The Weight of Preaching

Charles Simeon (1759-1836) writes of the gravity (the weight) and the glory of preaching (Abner Brown, Recollections of the Conversation Parties of the Revd. Charles Simeon [N.p., 1863], 126):

It is easy for a minister to prate in the pulpit, and even to speak much good matter; but to preach is not easy – to carry his congregation on his shoulders as it were to heaven; to weep over them, pray for them, deliver the truth with a weeping, praying heart; and if a minister has grace to do so now and then, he ought to be very thankful.

Preaching is much more than speaking, much more than delivering content. Undergirding it is a deep love for the Trinitarian God, an unshakable commitment to His Word, and an unwavering love for His people, which is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

May we be this kind of a pastor and preacher.

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