Bible Verses & Quotes on Pastors and Preaching the Word


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Bible Verses about Preaching

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” 1 Timothy 4:13 NIV

“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” Colossians 1:28-29

“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“…for the good hand of his God was on him. For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Ezra 7:9-10 ESV

“But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24

Preach-the-Word-in-Season-and-Out-of-Season-2-Timothy-4-2“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

“Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” Acts 20:26-27

“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130

Quotes about Preaching and Sermons

“Preaching is truth mediated through personality.”
― Phillips Brooks

“A prepared heart is much better than a prepared sermon. A prepared heart will make a prepared sermon.”
― E.M. Bounds

“I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.”
― Richard Baxter

“Where the Word of God is rightly handled, the voice of God is heard.” —David Jackman (see context)

DL-Moody-Quote-on-Preaching-Sermons-and-Jesus-Christ“The work of preaching is the highest and greatest and most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called.” Martyn Lloyd Jones

“Too many of our sermons share the recipe, or the menu, but not the meal; and our people go away hungry.” Warren Wiersbe

“The heart of Christian worship is the authentic preaching of the Word of God.” —Albert Mohler

“Authentic gospel preaching always engages people with eternal issues.”
― Colin S. Smith

“Some preachers use the Bible the way a drunk uses a lamppost—more for support than for illumination.” David Helm

“Preaching Christ does not mean merely to preach his doctrines, but to preach him as the object of supreme love and confidence.” —Charles Hodge

“The authority of preaching is not heightened but lost if the preacher forsakes his place behind the Book.” —Edmund P. Clowney

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

“The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.”
— D.L. Moody

“Called to preach!…commissioned of God to teach the word! A herald of the great King! A witness of the eternal gospel! Could any work be more high and holy? To this supreme task God sent his only begotten Son.”
—W.E. Sangster

“My grand point in preaching is to break the hard heart, and to heal the broken one.”
— John Newton

“To attain simplicity in preaching is of the utmost importance to every minister who wishes to be useful to souls.”
— J.C. Ryle

Quotes about Preaching the Word / Preaching Christ

“To preach Christ is to feed the soul, to justify it, to set it free, and to save it, if it believes the preaching.”
― Martin Luther

DA-Carson-on-Preaching-and-Studying-the-Bible“There is no long-range effective teaching of the Bible that is not accompanied by long hours of ongoing study of the Bible.” ―D.A. Carson

“A failure to preach Scripture redirects people from a God-centered perspective to a man-centered perspective. It tends to undermine confidence… in Scripture.”
― John MacArthur

“It matters to God what is preached. And it matters to Him how it is preached. No man is free to preach whatever and however he so chooses.”
― Steven J. Lawson

“A man who first tried to guess ‘what the public wants,’ and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of fool and knave.”
― C.S. Lewis

“Unfortunately, preachers who distort God’s Word are all too common today. Sometimes this springs from a sincere desire to soften hard hearts, but hearts aren’t changed by compromise.”
― Alistair Begg

Once the necessity and the fruitfulness of the method is recognized, however, no worthy workman in the Word can refuse the effort it requires. He is called as a scribe of the kingdom to bring forth treasures new and old, and any labor that issues in a fuller preaching of Christ has its reward.
― Edmund Clowney

“No sermon is of any value, or likely to be useful, which has not the three R’s in it; ruin by the fall, redemption by Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. My aim in every sermon, is loudly to call Sinners, to quicken saints, and to be made a blessing to all.”
— John C. Ryland

“The more fully that the gospel is preached, in the grand old apostolic way, the more likely is it to accomplish the results which it did in the apostolic days.”
― Horatius Bonar

“To those who preach: A sermon without Jesus is like a hospital without medicine. Sin is the deadly disease, Christ the only cure.” —Steven Lawson

Bonus Resource: 6 Characteristics of Apostolic Preaching in the Book of Acts

“When we preach or teach the Scriptures, we open the door for the Holy Spirit to do His work. God has not promised to bless oratory or clever preaching. He has promised to bless His Word.”
― Billy Graham

“If I only had one more sermon to preach before I died, it would be about my Lord Jesus Christ. And I think that when we get to the end of our ministry, one of our regrets will be that we did not preach more of Him. I am sure no minister will ever repent of having preached Him too much.”
― Charles Spurgeon

“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

“The motto of all true servants of God must be, ‘We preach Christ; and him crucified.’ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.”
― Charles Spurgeon

“All Christian preaching should be the exposition and application of biblical texts. Our authority as preachers sent by God rises and falls with our manifest allegiance to the text of Scripture.”
― John Piper

Quotes about Pastors/Preachers

“We must not offer people a system of redemption, a set of insights and principles. We offer people a Redeemer.”
― Paul David Tripp

“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.”
― John Wesley

“A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear, and your heart full of God’s Spirit, is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin.”
― Robert Murray McCheyne

“A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more.”
― John Owen

“With their doctrine they build, and with their lives they destroy.”
― Augustine

“Your task, O preacher, is to make sure that you are faithful to the text, that you are faithful to the proclamation of that gospel, that you are faithful to set forth the whole counsel of God, and then step back and let it happen.”
― R.C. Sproul

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