Christ-centered Preaching

COUNSEL: Christ-centered Preaching

Review and Herald, Extra, Dec. 23, 1890.

"CHRIST crucified talk it, pray it, sing it, and it will break and win hearts. Set, formal phrases, the presentation of merely argumentative subjects, is productive of little good. The melting love of God in the hearts of the workers will be recognized by those for whom they labor. Souls are thirsting for the water of life. Do not allow them to go from you empty. Reveal the love of Christ to them. Lead them to Jesus, and He will give them the bread of life and the water of salvation." Review and Herald, June 2, 1903.

"Many present the doctrines and theories of our faith; but their presentation is as salt without savor; for the Holy Spirit is not working through their faithless ministry. They have not opened the heart to receive the grace of Christ; they know not the operation of the Spirit; - they are as meal without leaven; for there is no working principle in all their labor, and they fail to win souls to Christ. They do not appropriate the righteousness of Christ; it is a robe unworn by them, a fulness unknown, a fountain untouched."—Ibid., Nov. 29, 1892. (Italics supplied.)

"How much more power would attend the preaching of the word to-day, if men dwelt less upon the theories and arguments of men, and far more upon the lessons of Christ, and upon practical godliness." Ibid., Jan. 7, 1890.

"Put your freshest energies into the work and let not the slightest dullness ... be seen in any of your efforts. . . . Anything but sickly dis courses." Letter 48, 1886 (Evangelism, p. 181).

"The efficacy of the blood of Christ was to be presented to the people with freshness and power, that their faith might lay hold upon its merits." Testimonies to Ministers, p. 92 (Evangelism, p. 191).

"The more clearly ministers discern Christ, and catch His spirit, the more forcibly will they preach the simple truth of which Christ is the center." Review and Herald, March 24, 1896 (Evangelism, p. 181).

"Our doctrines may be correct; we may hate false doctrine, and may not receive those who are not true to principle; we may labor with untiring energy; but even this is not sufficient. ... A belief in the theory of the truth is not enough. To present this theory to unbelievers does not constitute you a witness for Christ."— Ibid., Feb. 3, 1891. (Italics supplied.)

"It is possible to be a formal, partial believer, and yet be found wanting, and lose eternal life. It is possible to practice some of the Bible injunctions, and be regarded as a Christian, and yet perish because you are lacking in essential qualifications that constitute Christian character." Ibid., Jan. 11, 1887.

"This I do know, that our churches are dying for the want of teaching on the subject of righteousness by faith in Christ, and on kindred truths." Gospel Workers, p. 301. (Italics sup plied.)

"Without a living faith in Christ as a personal Saviour, it is impossible to make your faith felt in a skeptical world. If you would draw sinners out of the swift-running current, your own feet must not stand on slippery places.

"We need constantly a fresh revelation of Christ, a daily experience that harmonizes with His teachings. High and holy attainments are within our reach. Continual progress in knowledge and virtue is God's purpose for us. His law is the echo of His own voice, giving to all the invitation, 'Come up higher; be holy, holier still.' Every day we may advance in perfection of Christian character.

"Those who are engaged in service for the Master need an experience much higher, deeper, broader, than many have yet thought of having. Many who are already members of God's great family know little of what it means to behold His glory, and to be changed from glory to glory. Many have a twilight perception of Christ's excellence, and their hearts thrill with joy. They long for a fuller, deeper sense of the Saviour's love. Let these cherish every desire of the soul after God.

"The Holy Spirit works with those who will be worked, moulds those who will be moulded, fashions those who will be fashioned. Give yourselves the culture of spiritual thoughts and holy communings. You have seen but the first rays of the early dawn of His glory. As you follow on to know the Lord, you will know that the 'path of the righteous is as the light of dawn, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.' " —Ibid., p. 274.

"If through the grace of Christ His people will become new bottles, He will fill them with the new wine. God will give additional light, and old truths will be recovered, and replaced in the framework of truth; and wherever the laborers go, they will triumph. As Christ's ambassadors, they are to search the Scriptures, to seek for the truths that have been hidden beneath the rubbish of error. And every ray of light received is to be communicated to others. One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other, CHRIST OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

 

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