The Power of the Bible – “Quote it!”May 1, 2007
Last Tuesday’s Classic Materials was Charles Spurgeon’s rallying cry to preachers to believe the bible they preach. Today we move to the next logical step: “Quote it!” This excerpt is found in Spurgeon’s “Your Available Power”, a book I’d heartily recommend.
We should resolve also that we will quote more of the Holy Scriptures. Sermons should be full of the Bible – sweetened, strengthened, sanctified with Bible essence. The kind of teachings that people need to hear are outgrowths of Scripture.
If they do not love to hear them, that is all the more reason why they should be preached to them. The Gospel has the singular faculty of creating a taste for itself. Bible hearers, when they hear indeed, come to be Bible lovers.
The mere stringing together of texts is a poor way of making sermons; however, some have tried it, and I do not doubt that God has blessed them since they did their best. It is far better to string texts together than to pour out one’s own poor thoughts in a washy flood. There will at least be something to be thought of and remembered if the Holy Word is quoted, and in the other case there may be nothing whatsoever.
Texts of Scripture need not, however, be strung together; they may be fitly brought in to give edge and focus to a point. They will be the force of the sermon. Our own words are mere paper pellets compared with the rifle shot of the Word.
The Scripture is the conclusion of the whole matter. There is no arguing after we find that ‘it is written’ (Matt 4:4, 7, 10). To a large extent, the debate in the hearts and consciences is finished when they know the Lord has spoken. ‘Thus saith the Lord’ is the end of the discussion to Christian minds, and even the ungodly cannot resist Scripture without resisting the Spirit who wrote it.
In order that we may speak convincingly, we will speak scripturally.