Excerpt from Ministerial Fidelity: A Sermon, Delivered at the Installation of the Rev. Josiah Hawes, to the Pastoral Charge of the Church in Lyme, North Society, Nov. 23, 1814
What has already been said, we thimig sufficient to Show, that a minister, in order to be faithful, must not shun to declare all the counsel of God. One observation more will conclude What We have to say respecting his public preaching. That is, that he use great plainness of speech. If he speak to his people, in a language which they do not understand, he is the same to them as one who speaks in an unknown tongue, and the effects of his preaching are wholly lost. It is therefore of the first importance, that his style be adapted to the capacity of his hearers. N o saving benefit, can be derived, from the most excel lent discourses, if they are not understood. A min. Ister may preach all the doctrines of the gospel, and yet do it in a style so far above the capacity of his hearers, that his meaning will not be perceived. In this case, though he declares the truth, yet his preach. Ing cannot be profitable. Saith the Apostle, And I, brethren, when i came unto you, came not with excellency of speech or of Wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God; for I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and. Him crucified. - And my speech and my preaching Was not with the enticing words of man's Wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power. Here is an example for every minister of the gospel.
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