Preaching to One Person

When you preach to a congregation, you don’t preach to a congregation but to an assembly of individuals. When I preach publicly, I preach to one person because the Word is for individuals.

The radio preacher who talks about “people out there in radio land” invites everybody to turn the radio off, because there are no “people” — only individuals.

You should do that, I think, in pulpit ministry. How do you preach to a crowd? Crowds don’t do anything; individuals do.

I like Philip Brook’s definition of preaching: “The communication of divine truth through human personality.” We preach as individuals to individuals.

— Warren Wiersbe in Preaching Magazine, May/June 1992


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