Wednesday 20 May 2009

John Stott on Authority and Humility in Preaching

‘We shall be wise, in our preaching, neither to say “Thus says the Lord” (since we do not have the authority of an inspired Old Testament prophet) nor to declare “I say to you” (since we do not have the authority of Jesus Christ and his apostles), but rather, at least most of the time, to use the “we” form of address. For then it will be clear that we preach nothing to others which we do not also and first preach to ourselves, and that authority and humility are not mutually exclusive.

John R.W. Stott, I Believe in Preaching (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1982), 58.

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