Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Learn to Preach by Watching Excellent Preachers Preach

In recent days we have had the preacher Rev Iain D. Campbell preaching in Yorkshire. Iain is a very experienced preacher, a Presbyterian minister from the Isle of Lewis with the Free Church of Scotland. He held two fine sessions at the Yorkshire Reformed Ministers Fraternal. On the Monday night he preached at Sheffield Presbyterian Church. Though I could mention the many comments that he made on "preaching" which was the substance of his talks at the ministers fraternal, ultimately we learn what preaching is by listening to fine preaching.

It was said of William Grimshaw of Haworth I believe, the fellow minister and friend of George Whitfield, that we as Christians should "read the best books, keep the best company and hear the best men". He meant by "hearing the best men" to hear the finest and most competent preachers. Iain D. Campbell preached a majestic sermon on Christ from the prologue of John's Gospel. I would love as many people as possible to listen to it, so here is the link.

For those who are preachers, may this sermon help us to become better preachers. For those who are not preachers but Christians, may it help us all to become better Christians, ones who live our lives worthy of the gospel.


Paul the apostle said in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5: "And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God".

Ps I say watching because you cannot learn the "art" of preaching just by listening to sermons online. Preaching is firstly a live event which involves listening and watching with our intent on believing and doing the Word preached.

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