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15 Awesome Preaching Quotes To Inspire Your Preaching

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It’s not easy filling the pulpit week after week. Even is we love or calling and our task, we call all use a little inspiration once in a while to encourage us. We’ve collected bits of wisdom (preaching quotes) from across the globe–and across the centuries. If you’re trying to grow in the craft of preaching, let these preaching quotes challenge your approach to the pulpit. And be encouraged–you CAN make a difference!

15 Awesome Preaching Quotes

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

  2. “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

  3. “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

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

  5. “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

  6. “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” ~ Francis of Assisi

  7. “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

  8. “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

  9. “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

  10. “Only once did God choose a completely sinless preacher.” ~ Alexander Whyte

  11. “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

  12. “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

  13. ”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

  14. “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

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