The Joy of the Ministry; An Endeavour to Increase the Efficiency and Deepen the Happiness of Pastoral Work

The Joy of the Ministry; An Endeavour to Increase the Efficiency and Deepen the Happiness of Pastoral Work

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 189? edition. Excerpt: ...calm brightness of manner and aspect even in the midst of our deepest reverence. T CHAPTER VIII. IN THE PULPIT. Part I.--The Sermon Matter. HE Christian preacher comes to his congregation as a herald or authorized messenger from God. His first and principal duty is to see that his message is really delivered. He is not fit for his office, unless he understands in his heart what that message is. Why should the messenger run, if he has no tidings? There may often be the question in the young preacher's mind, How shall I speak? But " What shall I speak about?" is a question he should never need to ask. What on earth shall I say next Sunday? How shall I ever fill up my twenty pages of sermon paper, or my fifteen minutes of sermon time? Is not this a pitiful question for one who comes as a messenger from the living God to immortal souls? Why did you ask for authority to preach the Gospel in the Church of God? Why did you declare your trust that you were inwardly moved by the Holy Ghost to your office and administration, if when you come face to face with your people you do not know what to say to them? See " Rest Awhile," by Dr. Vaughan. What shall I say? Yes. How shall I find words to express the glorious things I want to say? How shall I put them so that they may come home fresh and real to my hearers' hearts? How shall I bring them warm from my own heart without cooling and stiffening them in conventional forms of speech? But what have I to speak about? Surely that which is in my thoughts from day to day and hour to hour, --that which is the comfort and strength and joy of my life, --that which is the most familiar and precious thing in my heart, though so great and marvellous that my tongue can hardly utter it. If I do not know what this is, more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679040
  • 9781236679048