What Salvation is Not

Salvation does not consist in anything of the flesh, that is, in anything earthly, human and natural, as “the flesh profiteth nothing” (John 6:63). If, then, we be asked WHAT IT IS WHICH SAVES A SOUL, we answer that it is not works of righteousness which we have done or can do; nor the…

William Dyer on the goal and substance of Christ-centered preaching

As gospel ministers, may these words describe our life and labor… "Dear Christians, according to my talents received, I have endeavored to set forth the riches, the loveliness, the preciousness and excellencies that are in Christ—to draw your heart after him, and to make you desire and love him. Oh! Jesus Christ is a…

Spurgeon's Complaint with Topical Preaching, and Why I Now Preach Verse-by-verse

Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers”, once said of his topical approach to preaching: "To me still, I must confess, my text selection is a very great embarrassment…” “…I must confess that I frequently sit hour after hour praying and waiting for a subject, and that this is the main part of my study; much…

Richard Sibbes: “Nothing Will Melt the Hard Heart of Man but the Blood of Christ”

…tenderness of heart is wrought by an apprehension of tenderness and love in Christ. A soft heart is made soft by the blood of Christ. Many say that an adamant [stone] cannot be melted with fire, but by blood. I cannot tell whether this be true or no; but I am sure nothing will melt…

6 Vital Elements of the Gospel Message (Peter got it Right)

Peter’s gospel sermon on the day of Pentecost contained at least six vital elements that must mark our gospel preaching. When presenting the gospel, we do not consciously address each of these points, but rather our gospel message should be seasoned throughout with these truths. Otherwise our gospel message will be lacking, and will…