Being nourished by the preaching of our own ministers

Discussion in 'Preaching' started by TheOldCourse, Dec 31, 2017.

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  1. TheOldCourse

    TheOldCourse Puritan Board Sophomore

    I found this section in the dedicatory epistle of William Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armour an excellent illustration and encouragement to greatly prefer preaching heard over preaching read. It is altogether too easy for me to be distracted by intrusive, worldly thoughts, or discouraged by sub-Reformed practices that accompany the preaching in many churches, and let my diligence in attending to and applying the sermon wane. I may even think that I can make up for it by my study and private worship the rest of the Lord's Day. This, then, is an excellent admonition to me even as my commitment to the primacy of the means of grace is not always as strong in practice as it is in principle.

    It is a testament to Gurnall's humility and character that, in introducing one of the greatest works ever authored on the Christian life, he advises his readers to prefer their own parish preachers.

    Gurnall:

     
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