The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Thursday, October 06, 2005
From a sermon by Andrew Sandlin on 1 Cor. 2:

I draw your attention to a great fact from v. 5. If we employ the classical rhetoric of the Greeks, we forfeit the power of the Holy Spirit. When we say, “Let’s make the Gospel sound urbane and cogent and persuasive in our speech,” God says, “Fine. You’ll have your impressive speech, and you’ll forfeit My power.”

Sisters and brothers, when you declare the Gospel to your family and friends and neighbors, know that you don’t need persuasive words; you only need the power of the Holy Spirit. Too many preachers today lust for rhetoric and lack the power.