1 Corinthians 2 sermon
1 Corinthians 2:1 Sermon
In the 1890s, a book appeared entitled Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush. It was authored by John Watson, who wrote under the pen name of Ian Maclaren. In the volume is the story of a lad who decided to enter the ministry. Before finishing school, however, his saintly mother died and he went to live with an aunt. By and by, the young man completed seminary and was ready to take his first church, indeed to preach his first sermon as pastor. The bright boy labored long on his sermon, then proudly read it to his aunt. When he asked for criticism, his aunt expressed appreciation for its beauty but reminded him that many of his parishioners had had little schooling. It was then she shared his mother's words of caution just before her death: "When you stand up to preach, always say a good word for Jesus Christ."