Seachlights from the Word by G. Campbell Morgan: A Sermon suggestion from every chapter in the Bible.
FOREWORD FROM THE ORIGINAL BOOK
These notes were written over a period of three and a half years, and published in a weekly religious journal. During that time I constantly received messages from ministers, missionaries, and lay preachers, in many fields, telling me of their helpfulness in suggesting themes for sermons. This gave me great satisfaction, for I know of no service that I would rather render than that of being helpful to just such men. Multitudes of them are rendering heroic service in out-of-the-way, and oftentimes lonely places, cut off from libraries, and not able to procure many books. Moreover, my own experience has taught me that more detail work, with its drain upon one's strength, devolves upon the pastor of the small church, than upon those in the larger ones. Anything that can be done to help such men is more than worth while. It is in the hope that I may be rendering such help that I publish these notes.
The word I have employed in the subtitle is intended to indicate the specific character of the notes. They are sermon-suggestions; they are not sermons. Not one of them is complete. They are not sermon-outlines. No attempt is made in any of them at systematic arrangement of a sermon. Moreover, I have resolutely refrained from heading the notes with suggested "subjects," preferring to let the text of Scripture be their only caption.
On every page of the "Holy Letters" - the "God-breathed Writings" - there are many thoughts, which stretch out like long, clear arms of light across the darkness, discovering things which otherwise were hidden, and often illuminating wider areas than those of the immediate context. They are searchlights.
From a multitude of these, I have selected one in each chapter of the Bible. Perhaps the work will also serve to illustrate a method of showing how focal points of radiating light gather their radiance from the context.
Thus, with a strong desire only to help by suggestion, I commit this work to book form, praying that some of my brethren who are gloriously toiling in difficult corners of the Field may find it to be of some value to them, in the prosecution of their labours.
G. CAMPBELL MORGAN, Westminster Chapel, London SW1