Friday, June 07, 2019

Luther: the ideal preacher

Friday, June 7, 2019
    If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
    —1 Timothy 4:6 (NIV)
    A good preacher should have these properties and virtues: first, to teach systematically; secondly, he should have a ready wit; thirdly, he should be eloquent; fourthly, he should have a good voice; fifthly, a good memory; sixthly, he should know when to make an end; seventhly, he should be sure of his doctrine; eighthly, he should venture and engage body and blood, wealth and honor, in the Word; ninthly, he should suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of every one.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Table-Talk [1566], CCCXCVII. (see the book)
    See also 1 Tim. 4:6; Matt. 5:11-12; 1 Cor. 4:10-13; 1 Tim. 3:1-15; Heb. 13:9; 1 Pet. 2:23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen the character of Your ministers, for the sake of Your name.
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