Wise Counsel to a Young Preacher - by Mr. BrewerPastoral Theology and Expository Preaching Articles
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In 1768, Augustus Toplady (being 28 years old), spent the afternoon in London with Mr. Brewer — an older seasoned Gospel preacher whom he greatly admired and from whom he learned much. This is what Mr. Brewer said to the young Toplady (this is recorded in Toplady’s diary).
I cannot conclude without reminding you, my young brother, of some things that may be of use to you in the course of your ministry:
1. Preach Christ crucified, and dwell chiefly on the blessings resulting from His righteousness, atonement, and intercession.
2. Avoid all needless controversies in the pulpit; except it be when your subject necessarily requires it; or when the truths of God are likely to suffer by your silence.
3. When you ascend the pulpit, leave your learning behind you. Endeavor to preach more to the hearts of your people — than to their heads.
4. Do not affect too much oratory. Seek rather to profit your hearers — than to be admired by them.