For all the hubris of its title, The Best Method of Preaching (Reformation Heritage Books, 2013) is actually a very humbleâand humblingâlittle book. Petrus van Mastricht, a 17th-century Dutch preacher, found huge manuals of sermon preparation to be unhelpful, so he wrote what in its original Latin folio edition came to 12 pages of indispensable instruction for those who want their congregations to flourish. A joint project with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Reformation Heritageâs English edition (the first ever translated) runs 60 pages. With the logical acumen characteristic of its era and a tightly packed condensation of material rare for any era, van Mastrichtâs work will greatly benefit anyone who wants to apply the Word of God to his own soul....
Or, you can get advice from a conservative American preacher,
John MacArthur wrote: ...Weâre not asking people to let Jesus in their life so He can make them all they want to be. Weâre asking them to become slaves. Weâre speaking to the dead and the blind, of the foolishness of the cross and asking them to become slaves.
Whatâs the difference between a slave and a servant? A servant worked for wages, a slave was owned...huge difference. Servants were hired to work for their wages and when the job was done, they went on their way. Slaves were owned, could not quit. If they tried to quit, they would be arrested, sometimes executed so the other slaves would be afraid or stamped on their forehead, fugitivus, so that for the rest of their life it would be identified that they had been a fugitive.
I have noticed on these news article forums the classic back and forth between "Calvinists" and "Arminians". To me, the most profound and solid proof that the Reformed perspective is correct is the central focus on God and His infallible Word. I have read works from Dutch Reformed authors and cannot deny the clear distinction between the focus of their writings to those of a more man-centered, liberal focus. Scripture states (paraphrase) that if a person's works survives the fires of judgment, he shall be rewarded. Works like the one mentioned in this article is probably another work of gold.