Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Supremacy of God in Preaching

As a budding preacher, I can use all the help I can get. There are all kinds of books on preaching, but very few on the preacher. To be sure, books on technique and mechanics have their place; however, the market has a glut of those. Therefore, a book makes all the difference when it takes a God-centered approach to preaching, one that puts the preacher in his place before a holy and supreme God. One such book is John Piper's The Supremacy of God in Preaching. Here are a few quotes that have fed me so well, I've memorized them and one extra by Cotton Mather.

"The cross is also the ground of the humliity of preaching because the cross is the power of God to crucify the pride of both preacher and congregation."

"Don't strive to be a certain kind of preacher, strive to be a kind of person."

"The Spirit-filled preacher has a tender affection that sweetens every promise and soften, with tears, every warning and rebuke."

"The grand design of a Christian preacher is to restore the throne and dominion of Christ in the souls of men." - Mather