The main benefit obtained by preaching is by impression made upon the mind at the time, and not by an effect that arises afterwards by a remembrance of what was delivered.
Submitted by jlangley1983 about 3 years ago
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The Minister, that does not manifestly put his heart into his sermon, will never put his sermon into the hearts of his people.
But in lifting up the cross of Christ in our Ministrations, how does the Spirit of God, acting in his own office, delight to unveil the face of Christ, and to shed his animating glow upon this magnificent subject! Thus--thus only--by his Almighty agency applying the doctrine to the heart--do our peoples live, grow, and flourish.
Nothing but the truth of the Gospel can be instrumental to the conversion of souls.
The risks facing contemporary teenagers bear solemn testimony to the church's ineffectiveness at addressing adolescence. Youth look to the church to show them something -- Someone -- capable of turning their lives inside out and the world upside down. Most of the time we have offered them pizza.
Submitted by metalsiren about 7 years ago