Interview with Geoff Thomas

If you have never heard Welsh pastor Geoff Thomas preach then do whatever you can to hear this faithful pastor. He has been used of God for over forty years in the same church in vowel-deficient Aberystwyth, Wales. Earlier this month Martin Downes conducted an excellent interview with Thomas which you can read here and here. Here are a few excerpts:

 

“Personal prayer and the devotional life are still the most challenging and neglected parts of our own ministries, and my deepest regret.”

“The biblical faith became more and more externalized or hollowed out. Fellow students were contaminated by the spirit of the age. The doctrine of common grace had become more enchanting than redeeming grace. The individual heart and soul was neglected and an emphasis on its needs dismissed as “individualism!”

“How important to find some preachers whose sermons are a blessing to our souls. I go to as many conferences as I can where experiential biblical Christianity is promoted. I read the magazines that support that perspective. I meet each month with a fraternal of ten men who love those truths. I meet each Friday morning at 7 a.m. to pray for a revival of God’s truth in our day. I preach three times a week from Old and New Testaments, always looking for new ground to break.”

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kevin McAteer on June 1, 2007 at 1:01 am

    Paul, thanks for sending these out. They were a real encouragement and conviction at the same time. Thank God for such honesty and humility lived out by this pastor.

    I am still chewing on his answer to question 9, “Keep the narrow path until you are forty. You have all the New Testament church had – the means of grace, the Word of God, prayer, godly living. It is enough for these to master you without going out on a limb in a display of innovation, which spirit cannot keep you in a church for a lifetime.” Interesting that he says, “for these to master you” instead of “for you to master these.”

    May we be among those who can stay the course and be faithful for 40 years, if God tarries!

  2. Yes Kevin! Thomas’ wisdom seems to flow like water and it is refreshing as well. This is one of those interviews that we should probably read once a year.

  3. Posted by Kevin McAteer on June 1, 2007 at 2:48 am

    Or once a month!

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