What to Preach? THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN EVERY SERMON
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED:
Preach Jesus, as the central theme and all correlated truth in its proper relation. People don't go to church to hear literacy ad scientific discussions-- the most of them get all they want of that through the week. They want the Bread of Life and nothing else will satisfy that insatiable heart hunger. They have battled with the world until many are footsore and weary, and need to have a new touch from the Lord. What a terrible mistake to endeavor to satisfy this immortal thirst for the living God, with anything less than the Water of Life! No wonder that the masses are drifting away from the church.
Jesus said: "If I be lifted up. I will draw all men unto me." And no other message will so continuously charm and hold the attention, as the gospel preached in the power of the Spirit. This land is full of substitutes and base imitations, and as a result the people are starving for the truth. A noted minister recently said:
"Allow me to whisper in some young minister's ear that if he is going to select two or three professional men, and prepare learned sermons for them, he is making a double mistake. He is neglecting the common people who heard the Master gladly, but he is wearying the other people nigh unto death. They have had enough of the lecture room and its theories. They have come to church for insight on daily duty, and inspiration to do it bravely. Never can I forget what a distinguished scholar who used to sit in my church, once said to me, 'Your best work in the pulpit has been to put heart unto men for the coming week.' I wish I had put more.
And when I have in my day, like us all, attempted to reconcile science and religion, one of the greatest men of science, who used to be a hearer in my church, never seemed to be interested, but when I dealt with the deep affairs of the soul, he would come around in the afternoon and talk it out."
"For just when the ideas are lacking, a word may prove most opportune." ~ Goethe.
Taken from the "The Christian Workers Magazine" - September 1913
Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
2Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Jude 1:20-21 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.