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On Preaching: My Ten Favourite Sentences

I'm not particularly looking to turn this into a series, but last week's collection of sentences on devotional times seems to have helped some people, so I thought I'd do one more. Here are the ten most helpful sentences I have read (or heard) on the subject of preaching:

“The great design and intention of the office of a Christian preacher are to restore the throne and dominion of God in the souls of men; to display in the most lively colours, and proclaim in the clearest language, the wonderful perfections, offices, and grace of the Son of God; and to attract the souls of men into a state of everlasting friendship with him.”
- Cotton Mather

“Preach Christ or go home.”
- Charles Spurgeon

“Most people won’t remember most of your points, but don’t worry; they don’t remember most of the meals they’ve eaten either, but they’ve all done them good.”
- John Hosier

“Preaching is expository exultation.”
- John Piper

“It is the duty, then, of the interpreter and teacher of Holy Scripture the defender of the true faith and the opponent of error, both to teach what is right and to refute what is wrong, and in the performance of this task to conciliate the hostile, to rouse the careless, and to tell the ignorant both what is occurring at present and what is probable in the future.”
- Augustine

“Choose your critics.”
- Graham Marsh

“Let them devastate Satan’s reign; let them pasture the sheep, kill the wolves, instruct and exhort the rebellious; let them bind and loose thunder and lightning, if necessary; but let them do all according to the word of God.”
- John Calvin

“Don’t just do something; stand there!”
- Al Mohler

“I did nothing; I left everything to the Word.”
- Martin Luther

“Go and stand in the temple, and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
- Acts 5:20

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