The preacher should not enter his pulpit claiming to have received a revelation; his claim should be that he is a man who reads the Word and prays and believes that the Holy Spirit illumines and enlightens his understanding, with the result that he has a message for the people.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Christian Unity
I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
I REALLY struggle with this!
“The plainest words are the profitablest oratory in the weightiest matters.”
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
He who has given himself entirely unto God will never think he does too much for Him.
Henry Scougal (1650-1678)
The ministry of proclaiming the gospel is the ministry, not of testimony merely, but of reconciliation. It has as its object the actual reconciliation of the whole world.
B.B. Warfield (1851-1921)
Pastoral preaching is effective when the listeners detect in the preacher’s manner a loving concern, and understanding heart, and a biblical approach to solving the problem.
Warren Wiersbe, Jesus in the Present Tense (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2011), 76.