Wisdom in Witnessing by Jesse Morrell

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Wisdom in Witnessing or Points for Preaching :

Wisdom in Witnessing or Points for Preaching

Preaching is an Art Form:

Preaching is an Art Form We must first recognize that open-air preaching is an acquired skill, as opposed to being a supernatural gift. Once we view preaching as a skill, we can learn to improve our skills to better present the gospel to the lost. It ’ s been said that “ the worst tragedy of your life would be if you step on the stage of history and can ’ t remember your lines. ”

Passionate, Fiery Preaching:

Passionate, Fiery Preaching C. H. Spurgeon tell us: “ If I were asked – What in a Christian minister is the most essential quality for securing success in winning souls for Christ? I should reply, ‘ earnestness. ’ And if I were asked a second or a third time, I should not vary that answer, for personal observation drives me to the conclusion that, as a rule, real success is proportionate to the preacher ’ s earnestness. Both great men and little men succeed if they are thoroughly alive unto God, and fail if they are not so …’ The God that answers by fire, let him be God ’ ; and the man who has a tongue of fire, let him be God ’ s minister. ” So important and so valued this one characteristic was to this Master Orator that he went on to say “ No man who preaches the gospel without zeal is sent from God to preach at all. ”

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Charles G. Finney said “ Go to a sinner, and talk to him about his guilt and danger; and if in your manner you make an impression that does not tell correspond, you in effect bear testimony the other way, and tell him he is in no danger. If the sinner believes at all that he is in danger of hell, it is wholly on other grounds than you saying so. If you live in such a way as to show that you do not feel compassion for sinners around you; if you show no tenderness, by your eyes, your features, your voice, if your manner is not solemn and earnest, how can they believe you are sincere? ”

Be A Story Teller:

Be A Story Teller A. W. Tozer said “ The value of a cleansed imagination in the sphere of religion lies in its power to perceive in natural things shadows of things spiritual. It enables the reverent man to ‘ see the world in a grain of sand … and eternity in an hour. ” C. S. Lewis said “ all our truth, or all but a few fragments, is won by metaphor. ”

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Oswald Chambers said: “ Learn to associate ideas worthy of God with all that happens in nature-the sunrises and the sunsets, the sun and the stars, the changing seasons, and your imagination will never be at the mercy of your impulses, but will always be at the service of God. ” Warren W. Wiersbe said: “ It ’ s by using metaphorical language that you turn people ’ s ears into eyes and help them see the truth. ”

Preach life from your own life:

Preach life from your own life “ For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. ” Ac 4:20) “ For thou shall be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard ” ( Ac 22:15) “ That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ ” (1Jo 1:3) “ And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. ” (Re 12:11)

To know what to preach, know whom you are preaching to!:

To know what to preach, know whom you are preaching to! Charles Finney said: “ bring up the individuals particular sins. Talking in general terms against sin will produce no results. You must make a man feel that you mean him. A minister, who cannot make his hearers feel that he means them, cannot expect to accomplish much. Some people are very careful to avoid mentioning the particular sins of which they know the individual to be guilty, for fear of hurting his feelings. This is wrong. If you know his history, bring up his particular sins. Kindly, but plainly; not to give offense, but to awaken conscience, and give full force to the truth. ” This revivalist goes on to say “ Preaching should be direct. The gospel should be preached to men, not about them. The Minster must address his hearers. He must preach to them about themselves, and not leave the impression that he is preaching to them about others, He will never do them any good, further than he succeeds in convincing each individual that he is the person in question. ”

God’s Word Never Returns Void:

God ’ s Word Never Returns Void “ the wages of sin is death ” (Rom 6:23) “ God calls all men everywhere to repent because He has appointed a Day when He will judge the world in righteousness ” (Acts 17:30-31) “ unless you repent, you will all likewise perish ” (Luke 13:3) “ God demonstrated His love towards us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us ” (Rom 5:8) “ unless a man is born-again, he will by no means see the Kingdom of God ” (John 3:3)

Get to the Point!:

Get to the Point! Warren W. Wiersbe said: “ As we walk down the middle of the broad road, we meet lost people face to face; and our task as witnesses is to warn them that the map they ’ re using is all wrong and the destination they ’ re heading for is named destruction. ” The aim, the goal, the desired result by both Christians and Christ is a spiritual conversion, not merely a spiritual conversation.

You don’t belong in a box! And neither does God!:

You don ’ t belong in a box! And neither does God! Martyn Lloyd-Jones said: “ We are not going to fight this modern battle successfully by repeating the sermons of the Puritans verbatim, or adopting their classifications and sub-divisions, and their manner of preaching. That would be futile. We must learn to hold on to the old principles but we must apply them, and use them, in a manner that is up-to-date … The moment that we become slaves to any system – I do not care how good it was in it ’ s age and generation – we are already defeated, because we have missed this whole principal of adaptability. ”

Use Humor & Entertainment:

Use Humor & Entertainment While it would be great if we could simply preach a 20 minute message out there on the streets to an attentive audience, it typically won ’ t work that way. We also must remember that we are called to preach the gospel, not entertain people or make them laugh.

Engaging the crowd to keep the crowd :

Engaging the crowd to keep the crowd While many people won ’ t stop to listen to a 20 minute sermon, many will stop if you are having a dialog back and forth with someone. While you ’ re preaching, ask questions and then pause to give someone walking by a chance to answer. Be as inviting as you can for people to ask questions. Let them know that you want to dialog.

To preach the gospel, you must live the gospel:

To preach the gospel, you must live the gospel The young man who just recently decided to be a preacher said to his Pastor “ I ’ ve decided that I ’ m not going to preach anything that I am not living first. ” The Pastor, after his many years of experience said “ Then you ’ re not going to have many sermons. ” The young man a bit stunned from his pastors response quickly thought about it and said “ Well, at least they ’ ll all be good! ” Andrew Bonar said of Robert Murray M ’ Cheyne “ from the first he fed others by what he himself was feeding upon. His preaching was in a manner the development of his soul ’ s experience. It was a giving out of the inward life. He loved to come up from the pastures wherein the Chief of Shepherds had met him- to lead the flock entrusted to his care to the spots where he found nourishment … His heart was filled, and his lips then spoke what he felt within his heart. He gave out not merely living water, but living water drawn at the springs that he had himself drunk of, and is not this true gospel ministry? ”

Prayer: most power and yet most neglected weapon :

Prayer: most power and yet most neglected weapon Martin Luther said “ prayer, meditation, and temptation make a preacher. ” Samuel Chadwick said “ Satan dreads nothing but prayer. The Church that lost its Christ was full of good works. Activities are multiplied that meditation may be ousted, and organizations are increased that prayer may have no chance. Souls may be lost in good works, as surely as in evil ways. The one concern of the devil is to keep Saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work, prayer-less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. ” John Wesley said “ For if all your arguments and persuasive fail, there is yet another remedy left, and one that is frequently found effectual when no other method avails. This is prayer. ”

Love as Christ loved :

Love as Christ loved Walter Russell Bowie said “ The Christian Church does not need more popular preaching, but more unpopular preaching. ” O. S. Hawkins wrote “ Many modern appeals are superficial or designed to make hearers feel good. Some churches even rejoice in the fact that people can attend their services without being made to feel guilty about their lifestyles, whatever it may be. Simon Peter ’ s appeal did not have that effect. It cut and pierced his hearers to the heart. Perhaps that is the reason 3,000 were saved and baptized that day, but also the reason one out of four churches in today ’ s greatest missionary-sending denomination cannot even baptize one new convert in an entire year! Until a person recognizes there is no hope within himself to satisfy the righteous demands of God ’ s Law, the cross is simply a farce to him … one must take personal responsibility for the death of Christ … Conviction always proceeds conversion. ”

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