Preach to the Maids and Children

“When I preach I regard neither doctors or magistrates, of whom I have above forty in my congregation; I have all my eyes on the servant maids and on the children. And if the learned men are not well pleased with what they hear, well, the door is open.”

I have to admit that I found Luther’s statement to be both provocative and reflective of thoughts I’ve often felt but never verbalized. I would imagine that it is a hard balance for every pastor to determine the breath and depth of his preaching for his church family. There will likely be present within any congregation those who think their pastor too shallow and others who consider him to deep.

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One thought on “Preach to the Maids and Children

  1. While we were in college, our church called a new (used) pastor. Pastor Dean told us one Sunday evening that some of his colleagues had visited and told him they considered that he was giving us “too much meat” and that they wouldn’t dare to preach to their own congregations at the level Pastor Dean was preaching. Pastor Dean asked if this was the case: Was his preaching too “in-depth” for us? He didn’t want to preach “Pablum” (baby food). One of the men in the congregation spoke up: “That’s why you’re here and they’re not.”

    Luther is right: Pride has no place in a Christian’s life, nor in the community of the saints. I appreciate preaching that is the result of study and time and personal application. Regardless of whether or not the preaching is “equal” to my level of education, if it is the Truth, I must listen and understand it and apply it. “Now that you know these things, blessed are you if you DO them [emphasis mine].”

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