Today is the birthday of our dear Pastor and my beloved mentor and friend.
In honor of his birthday, I thought it appropriate to reflect upon the call to preach:
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.”
– 2 Timothy 4:2
“What is preaching? Logic on fire! It is theology on fire. Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire.”
– D. Martin Lloyd-Jones
“The word is called a hammer (Jer 23:39) . Every blow of the hammer is to fasten the nails of the building; so the preacher’s words are to fasten you the more to Christ; they weaken themselves to strengthen and settle you. This is the grand design of preaching, not only for the enlightening, but for the establishing of souls; not only to guide them in the right way, but to keep them in it.”
– Thomas Watson
“For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.”
– Ezra 7:10
“I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.”
– Richard Baxter
“Oh what an honor is it to a faithful minister, when he has . . .
found the people dark and blind—but left them enlightened;
found them dead—but left them alive;
found them a proud people—but left them humble;
found them a profane people—but left them holy;
found them a carnal people—but left them spiritual;
found them a worldly people—but left them heavenly;
found them a wavering people—but left them settled and rooted.”
– Thomas Brooks
“We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”
– Colossians 1:28-29
You exemplify and have embraced all of these truths!
Have a wonderful birthday, Rev!