The Puritans on Preachers…

05 Apr

Take heed to yourselves, lest you be void of that saving grace of God which you offer to others … be also careful that your graces are kept in vigorous and lively exercise, and that you preach to yourselves the sermons which you study, before you preach them to others … watch therefore over your own hearts: keep out lusts and passions, and worldly inclinations; keep up the life of faith, and love, and zeal; be much at home, and much with God … take heed to yourselves, lest your example contradict your doctrine … lest you unsay with your lives, what you say with your tongues.… We must study as hard how to live well, as how to preach well. We must think and think again, how to compose our lives, as may most tend to men’s salvation, as well as our sermons.…

Packer, J. I. (1990). A quest for godliness: The Puritan vision of the Christian life (75–76). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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