“With regard to the sermon, we shall be most anxious, first of all, respecting the selection of the text…I hope we all make it a matter of very earnest and serious consideration, every week, what shall be the subjects upon which we shall address our people on the Sabbath morning and evening; for, although all Scripture is good and profitable, yet it is not all equally appropriate for every occasion.”
Surely this is one of the most important responsibilities any pastor faces, week-in and week-out: selecting the text from which to prepare his Sunday sermon. Whether one preaches topically or serially through a book of the Bible, still, the task of choosing the best text for each Lord’s Day must be carefully and prayerfully addressed. Spurgeon, as we shall see, has some excellent suggestions concerning how to carry out this important part of our callings as ministers of the Word.
Would you say that you follow a systematic and prayerful approach to choosing a text for your preaching?
All quotations are from C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1973).
Pastors: Special Opportunities at the Wilberforce Weekend Conference, April 26-28.
Make your plans now to attend the Wilberforce Weekend Conference, “Making the Invisible Kingdom Visible,” in D. C. We’re planning a number of activities within the program focused especially on pastors and the work of the Kingdom. Check out the information page here, and make your plans accordingly.
Seeking the Kingdom: A Worldview Church Webinar Series
Join the Kingdom Conversation Our conversations concerning the Kingdom of continue on the first Monday in February. You may register either for the 2:00 or the 9:15 sessions. All sessions are free.
The focus of our February conversation is on awakening.Awakening is what revived people and renewed churches bring to the culture and society around them. There have been many seasons of awakening in Church history – some national or international, others more local – and we believe God can move in such a way in our own day. But we need to know what to pray and how to prepare.
If you’re already on our list of webinar participants, we’ll send you the worksheet for February. Otherwise, if you’d like to join us, send an email to T. M. Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send you the document, What We Seek: A Kingdom Manifesto, and a worksheet to help you prepare for January’s conversation. Now more than ever in our lifetimes, we need to be earnest about seeking the Kingdom of God. Join the conversation and let’s help one another in this high and holy calling.
Pastor to Pastor brings the insights of great servants of God from the past to pastors in our own day, to link our ministries with theirs in the grand tradition of building the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Philemon 7
Aelred of Rievaulx (1109-1167)
“A human being without a friend is like a beast: for he lacks someone with whom he can share his joy in prosperity and his sadness in adversity, to whom he may unburden his mind when he is preoccupied, with whom he may talk whenever he has had a particularly sublime or illuminating insight…That person is completely along who has no friend.”
St. Brigid said that a man without a spiritual friend is like a man without a head. He can’t think clearly, can’t see the world as it really is, and doesn’t even know what’s wrong with him. Aelred says that those who have no friends are like beasts – competing for everything, wary of everyone, consumed only with, well, consuming. True spiritual friends care about our souls and seek, like Philemon, to bring refreshment and renewal to our hearts, that we might know joy and comfort. This is what it means to be a true spiritual friend.
To whom are you a true spiritual friend like this?