"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." - Jerome

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The purpose of preaching

“All our sermons are made to set forth and magnify Christ the Lord...Some men think that they preach Christ gloriously, because they name him every ten minutes in their sermons. But this is not necessarily preaching Christ...We must not therefore force unnatural interpretations on Holy Writ for the purpose of constantly introducing the name of Christ...Only let us be careful, that his name throws life and glory upon all our Ministrations, and that every sermon tends to draw sinners to him...But let not this exclusive scheme be supposed to cramp our system within the narrow range of a few points in theology. We might as well speak of a village that has no road to the metropolis, as of a point of Christian doctrine, privilege or practice, that has no reference to Christ crucified.”

-Charles Bridges, an Anglican priest in the 1800s in The Christian Ministry. Pg 240-241

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