John Holt Rice’s preaching is a wonderful model to follow

From A Memoir of John Holt Rice, by William Maxwell:

“In his preaching, which was now becoming more popular, he aimed to be as practical as possible; and to carry his discourse home to the “business and bosoms” of his hearers. He was always particularly careful, too, to teach the doctrines and duties of religion together, and to show their intimate connexion with each other. Thus, while he inculcated the cardinal doctrine of justification by faith alone, he was equally strenuous in urging and insisting upon the duty of maintaining good works, which are the fruits of the Spirit; and that not only as evidences of faith, but as things which were both useful to men, and pleasing to God. He laboured, also, very properly, to adapt his instructions, as far as he could, to the actual state of things about him; and, accordingly, did not hesitate to attack the vices and follies which he saw every day before his eyes. In doing this, we are told, he would occasionally give examples, and draw characters, by way of illustration, which were so true to nature, that he was sometimes suspected of being personal in his pictures; though he was always duly careful to avoid being so in fact; and, as far as possible, even in appearance.”


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