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Quotes on preaching

“The preaching of Christ is the whip that flogs the devil. The preaching of Christ is the thunderbolt, the sound of which makes all hell shake.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

”The preacher is not a chef; he's a waiter. God doesn't want you to make the meal; He just wants you to deliver it to the table without messing it up. That's all.” ~ John MacArthur

“God has ordained that our preaching become deeper and more winsome as we are broken, humbled, and made low and desperately dependent on grace by the trials of our lives.” ~ John Piper

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.” ~ John Wesley

Prayer is the foundation on which world-changing visions are built.  - Jerry Nance, Ph.D., President, Global Teen Challenge

“If Jesus preached the same message minister's preach today, He would have never been crucified.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill

“Preaching the truth without love is like giving someone a good kiss when you have bad breath.” Ed Silvoso, Prayer Evangelism

“The gospel we preach must not be just something we hear from men or read from books or even conceived through our meditation. Unless it is delivered to us by God, it can serve no spiritual utility.” ~ Watchman Nee

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” ~ Francis of Assisi

“I'd rather be able to pray than to be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught his disciples how to preach, but only how to pray.” ~ D.L. Moody

“We complain today that ministers do not know how to preach; but is it not equally true that our congregations do not know how to hear?” ~ J.I. Packer

“What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this: It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence.” ~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Only once did God choose a completely sinless preacher.” ~ Alexander Whyte

Jesus ministered not to attract attention to himself, but because he loved needy people and cared about their needs. Compassion drove Jesus to give people his time, his love, his energy, his life—his all. - Colin Dye

It takes two wings for an eagle to fly. If an eagle were to try to fly with just one wing he would only spin around in circles on the ground. The same is true with many people who are trying to soar spiritually on their faith, but have not added patience. These just keep going around in circles, getting more and more frustrated and kicking up a lot of dust. Any truth that we teach without this counter balancing truth will lead us to frustration, not fulfillment. - Rick Joyner

“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” ~ John Wesley

“If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew.” ~ Billy Graham

“Cartooning is preaching. And I think we have a right to do some preaching. I hate shallow humor. I hate shallow religious humor, I hate shallow sports humor, I hate shallowness of any kind.”  ~ Charles M. Shulz

“I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.” ~ Richard Baxter

“Some of the best things I have ever thought of I have thought of during bad sermons.” ~ Jayber Crow (a fictional character by Wendell Barry)

“To preach Christ is to feed the soul, to justify it, to set it free, and to save it, if it believes the preaching.” ~ Martin Luther

“A man who first tried to guess 'what the public wants,' and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of fool and knave” ~ C.S. Lewis

“People have an idea that the preacher is an actor on a stage and they are the critics, blaming or praising him. What they don't know is that they are the actors on the stage; he (the preacher) is merely the prompter standing in the wings, reminding them of their lost lines.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

“If the truth were known, many sermons are prepared and preached with more regard for the sermon than the souls of the hearers.” ~ George F. Pentecost

“One filled with joy preaches without preaching.” ~ Mother Theresa

“The sermon has been reduced to parenthetical church remarks about newspaper events,” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Few sinners are saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.” ~ Mark Twain

“They tell me that I rub the fur the wrong way. I don't; let the cat turn around.” ~ Billy Sunday

“A prepared heart is much better than a prepared sermon. A prepared heart will make a prepared sermon.” ~ E.M. Bounds

“I don't like to hear cut and dried sermons. No—when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“I have attended church regularly since I was less than a week old. I've listened to sermons about virtue, sermons against vice. I have heard about money, time management, tithing, abstinence, and generosity. I've listened to thousands of sermons. But I could count on one hand the number of sermons that were a simple proclamation of the gospel of Christ.” ~ Rich Mullins

“It matters to God what is preached. And it matters to Him how it is preached. No man is free to preach whatever and however he so chooses.” ~ Steven Lawson

“I would rather preach one sermon than write a thousand books.” ~ Vavasor Powell

“The most important thing a pastor does is stand in a pulpit every Sunday and say, 'Let us worship God.' If that ceases to be the primary thing I do in terms of my energy, my imagination, and the way I structure my life, then I no longer function as a pastor.” ~ Eugene Peterson

"He preaches well that lives well." ~ Miguel DeCervantes