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Preach from the rights of God rather than the needs of man.

    Author: Winkie Pratney

For all of us involved in preaching the gospel, performing music, publishing Christian materials, and all the rest, there is an uncomfortable message here: Jesus is not terribly impressed with religious commercialism

    Author: Jim Cymbala
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

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.

    Author: Jim Cymbala
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Our forebears back in the camp meeting days used to say that if people left a meeting talking about what a wonderful sermon the preacher gave or how beautifully the singers sang, the meeting had failed. But if people went home saying thing like "Isn't God good? He met me tonight in such a wonderful way," it was a good meeting. There was to be no sharing the stage with the Lord.

    Author: Jim Cymbala
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Zondervan Publishing House, p. 70.

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.

    Author: Mordecai Ham

It means to preach the Bible in such a way, that the meaning of the Bible passage is presented entirely and exactly as it was intended by God. That's the challenge - the divine Word coming through the preacher.

    Author: John MacArthur

If I preach to please men, I am not the servant of Christ; and woe unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

    Author: William Tiptaft

Christ never preached any funeral sermons.

    Author: D.L. Moody

Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.

    Author: John Calvin

A man preacheth that sermon only well unto others which preacheth itself in his own soul... If the word do not dwell with power in us, it will not pass with power from us.

    Author: John Owen
    Source: The True Nature of a Gospel Church

A sermon is not made with an eye upon the sermon, but with both eyes upon the people and all the heart upon God.

    Author: John Owen
    Source: Quoted by Curtis C. Thomas, Practical Wisdom for Pastors, Crossway Books, 2001, p. 47.

My burden is to plead for the supremacy of God in preaching--that the dominant note of preaching be the freedom of God's sovereign grace, the unifying theme be the zeal that God has for his own glory, the grand object of preaching be the infinite and inexhaustible being of God, and the pervasive atmosphere of preaching be the holiness of God.

    Author: John Piper

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