A congregation of preachers

Commenting on Matthew 13: 53-58, William Barclay says,

“There is a great lesson here. In any church service the congregation preaches more than half the sermon. The congregation brings an atmosphere with it. That atmosphere is either a barrier through which the preacher’s word cannot penetrate; or else it is such an expectancy that even the poorest sermon becomes a living flame.” (p. 92)

What a responsibility for every congregation.


William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 2, Chapters 11-28 (Edinburgh: The Saint Andrew Press, [1957] 1975)

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