‘In 55 years preaching, I’ve hardly ever been asked to preach about God’ – Sinclair Ferguson

Sinclair Ferguson’s introduction to this sermon, summarised as part of an intro to my sermon on Sunday night:

‘I’ve been preaching for 55 years, and I have never once in those 55 years ever, ever, been asking to preach on the goodness of God. Behind that, you might think, rather puzzling phenomenon, lies this. I’ve hardly ever been asked to preach about God. And that should tell us something about the Christian church. That actually deep down we’re more interested in man than we are in God. And even for Christians, it’s far easier to speak about ourselves and our own spiritual experience than it is to speak about God’.

Ferguson said that when J. I. Packer’s classic book Knowing God was first published in 1973, the editor told him that even though the book would go on to sell millions, they only initially published 2,000 copies because they weren’t sure they could find 2,000 evangelical Christians who were really interested in knowing God.

Ferguson said: ‘If you are a preacher, it is 100 times more difficult to talk about God, than to talk about man. 100 times more difficult to exalt the glory of God than it is to speak about anything else’.

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