PREACHER/PREACHING

“Why do you not practice what you preach.”  St. Jerome

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

“Popularity has slain more prophets of God than persecution ever did.” Vance Havner

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

“The Christian ministry is the worst of all trades, but the best of all professions.” Isaac Newton

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

“We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.” A. W. Tozer

“Our pulpits today are occupied with puppets rather than with prophets, with organizers rather than with agonizers.” Leonard Ravenhill

“A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.”  Charles Spurgeon

“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

“To be effective the preacher’s message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people.” A. W. Tozer

“But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?” William Booth

“O my brethren, my heart is enlarge towards you. I trust I feel something of that hidden, but powerful presence of Christ, whilst I am preaching to you.” George Whitefield

“If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people from getting to reality.” Oswald Chambers

“There is a very real danger of our putting our faith in our sermon rather than in the Spirit. Our faith should not be in the sermon, it should be in the Holy Spirit Himself.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“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

“Do not suppose, dearest Sir, that I am so short-sighted as to destroy my life by English preaching, or any other preaching. St. Paul did much good by his preaching, but how much more by his writings.” Henry Martyn

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer.” John Wesley

“If some Christians that have been complaining of their ministers had said and acted less before men and had applied themselves with all their might to cry to God for their ministers—had, as it were, risen and stormed heaven with their humble, fervent and incessant prayers for them—they would have been much more in the way of success.” Jonathan Edwards

“I can forgive a man for a bad sermon, I can forgive the preacher almost anything if he gives me a sense of God, if he gives me something for my soul, if he gives me the sense that, though he is inadequate himself, he is handling something which is very great and very glorious, if he gives me some dim glimpse of the majesty and the glory of God, the love of Christ my Saviour, and the magnificence of the Gospel. If he does that I am his debtor, and I am profoundly grateful to him.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“This perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body. More solitude and earlier hours! I suspect I have been allotting habitually too little time to religious exercises, as private devotion and religious meditation, Scripture-reading, etc. Hence I am lean and cold and hard. I had better allot two hours or an hour and a half daily. I have been keeping too late hours, and hence have had but a hurried half hour in a morning to myself. Surely the experience of all good men confirms the proposition that without a due measure of private devotions the soul will grow lean. But all may be done through prayer—almighty prayer, I am ready to say—and why not? For that it is almighty is only through the gracious ordination of the God of love and truth. O then, pray, pray, pray!” William Wilberforce

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