Preaching ‘Like One Amazed’July 31, 2007
One litmus test of any preacher’s heart is how he preaches the central, familiar truths of the gospel. From my own experience, it is sadly all too easy to be underwhelmed when proclaiming the highest and most glorious doctrines conceivable. The following quote by W.G.Blaike (from Iain Murray’s A Scottish Christian Heritage) therefore lays down the gauntlet afresh. It is a reminder that I must always preach from a “thrilling heart” which is “amazed at the glory of the message.”
Ought not preachers themselves to live on the great fundamental truths of the gospel? Ought not our souls to be continually fed from them, and our hearts continually thrilling with them? Ought not a fresh glow to come over our hearts every day as we think of Him who loved us, and washed us from sin in His blood, and made us kings and priests unto God and to the Father?
Give us the plainest preacher that ever was; let him preach nothing that a whole congregation do not know; but let him preach with a thrilling heart; let him preach like one amazed at the glory of his message; let him preach in the tone of wonder and gratitude which becomes sinners to realise the great work of redemption, – not only will the congregation listen with interest; they will listen with profound impression.
..I believe that if only every tenth student that passes through our hands [New College, Edinburgh] were a man of this stamp, we should soon see a change on the face of society.”