Around two millennia ago, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and reminded them of something that we, as believers, are all too often ready to forget: “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power (1 Cor. 4:20).” The first century was marked with the mightiest works of God this world has ever seen: the life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and outpouringof the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Indeed, the old had gone, the new has come. Yet, 19 centuries later, we find ourselves in an age of spiritual malaise, where it appears secularism has Christianity on the ropes.
So, I picked up a profoundly helpful book by Charles Spurgeon. It is entitled: Lectures to my students. Spurgeon started a Pastor’s College, and it was an incredibly God-honoring establishment. As I was reading I came across a few pages full of illustrations. These illustrations are intended to help preachers be effective in their preaching. I am going to start implementing some of these hand motions to make my own preaching more powerful. Perhaps this is where Piper learned his hand motions from!