Thursday, February 12, 2015

I'd Rather See a Sermon / Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?

I’d Rather See a Sermon

by Edgar A. Guest


I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me
than merely tell the way.

The eye's a better pupil
and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example's always clear;

And the best of all preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it
if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons
by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you
and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.



While we're on the subject, here's an old Sunday school song:

Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?
Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?
Jesus calls upon you to spread the Gospel news,
So walk it, and talk it—
A sermon in shoes.

Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?
Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?
Jesus calls upon you to spread the Gospel news,
So walk it, and talk it.
Live it, and give it—
A sermon in shoes.

Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?
Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?
Jesus calls upon you to spread the Gospel news,
So walk it, and talk it.
Live it, and give it.
Teach it, and preach it—
A sermon in shoes.

Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?
Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?
Jesus calls upon you to spread the Gospel news,
So walk it, and talk it.
Live it, and give it.
Teach it, and preach it.
Know it, and show it—
A sermon in shoes.


Click here to listen to the song.

Recommended reading:

Preparing Evangelistic Sermons
Design for Living: Lessons on Holiness from the Sermon on the Mount by J. Dwight Pentecost
Children's Music