The Weight of Preaching

I am experiencing the truth of the following quote in a unique way this week as I prepare to preach John 3:1-14 this Sunday (reading it to my wife tonight brought tears) :

“It is no small matter to stand up in the face of a congregation, and deliver a message of salvation or damnation, as from the living God, in the name of our Redeemer. It is no easy matter to speak so plain, that the ignorant may understand us; and so seriously that the deadest hearts may feel us; and so convincingly, that contradicting cavillers may be silenced” (Richard Baxter, as quoted in Horton Davies, The Worship of the English Puritans, p. 183).

(HT: Douglas Wilson)

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