For you, I am Bishop, but with you, I am a Christian. The first is an office accepted, the second a grace received; one a danger, the other safety. If then I am gladder by far to be redeemed with you than I am to be placed over you, I shall, as the Lord commanded, be more completely your servant. - Augustine (354-430)
He who is required by the necessity of his position to speak the highest things is compelled by the same necessity to exemplify the highest things. - Gregory the Great (540-604)
Since you [O Lord] have appointed this blind guide to lead then [your people], for their sakes, Lord, if not for mine, teach him whom you have made to be their teacher; lead him whom you have bidden to lead them; rule him who is their ruler. - Aelred (1109- 1167)
Prayer, meditation, and temptation make a minister. - Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Those whom the Lord has destined for this great office he previously provides with the armor which is requisite for the discharge of it, that they may not come empty and unprepared. - John Calvin (1509-1564)
I go out to preach with two propositions in mind. First, every person ought to give his life to Christ. Second, whether or not anyone else gives him his life I will give him mine. - Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
F. B. Meyer once said the secret of the great ministry of Samuel Martin (for whom Westminster Chapel was built) was that every Friday he locked himself in the building and went round, kneeling in seat after seat, in prayer for those who sat there. - Resource, July/August, 1990
A prayerless preacher is a misnomer. - E. M. Bounds (1835-1913)
To be a pastor a man must set his heart on the life to come and regard the matters of eternal life above all the affairs of this present life. Above the trifles of this world, he must appreciate in some measure the inestimable riches of glory. - Richard Baxter
No man who is full of himself can ever truly preach the Christ who emptied Himself. - J. Sidlow Baxter
A man should only enter the Christian ministry if he cannot stay out of it. - D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
The Preacher as Persuader, D. Sunukjian, in Walvoord: A Tribute, Donald Campbell, ed., Moody, 1982, p. 289.
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