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
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
I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.
- Richard Baxter
The task of the preacher is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
- Vance Havner
Word and worship belong indissolubly to each other. All worship is an intelligent and loving response to the revelation of God, because it is the adoration of His name. Therefore, acceptable worship is impossible without preaching. For preaching is making known the name of the Lord, and worship is praising the name of the Lord made known.
- John Stott
Genius is not essential to good preaching, but a live man is.
- Austin Phelps
One reason why women are forbidden to preach the gospel, is, that they would persuade without argument and reprove without giving offence.
- John Newton
Many men affect to despise fear, and in preaching resent any appeal to it; but not to fear when there is occasion is as great a weakness as to fear unduly without reason. God implanted fear in the soul as truly as He implanted hope or courage.
- James H. Aughey
The preacher who will proclaim this glorious truth and magnify the cleansing power of the blood of Christ will find that his message of full deliverance touches life at every point. He is doing a disservice to his hearers and is dishonoring his God if he substitutes any other theme.
- Duncan Campbell
There was one thing I was never going to do--no way: preach at a crusade!
- Franklin Graham
I have never once feared the devil, but I tremble every time I enter the pulpit.
- John Knox
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
Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.
- John Selden
Preaching is the moral conscience of a nation.
- Jack Hyles
Hundreds of men are hoarse from continual speaking, and are wearied out with running here and running there. If things slow down, we evolve yet another type of meeting. And when this new and added wheel is spinning merrily with all the other wheels, there may be no spiritual outcome whatsoever, but there is a wind blowing in our faces; and we hot and sticky engineers have a comfortable feeling that something is going on.
- A.J. Gossip
Other men may preach the gospel better than I, but no man can preach a better gospel.
- George Whitefield
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
To love to preach is one thing to love those to whom we preach, quite another.
- Richard Cecil
You preached well," said a friend to John Bunyan one morning. "You are too late," said honest John, "The devil told me that before I left the pulpit.
- Charles Spurgeon
Now they always accuse me of carrying around a sledge hammer with which to pound the church members. Yes sir, I do pound them, every time I come down, I knock one of the halfway fellows out of the doorway, and every time I knock one out I get a sinner in.
- Mordecai Ham
Preaching is teaching with a tear in the eye.
- Jack Hyles
I would have every minister of the Gospel address his audience with the zeal of a friend, with the generous energy of a father, and with the exuberant affection of a mother.
- Francois Fenelon
Once the necessity and the fruitfulness of the method is recognized, however, no worthy workman in the Word can refuse the effort it requires. He is called as a scribe of the kingdom to bring forth treasures new and old, and any labor that issues in a fuller preaching of Christ has its reward.
- Edmund Clowney
A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet reaches your conscience.
- Leonard Ravenhill
It was said of one who preached very well, and lived very ill, "that when he was out of the pulpit it was pity he should ever go into it; and when he was in the pulpit, it was pity he should ever come out of it."
- Thomas Fuller