On Preaching - Martyn Lloyd Jones

When you think of the preaching you are hearing, does it change you?

Martyn Lloyd Jones, the great Welsh preacher of the last century, wrote,

"Any true definition of true preaching must say that [this] man is there to deliver the message of God, a message from God to those people. If you prefer the language of Paul, he is an 'ambassador of Christ'. That is what he is. He has been sent, he is a commissioned person, and he is standing there as the mouthpiece of God and of Christ to address these people.

In other words, he is not there merely to talk to them, he is not there to entertain them. He is there - and I want to emphasise this - to do something to those people; he is there to produce results of various kinds. He is not merely to influence a part of them; he is not only to influence their minds, or only their emotions, or merely to bring pressure to bear upon their wills and induce them to some kind of activity. He is there to deal with the whole person; and his preaching is meant to affect the whole person at the very centre of life.

Preaching should make such a difference to a man who is listening that he is never the same again."