I have always been drawn to those who can speak with creativity and with conviction. This was true before my conversion, and is especially true today. Since my conversion, I find myself hungering to hear the word preached. When it comes to preaching, there are two basic things that I want to hear from a preacher: the word of God and earnestness. If he doesn’t bring the word of God, he has nothing to say. If he isn’t earnest, I’m tempted to not believe him. As I evaluate my own preaching, and coach other preachers, I find that earnestness is one of the areas that needs the most attention. A man’s earnestness in preaching is often the hand that grips the hearer and brings him along side the preacher to the truth proclaimed.
C.H. Spurgeon, in his sermon "Earnestness: It’s Marring and Maintenance," wrote:
Many of them have family trials, and heavy personal burdens to carry, and they frequently come into the assembly cold and listless, with thoughts wandering hither and thither; it is ours to take those thoughts and thrust them into the furnace of our own earnestness, melt them by holy contemplation and by intense appeal, and pour them out into the mould of the truth.
Earnest preaching is not a matter of volume or cadence. But it is something we can grow in. So, what are the common characteristics of earnest preachers? Though there are many, here are four straightforward characteristics that can be diligently sought out and implimented into the preaching of any man called to be an earnest minister in the pulpit:
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