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)
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)
Pastor, on this Monday, don’t fret about what you think you didn’t say adequately or wish you had said differently or even not at all. Take heart from George Whitefield’s words:
“Other men may preach better than I, but no man can preach a better gospel.”
George Whitefield (1714 – 1770)
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.
It is always sweet preaching for me when I feel that I come forth in the name of my Master — when I do not come to tell you what ideas I have woven out of my own brain, nor to put attractive figures before you, as I would like to do sometimes — but rather, when I come to tell you just what my Lord would have you know, telling it as a message to you from your God and cherishing in my own heart His great love toward perishing sinners. Then, indeed, to minister is joy!
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
Pastor, you will never be good enough for your critics. Rest in your position in Christ today. — Matt
The defects of a preacher are soon spied. Let him be endowed with ten virtues and have but one fault, and that one fault will eclipse and darken all his virtues and gifts, so evil is the world in these times.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
So long as the church pretends or assumes to preach absolute values, but actually preaches relative and secondary values, it will merely hasten the process of disintegration. We are asked to turn to the church for our enlightenment, but when we do so we find that the voice of the church is not inspired. The voice of the church today, we find, is the echo of our own voices. When we consult the church we hear only what we ourselves have said.
There is only one way out of the spiral, and the way out is the sound of a voice, not our voice, but a voice coming from something beyond ourselves, in the existence of which we cannot disbelieve. It is the duty of pastors to hear this voice, to cause us to hear it, and to tell us what it says.
Fortune Magazine, January 1940