Blogotional quotes someone who says: “As Christians, we are first and foremost a people with whom God dwells. We are a people of His presence…..So often, we seek to know God through many methods other than the one thing needful which is direct personal knowledge.” and is sceptical that such personal knoweldge can be imparted through preaching. He is however eager to hear more about what kind of preaching changes lives. This study is the study of a lifetime, and in many ways is an extension of the simple gospel debate.
It is vital to understand that it is the gospel preached that is the power of God to change lives. As Paul puts it in Romans 1 “I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” Paul seems to believe that there is something in the proper preaching of the proper gospel that brings salvation to people. Spurgeon believed it, and my slow progress blogging through his soul winner book has thrown up some wonderful quotes. I believe that the biggest problem today is the absense of true preaching. There are some sites online that you can listen to preaching that is begining to get close to what it should be. Personally like Lloyd-Jones did, I sometimes wonder whether I have ever really preached- although I am greatful to God that I have seem some fruit from my sermons.