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“If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.” ~ G. K. Chesterton

“The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not ‘What a lovely sermon,’ but ‘I will do something!’” ~ Francis de Sales

“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

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

“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

“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 Bible does not say we should aim at numbers but rather urges us faithfully to proclaim God's message in the boldness of the Holy Spirit. This will build God's church God's way.” ~ Jim Cymbala

”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

“If preachers decide to preach about hope, let them preach out of what they themselves hope for.” ~ Frederick Buechner



Ray Hollenbach helps pastors and churches navigate change. He's the founder of DEEPER Seminars, weekend leadership retreats focused on discipleship in the local church. His newest book is Deeper Grace, a guide to the connection between grace and spiritual maturity. Ray currently lives in central Kentucky, coaching and consulting church leaders. You can visit his blog at Students of Jesus.

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Suresh Manoharan

commented on Oct 22, 2012

Very inspirational, edifying quotes emanating from the deep experiences' of the Blessed Servants of God.

David Buffaloe

commented on Oct 22, 2012

great quotes!

Pollie Marabe

commented on Oct 23, 2012

Thanks for helpful quotes,it's a great help for every preacher. Live to what we preach!

David Tack

commented on Oct 27, 2012

Collector of quotes. This is a fine collection, thanks for sharing them.

Alan Bosmeny

commented on Aug 28, 2013

Here's another from D.L. Moody - "Faith the fizzles at the finish had a flaw in it from the first." Thanks for the inspiration.

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