Charles Spurgeon on Christ Centered Preaching

“You do not really preach the gospel if you leave Christ out–if He is omitted, it is not the gospel!  You may invite men to listen to your message, but you are only inviting them to gaze upon an empty table unless Christ is the very center and substance of all that you set before them!”

http://spurgeongems.org/vols46-48/chs2787.pdf

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Preaching Like Ron Burgundy

“In San Diego, one anchorman was more man than the rest.  His name was Ron Burgundy.  He was like a god walking amongst mere mortals.  He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr, and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo.”

For all his great strengths, Ron Burgundy had one weakness: he’d read anything that was put on the teleprompter (See clip below language warning).

This said, what was a weakness for the great Ron Burgundy, would be a great strength for a preacher. Continue reading

Timothy Keller on Gospel Preaching

“When the preaching of the gospel is either confused with or separated from the other endeavors of the church, preaching becomes mere exhortation (to get with the church’s program or a biblical standard of ethics) or informational instruction (to inculcate the church’s values and beliefs).  When the proper connection between the gospel and any aspect of ministry is severed, both are shortchanged.”

Timothy Keller “Center Church

Keller’s “Center Church” Wisdom

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“Though we may have an area or ministry that we tend to focus on, the gospel is what brings unity to all we do.  Every form of ministry is empowered by the gospel, based on the gospel, and is the result of the gospel… 

When the preaching of the gospel is either confused or separated from the other endeavors of the church, preaching becomes mere exhortation (to get with the church’s program or a biblical standard of ethics) or informational instruction (to inculcate the church’s values and beliefs).  When the proper connection between the gospel and any aspect of ministry is severed, both are shortchanged”

-Timothy Keller “Center Church” pg. 36, 37