Tests genuine experience by the standard of biblical truth idealistically, realistically, optimistically.
Draws lines distinguishing between believers and unbelievers.
Makes frequent and wise application of truth to life.
Balances biblical, doctrinal, experiential and practical elements.
Cultivate a life of communion with our God and Savior.
Builds experience upon the foundation of Holy Scripture, God’s Word.
Goes beyond contemporary superficiality into the deep wisdom of old paths.
Offers food to satisfy the new spiritual sense of the believers’ souls.
Touches the heart with a bitterness of sin and the sweetness of grace.
Reformed Experiential Preaching applies the truth of God to the hearts of people to show how things ought to go, and do go, and ultimately will go in the Christian experience, with respect to God, and his neighbors (i.e. family, church, world around him).
Reformed experiential preacher receives God’s Word into his heart and then preaches it to the minds, the hearts and the lives of his hearers.
Note 1: Head-knowledge of God is not useless but necessary. We need to know the truth.
Note 2: We don’t change people by our experiences as preachers. Holy Spirit alone changes people.
Every revival throughout church history begins in the hearts of preachers, who were set aflame with the truth of God’s Word and preached it with passion and conviction; then the Holy Spirit who prepared that minister’s heart, use that minister, then other ministers, and then other ministers got impacted, and use those ministers to bring from heart to heart to the people, and brought waves of revival.
The act of preaching is a living bond (connection) between preacher and hearers. The bond that you cannot leave your church is that there are hungry people who want to be fed and grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.” — John Wesley
其实，追本溯源，改革宗信仰并不是宗派性神学，而是不断改革归正、回归圣经、精益求精的运动。这一运动的出发点和落脚点既不是十六、十七世纪的欧洲，也不仅仅局限于路德、慈运理、加尔文、诺克斯等欧洲宗教改革时期的代表性人物，而是历世历代以来各族各方无数得蒙上帝光照的个人心灵。当人起初受造的时候，都是 “按照上帝的形象受造” 的 (formed in the image of God) ；当人犯罪堕落的时候，这一形象就 “受到了罪的扭曲” (deformed by the sin of the fall) ；当人重生的时候，上帝就 “在基督里通过圣灵的大能重新创造了我们” (reformed in the heart in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit) 。因此，在口头上认信改革宗信仰，加入改革宗教会，传讲改革宗神学，都有一定的意义。但是，真正的 “改革宗” 人士，绝不仅仅是口头上的认信和传讲，也不在于在什么形式的教会中聚会或事奉，而是在于个人的心灵真正被上帝的慈爱和大能改变，真心认罪悔改，归向上帝，归向真理，爱主爱人。从这个角度而言，我们祈求上帝，使更多的人真正成为被上帝改变了生命的真正的 “改革宗” 人士！