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Preaching Quotes


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A good discourse is that from which one can take nothing without taking the life.

A minister, without boldness, is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel that is afraid to let off his gun. If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove.

A preacher should have the skill to teach the unlearned simply, roundly, and plainly; for teaching is of more importance than exhorting.

A strong and faithful pulpit is no mean safeguard of a nation's life.

Alas for the unhappy man that is called to stand in the pulpit, and not give the bread of life.

All things with which we deal preach to us. What is a farm but a mute Gospel? The chaff and the wheat, weeds and plants, blight, rain, insects, sun, - it is a sacred emblem from the first furrow of spring to the last stack which the snow of winter overtakes in the fields.

As the great test of medical practice is that it heals the patient, so the great test of preaching is that it converts and builds up the hearers.

But in his duty prompt at every call, He watch'd and wept, he pray'd and felt for all.

Do as we say, and not as we do.

First, in your sermons, use your logic, and then your rhetoric; rhetoric without logic is like a tree with leaves and blossoms, but no root.

For years I have attended the ministrations of the house of God on the Sabbath, and though my pursuits are literary, I tell you I have received through all these years, more intellectual nourishment and stimulus from the pulpit, than from all other sources combined.

Genius is not essential to good preaching, but a live man is.

Grant that I may never rack a Scripture simile beyond the true intent thereof, lest, instead of sucking milk, I squeeze blood out of it.

He who the sword of heaven will bear, should be as holy as severe.

I don't like those mighty fine preachers who round off their sentences so beautifully that they are sure to roll 0ff the sinner's conscience.

I have taught you, my dear flock, for above thirty years how to live; and I will show you in a very short time how to die.

I love a serious preacher, who speaks for my sake and not for his own; who seeks my salvation, and not his own vainglory. He best deserves to be heard who uses speech only to clothe his thoughts, and his thoughts only to promote truth and virtue. Nothing is more detestable than a professed declaimer, who retails his discourses as a quack does his medicine.

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.

In pulpit eloquence, the grand difficulty lies here; to give the subject all the dignity it so fully deserves, without attaching any importance to ourselves. The Christian messenger cannot think too highly of his Prince, or too humbly of himself.

It is a good divine that follows his own instructions. I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of twenty to follow mine own teaching.


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