotions as well as his daily Faith’s Check Book. This morning I was reading the entry for Faith’s Check Book and I got smacked in the face. So many times, I think we (I) can skew the focus on why we do church, why we do ministry, why we do everything! I know I, so many times, have been obsessed with numbers and adding people to our church. Being a creative arts pastor I find myself trying to think outside the box so much, that I have to be careful to remember the focus. I have to remember that no matter what we do, we are doing it in the name of Christ and for the Glory of God. Spurgeon is such a wordsmith, and he puts this into words so much better than I ever could. My take, strip everything down and preach Jesus. Yeah, you can have guitars and lights and sets and everything else, but let it all preach Jesus. Here, read for yourself Spurgeon’s words…

October 4

    The Mighty Magnet

 

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32)
Come, ye workers, be encouraged. You fear that you cannot draw a congregation. Try the preaching of a crucified, risen, and ascended Savior; for this is the greatest “draw” that was ever yet manifested among men. What drew you to Christ but Christ? What draws you to Him now but His own blessed self? If you have been drawn to religion by anything else, you will soon be drawn away from it; but Jesus has held you and will hold you even to the end. Why, then, doubt His power to draw other? Go with the name of Jesus to those who have hitherto been stubborn and see if it does not draw them.

No sort of man is beyond this drawing power. Old and young, rich and poor, ignorant and leaned, depraved or amiable—all men shall feel the attractive force. Jesus is the one magnet. Let us not think of any other. Music will not draw to Jesus, neither will eloquence, logic, ceremonial, or noise. Jesus Himself must draw men to Himself; and Jesus is quite equal to the work in every case. Be not tempted by the quackeries of the day; but as workers for the Lord work in His own way, and draw with the Lord’s own cords. Draw to Christ, and draw by Christ, for then Christ will draw by you.

So what are YOU preaching?

Josh

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~ by rhinorun on October 4, 2008.

One Response to “What are YOU preaching?”

  1. thanks for the link to the post. Great Stuff!! I know those things, but for some reason, i keep forgetting them. I still got a lot of flesh left in me.

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