One of the most profound quotes I have ever come across, and one that has shaped my preaching ministry to a great degree comes from Richard Baxter. To be sure, I do not stand by all the assertions which Baxter proclaimed and published, but his distillation of the heart of the ministry of preaching as a dying man proclaiming good news to other dying men is incredibly insightful. In his Poetical Fragments, he writes:
I Preach’d, as never sure to Preach again,
And as a dying man to dying men! (30)
Whenever I am afforded the opportunity to preach, I do not take it lightly. I consider it one of the highest privileges in this life to deliver the message of God’s glorious grace to folks from all walks of life. Before I speak, regardless of audience or venue, I ask myself, “What if I preached to everyone as if they were dying? What message would they need?” To that end, I have made it my aim to abide by the Scriptures whenever I approach sermon preparation and proclamation. My supreme desire is to “preach the word,” and nothing but the Word. (2 Tim. 4:2) To, like St. Paul, “know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2) At every turn, my aim is to unfold the Scripture so all may “see Jesus.” (John 12:21)
Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (Mark 16:15)
But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Gal. 6:14)
I’ve been afforded the opportunity to speak at various churches and venues in recent years, and I would be humbled to be considered for your next event. I’m open to travel and I’m available to for any number of services, conferences, or retreats.
If you’re interested in scheduling me to preach for your next special service or event, feel free to use the contact form below. I would love to connect with you and your church or organization, and bring you the good news of “grace upon grace!” You can also find more examples of my preaching by visiting the sermon archives. Blessings!
- Richard Baxter, Poetical Fragments: Heart-Imployments with God and It Self (London: J. Dunton, 1689).