If you will be teaching a small group or preaching to the congregation this weekend, I encourage you to listen to these words from Charles Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students.* I hope they challenge you as much as they challenge me.
- “The best and holiest men have ever made prayer the most important part of pulpit preparation.” (p. 44)
- “Your doctrinal teaching should be clear and unmistakable. To be so, it must first of all be clear to yourself. Some men think in smoke and preach in a cloud. Your people do not want a luminous haze, but the solid terra firma of truth.” (p. 77)
- “As a rule, do not make the introduction too long. It is always a pity to build a great porch to a little house.” (p. 133)
- “Remember, however, that nothing will avail if you go to sleep yourself while you are preaching.” (p. 138)
- “Above all things beware of letting your tongue outrun your brains.” (p. 152)
- “Far better for a man that he had never been born than that he should degrade a pulpit into a show box to exhibit himself in.” (p. 194)
- “Be masters of your Bibles, brethren: whatever other works you have not searched, be at home with the writings of the prophets and apostles.” (p. 206)
- “I heard one say the other day that a certain preacher had no more gifts for the ministry than an oyster, and in my own judgment this was a slander on the oyster, for that worthy bivalve shows great discretion in his openings, and knows when to close.” (pp. 208-209).
Tell us how we can pray for you this weekend. Readers, take time today to pray for each request.