Unseen Listeners

In the next few days I’ll reveal the details of this book I’m reading.  I’ve quoted it or alluded to it several times and for the sake of academic integrity I should cite my source . . . but I just want to get a little further into it first.  Nonetheless, here’s a great little quote.  I won’t say too much, but I will say we would do well to ponder this quote, whatever size congregation we usually preach to:

What other form of speech has thee five effects: to delight God, to astonish angels, to discourage devils, to encourage saints, and to restore sinners?  I’ve done my time preaching to virtually empty halls and churches, and it is a great fillip to remember that three of the five audiences of a sermon are unseen. (p79)


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