As a pastor I’ve appreciated Charles Bridges’ The Christian Ministry. One great aspect of this old book is that Bridges is clear: a Christian pastor needs to constantly and clearly proclaim the gospel. Jesus suffering, dying, and being raised again to save sinners must be the heartbeat of our preaching. Here’s how he states it.
“Our rule [of preaching]…will frame itself into the determination of the Apostle – ‘not to know anything among our people, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified’ (2 Cor. 2.2). This is the one mode of preaching that God has promised to bless; when ‘all our sermons’ (according to the Archbishop of Cologne) are ‘made to set forth and magnify Christ the Lord.’ Uniformity of sentiment upon this cardinal point has always marked the labor of faithful ministers, and secured the divine blessing upon their work; while a deficiency in this particular is…
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