Malcolm MacLean on Andrew Bonar
1. Verses not Books
Bonar was a very ordinary preacher with a peculiar preaching style. He was not an orator, but built up his churches by the preaching of the Word.
He preached from Bible verses, rather than working his way through Books of the Bible, seeking his texts from the Lord. He always preached Jesus. A sense of the presence of God accompanied his preaching.
His sermons would last 1/2 hour.
Bonar preached for conversions.
He prayed for more freedom and power in preaching.
His preaching was imaginative. His people got the point of his message, which was not soon forgotten.
Bonar used a straightforward style, preaching not to scratch heads, but pierce hearts.
3. Christian life
He emphasised holiness of life in his preaching, urging his congregation to follow biblical examples of godly living.
4. Enraptured with the Saviour
He preached Christ in every sermon.
Bonar's preaching made the Bible seem like a new book. Unseen things became real.
Bonar kept a diary in which he recorded his private prayers. He once spent three hours in prayer before first sermon. For him the Lord's day was a day of prayer. He regarded prayer as the Minister's chief work. In his private devotions he always read the Bible before prayer. He viewed prayer as a letter to Jesus.
Concluding thoughts on Westminster 2010