Testimonies to the Power of Preaching
The reason I’ve been quite defensive lately (maybe too defensive, sorry Brant) about any challenge to the priority of preaching in the ministry of the church is not because I’m trying to protect my job. It is because I myself have seen God make big changes in my life through the discipline of listening to other people’s sermons. More so this last year than ever thanks to the availability of MP3 sermons online.
Here’s one example. I was listening this summer to John Piper preach from Luke 18 about the elect crying out to God day and night. He challenged us to get on our knees every morning and every evening and cry out, “O God change me!”. When I heard that something quietly happened in my heart. I felt the simple resolve, “I’m going to do that.” I went home and told my wife that I wanted to pray with her every morning and every evening not just about the kids, not just about the worries of the day, but about our own needs and desires to be changed by God into the image of Jesus. By God’s grace this habit has persisted and we are praying together now more than ever and we have seen changes in our lives.
That sermon didn’t supply me with any information I didn’t already have, but through that sermon God changed my heart.
Now I want to invite you to share some testimonies about how a sermon changed your life. A couple of guidelines:
1) It can’t be one of my sermons. I’m not fishing for compliments here.
2) It can’t just be a moment where your mind was blown by some deep truth. I want to hear about how you observably changed in love and obedience because of something God did in your heart while you were listening to a sermon.