Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Gleanings from Charles Bridges' "The Christian Ministry"
Gleanings from Charles Bridges’ The Christian Ministry (original 1830; abridged edition, 1849; Banner of Truth reprint, 1967):
Our plain and cheering duty is therefore to go forward—to scatter seed—to believe and wait (p. 76).
Ours is the care of service—His is the care of success. “The Lord of the harvest must determine, when, and what, and where the harvest shall be” (p. 76).
Cowper’s line—‘If parsons fiddle, why may’nt laymen dance?’ –has at least as much truth as wit in it (p. 121).
…and who knoweth, but that we shall find that our most successful efforts for our people were the hours—not when we were speaking to them from God, but when we were speaking for them to God? (p. 149).
Believe—wait—work—are the watchwords of the Ministry (p. 179).
So true is it, that we must preach the Gospel, in order to reform the world (p. 242).
No souls, therefore, can be won to him, except by setting forth his name, work, and glory (p. 245).
Indeed, we are bound to explain to our people, according to the light afforded us, every part of the book, which was designed for general instruction, and of which we are the ordained interpreters (p. 249).
If some poison their people, others may be in danger of starving them (p. 254).
Let Christ be the diamond to shine in the bosom of all your sermons (p. 258).
Christian experience is the influence of doctrinal truth upon the affections (p. 259).
Our doctrine must be as a garment, fitted for the body it is made for; a garment that is fit for every body, is fit for nobody (p. 270).
The Minister, that does not manifestly put his heart into his sermon, will never put his sermon into the heart of his people…. A painted fire may glare, but will not warm (p. 320).
How gently we handle those sins, which will so cruelly handle our people’s souls (p. 323)!
The constant repetition,—not the weight—of the heavenly showers, makes impressions on the hardest substances (p. 326).
Favoritism in Scripture is the grand parent of both heresy and instability of profession (p. 378).
Experience shows us, that often the most difficult work remains when we have come down from the pulpit, needing special direction of prayer, study, and careful regard to our Master’s ministration for its effectual discharge. On one particular, however, we cannot mistake; that to all, of every class and at every stage, the attractions of the cross must be unfolded, and its heavenly glory made intelligible…. (p. 383).