Thursday is for Preaching

authenticityThe language is from another time.

The spelling is from another place. 

The truth behind the quote is trans-cultural and timeless.

“A man preacheth that sermon only well unto others which preacheth itself in his own soul. And he that doth not feed on and thrive in the digestion of the food which he provides for others will scarce make it savoury unto them; yea, he knows not but the food he hath provided may be poison, unless he have really tasted of it himself. If the word do not dwell with power in us, it will not pass with power from us.”

The Works of John Owen, ed. William Goold, 23 volumes (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1965, this edition originally published 1850–53). , XVI, p. 76. See also on justification p. 76.  (cited from John Piper’s essay on John Owen)

Before a man can preach a word of truth with power, he must preach that same word to himself. He must be a man who traffics in the truth he espouses to others. He must be a man who is practicing the truth and living the truth that he would commend to others.

Owen said it perfectly.

“If the word do not dwell with power in us,
it will not pass with power from us.”

Pray that the pastors and elders in your church would be men who meditate deeply on the Scripture that they teach others. Pray that they would be men who yearn to be obedient to every word they read. And while you are at it, pray for me. Pray that I would never speak a word that is not being processed through my own spirit as seek to call others to follow Him. You would do well to pray for yourself just as fervently.

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