In light of the recent discusssions happening here between Christians at myspace, I thought it would be very beneficial to provide a link in blog format, to a sermon by my friend Dustin Segers on the Correct use of Ridicule and Humor in Apologetics.
For the sake of those of you who don’t have the time to listen to the entire sermon, I have taken the liberty of transcribing the opening prayer, in the hopes that Mr. Segers’ attitude displayed throughout the sermon will make itself clear.
Notice the humility and sincerity. We all need to learn to praise these qualities over and above the more worldly qualities (like volume, and overbearing argumentative techniques) which are being praised more and more often these days.
Father, we thank you for your love for us. We praise you for your truth Lord. It is by your sovereign grace that we are here, that we stand justified before you. It’s not on account of any righteousness of our own. We certainly cannot wear that on our coat sleeves. We do not have any self righteousness because we stand before you as filthy beggars.
Those who have been caused to come to you by the power of your spirit, those whom you’ve granted salvation as a gift, as you say in Ephesians chapter 2, that the faith, the grace, the entire gift of salvation, the whole package father, has been given to us, by you, and we have that ratified on the cross, through the blood of your son which was shed on our behalf.
Lord we pray that you would let us hold Jesus up as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. We pray that we would be a people who desire to see the gospel run in our local communities. We pray for those who hear what I have to say today and reject it. We pray that they would be conformed to the mold of scripture instead of being squeezed into the mold of this world.
I pray that your preacher this morning, that this speaker would not present his own fallible, silly, and stupid opinions, but that I would proclaim your infallible truth and that you would remove my flesh out of the way, and that I would proclaim what you would have me say to your people for their edification, for their benefit, and for their teaching.
I pray for those that are here that may not know you. I pray that you would convict them of their sins and draw them to faith in Christ. I pray lord that a love and a sweet fellowship would be seen among the brethren today, as we have fellowship in this church meeting. We thank you for a place to meet in freedom. We give glory and honor to you, to whom all things consist. We praise you Christ’s name. Amen.
Listen to the entire sermon here: