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Written by A.L. Beckett   
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 15:38

By A.L. Beckett


About forty years ago a good sister told me that a young preacher came to her for advice about preaching. She knew the Bible well because she had put a lot of time in reading it. She said to him, "The gospel is the POWER of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." The young preacher said, "Sister, I am putting everything I have in my preaching and as much POWER as I can in my speaking." The good sister looked at him and said, "Paul didn't say YOUR POWER but he said God's power." She said to the young preacher, "My advice to you is to pray that the God of heaven would grant you the power that your preaching would feed the children of God."


Brethren and sisters, I sit here tonight thinking about my journey of the last thirty-five years in the ministry and how I failed to do that what this good sister told the young preacher to do. In the last thirty years our preaching is not having the same effect on the congregation that it did in the '40s and '50s. It could be that when we have plenty, the church and the Old Gospel Story is not as important as when we are in need.

I believe we have in our Old Baptist Church the most able preachers in the history of the church. We have the best teaching of the Bible in my forst-five years in the church. Could it be that we are depending on our learning of the Bible and not depending on the Great God of heaven to give us the power to preach the gospel?

Let's remember what this sister said to the young preacher and pray to God to give us PREACHING GRACE and the POWER in our preaching that it will move our congregation into action...

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From the late Elder Arthur Lee Beckett's book My Journey.

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