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Sermons We See

As Christian Leaders, we have heard many sermons, and some of us have preached those sermons. We normally think of “proclaimational sermons,” but this poem talks about “incarnational sermons.” Only a few people are trained and able to preach a traditional sermon. All of us can preach “sermons we see.” Be encouraged as you continue to preach incarnational sermons through your example and way of life.


Sermons We See by Edgar Guest

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear;

And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds, For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you'll let me see it done; I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true, But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give, But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind. When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind

Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold; One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.

Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear, For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.

Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say, I'd rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

What encouraging story could you share about how you have been impacted by a person who preached "sermons we see"?

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