Posted by: jmark | February 17, 2009

Have I ever preached?

From Ed Clowney in “Preaching Christ in All of Scripture”:

On one occasion I had tea with Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Ealing, London, and decided to ask him a question that concerned me. “Dr. Lloyd-Jones,” I said, “How can I tell whether I am preaching in the energy of the flesh or in the power of the Spirit?”

“That is very easy,” Lloyd-Jones replied, as I shriveled. “If you are preaching in the energy of the flesh, you will feel exalted and lifted up. If you are preaching in the power of the Spirit, you will feel awe and humility.”

I shriveled too in reading this.  I wonder if I have ever preached at all?  One or twice I can have felt utter awe.  Too often I have felt lifted up.

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