Jump directly to the Content

Cutting-Edge Communication

—Let the preacher beware of subtracting from his effectiveness by harboring cherished personal sins

—Good sense says: Be neither an immobile statue nor an animated caricature

—Speak not too loudly or too softly. Shout and offend the refined. Speak too low and fail to be heard

—Don't foster the suspicion that you are preaching another's sermon and have not had time to assimilate it yourself

—Take care not to bombard people with words that have no meaning for them. Following Paul's advice, prefer five words with understanding to ten thousand in tongues

—Speak to the heart, not just the ears

—Strive to please God, not men

—Be careful of saying anything about those, especially, who are absent; avoid preaching against anyone unless the total welfare of church and people, or the culprit's own spiritual needs, demands it

—When necessary, speak fearlessly. Speak the truth without dissimulation. Proclaim the Word of God with faithfulness

—Let ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

December
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
What Is An Evangelical?
What Is An Evangelical?
Coming to terms with terms isn't easy.
From the Magazine
If a Social Issue Matters to God, the Church Should Be Praying About It
If a Social Issue Matters to God, the Church Should Be Praying About It
Too often, our practices of intercession are thin to nonexistent. The Reformed tradition shows us how to revive them.
Editor's Pick
My Body Is a Temple, Not a Fighting Machine
My Body Is a Temple, Not a Fighting Machine
Why I left a promising boxing career behind after coming to Christ.
close