When Laboring in Preaching Seems To Do No Good

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Are you in a situation where it seems that preaching does little good?  Are you finding yourself being tempted to back off and try other methods in order to gain some semblance of results and fruits to placate (face it) your own ego and put others at ease when going through a thin season of growth?  Or, as Jeremiah Burroughs put it:  “And when it comes to the preaching of that sermon, perhaps the minister finds that they are not at all stirred one whit. ‘Why, Lord, what shall I do then? I cannot think ever to speak things that are more powerful than those that I have spoken, and those have done no good. Therefore I am afraid I shall never do good.'”

Hear his conclusion: 

“Therefore, let ministers go on and sow their seed and preach still. That which they have spoken (perhaps they have been delivering arguments that they thought would have moved the heart of a devil) has been opening the miserable condition of men and opening the riches of Jesus Christ. Well, there must be no discouragement; go on and sow your seed in the morning, and in the evening withhold not your hand. Go on and preach again and again, and let the Word of God be presented before the hearts of the people. Though it has not wrought at one time, yet it may work at another time. Yea, though you should grow weaker and weaker, yet for all that the Lord may do good to you, even when you are at your weakest. In 2 Timothy 2:25 the apostle says to Timothy, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure will give them repentance.” Peradventure this day a truth may be handed from God to a soul – peradventure this text, peradventure that text, and so the soul may be brought in.”

from Jeremiah Burrough’s “Gospel Fear” , pages 80-81.  Read the entire article here.

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