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Christian Conversation, Part 3

By Elizabeth Prata

We are inundated with hate language all day long from rebellious pagans, and many of us are also treated to the snark, anger, or hateful speech of people claiming to be fellow Christians, too (surely blotting their witness.) I don’t want to fall into the same trap. The Bible says “Your speech must always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” (Colossians 4:6).

How do I do that? How do I develop the habit of speaking of the glories of Jesus and have edifying conversations?

I found a Spurgeon sermon that fills the bill.

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Part 7 here

Christian Conversation

A Sermon (No. 2695) Delivered by C. H. SPURGEON, At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, On a Lord’s-day Evening in the autumn of 1858.

“They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power.”—Psalm 145:11

    Now, then, first, here is a subject for conversation: “they shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom and talk of thy power.” Secondly, we will try to find out some causes why Christians must speak concerning this blessed subject and then, thirdly, I will very briefly refer to the effect of our talking more of Christ’s kingdom and power.

    I. First, here is A SUBJECT FOR CONVERSATION: “They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power.” Here are two subjects; for God, when he puts grace into the heart, does not lack a subject upon which we shall converse.

    First, we are to converse concerning the glory of Christ’s kingdom. The glory of Christ’s kingdom should ever be a subject of discourse to a Christian; he should always be speaking, not merely of Christ’s priesthood or his prophesying, but also of his kingdom, which has lasted from all eternity; and especially of that glorious kingdom of grace in which we now live, and of that brighter kingdom of millennial glory, which soon shall come upon this world, to conquer all other kingdoms, and break them in pieces.

    The psalmist furnishes us with some divisions of this subject, all of which illustrate the glory of Christ’s kingdom. In the 12th verse he says, “To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts.” The glory of a kingdom depends very much on the achievements of that kingdom; so, in speaking of the glory of Christ’s kingdom, we are to make known his mighty acts.

We think that the glory of Old England—at least, our historians would say so,—rests upon the great battles she has fought, and the victories she has won. We turn over the records of the past, and we see her, in one place, vanquishing thousands of Frenchmen at Agincourt; at another period, we see the fleets of the Spanish Armada scattered by the breath of God. We turn to different battles, and we trace victory after victory, dotted along the page of history, and we say that this is the glory of our kingdom.

Now, Christian, when you speak of the glory of your Master’s kingdom, you must tell something of his great victories;—how he routed Pharaoh, and cut the Egyptian Rahab, and wounded the dragon of the Nile; how he slew all the firstborn in one night; how, at his command, the Red Sea was divided; how the children of Israel crossed over in safety, and the chivalry of Egypt was drowned in the flood.

Talk ye also of how God overcame Amalek, and smote Moab; how he utterly cut off those nations that warred against Israel, and caused them to pass away for ever. Tell how Babylon and Nineveh were made to rue the day when God smote them with his iron hand. Tell ye to the world how God hath crushed great nations and overcome proud monarchs; how Sennacherib’s hosts were left dead within their camp, and how those that have risen up in rebellion against God have found his arm too mighty for their strength and prowess. Tell of the terrible acts of our Saviour’s kingdom; record his victories in this world; nor cease there. Tell how our Saviour routed the devil in the wilderness when he came to tempt him. Tell how he—

“All his foes to ruin hurled, Sin, Satan, earth, death, hell, the world.”

Tell how he hath bruised the head of Satan. Tell how death has lost his prey. Tell how hell’s deepest dungeons have been visited, and the power of the prince of darkness utterly cut off. Tell ye how antichrist himself shall sink like a millstone in the flood. Tell how false systems of superstition shall flee away, like birds of night when the sun rises too brightly for their dim sight to bear. Tell ye all this, tell it in Askalon and in Gath; tell it the wide world over, that the Lord of hosts is the God of battles; he is the conqueror of men and of devils; he is Master in his own dominions. Tell ye the glory of his kingdom, and rehearse “his mighty acts.” Christian, exhaust that theme if thou canst.


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