Sermons shape us. Sometimes they shape us because the preaching is excellent. Sometimes they shape us because the timing is right, and the preacher says exactly what we need to hear. And sometimes they shape us in spite of the preacher, because “the Word of God is not bound” (2 Tim. 2:9). If God’s Word is a sharp sword (Heb. 4:12), it can cut even when wielded by a novice.

Both H. B. Charles and John Piper are skilled and experienced preachers, but they trust in the sharpness of God’s Word rather than their own swordsmanship. That fact comes through in their discussions of the sermons that shaped their lives.

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