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Seek and Expect Christ When You Preach

By on February 14, 2013 in Faith with No Comments

mljpreach1A great passage from the late British Pastor D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his book Preaching and Preachers that should be a challenge to all of us who preach and teach.  I say this because it is so easy to teach from our own power and approach preaching and teaching without a sense of expectation that something will happen.

Paul knew he was clothed with power and authority.  How does one know it?  It gives clarity of thought, clarity of speech, ease of utterance, a great sense of authority and confidence as you are preaching, an awareness of a power not your own thrilling through the whole of your being, and an indescribable sense of joy. . .

What about the people?  They sense it at once; they can tell the difference immediately.  They are gripped, they become serious, they are convicted, they are moved, they are humbled.  Some are convicted of sin, others are lifted up to the heavens, anything may happen to any one of them.  They know at once that something quite unusual and exceptional is happening. . . .

What then are we to do about this?  There is only one obvious conclusion.  Seek Him!  Seek Him!  What can we do without Him?  Seek Him!  Seek Him always.  But go beyond seeking Him; expect Him.  Do you expect anything to happen when you get up to preach in a pulpit?  Or do you just say to yourself, ‘Well, I have prepared my address, I am going to give them this address; some of them will appreciate it and some will not’?  Are you expecting it to be the turning point in someone’s life?  Are you expecting anyone to have a climactic experience?  That is what preaching is meant to do.  That is what you find in the Bible and in the subsequent history of the church.  Seek this power, expect this power, yearn for this power; and when the power comes, yield to Him.  Do not resist.  Forget all about your sermon if necessary.  Let Him loose you, let Him manifest His power in you and through you.

HT: Ray Ortlund

About the Author

About the Author: Shane Vander Hart is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts.  He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has also served as an interim pastor and is a sought after speaker and pulpit fill-in.  Shane has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1993 and they have three kids.  Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +. .

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