The Power of Preaching

Last summer, Dallas Seminary, my Alma mater published the Dallas Connection for alumni with several articles and numerous great quotes on preaching.  Here are a few quotes about the power of preaching that deeply resonated with me:

  • “It’s not too difficult to be biblical if you don’t care about being relevant. And it’s not too difficult to be relevant if you don’t care about being biblical. But to be both biblical and relevant is the art of expository preaching” (John Stott)
  • “We might preach until our tongues rotted, till we would exhaust our lungs and die, but never a soul would be converted unless the Holy Spirit be with the Word of God to give it the power to convert the soul” (Charles H. Spurgeon)
  • “It’s a long time since I preached a sermon that I was satisfied with. I scarcely recollect ever having done so.  You do not know, for you cannot hear my groanings when I go home, Sunday after Sunday, and wish I could learn to preach somehow or other” (Charles H. Spurgeon)
  • “If the fountain of living water does not flow from the mountain of God’s sovereign grace on Sunday morning, will not the people hew for themselves cisterns on Monday, broken cisterns that can hold no water?” (John Piper)
  • “To love to preach is one thing, to love those to whom we preach is another” (Richard Cecil)
  • “Never think of giving up preaching! The angels around the throne envy you and your great work” (Alexander Whyte)
  • “Preach the Word. Don’t preach from it or about it. Preach it. Read it, explain it, illustrate it. Allow the Holy Spirit to glorify Jesus Christ, producing salvation and sanctification” (Robert Gromacki)
  • “While so many today expound on life and illustrate with Scripture, we must return to expounding on Scripture and illustrating with life” (Stephen Davey)
  • “Preaching the Word is the pastor’s highest privilege and most awesome responsibility” (Don Geiger)

And the most important one…

  • “Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:2)

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