Serious Thoughts for Christian Ministers 
I never preached a sermon which did not cost me prayers with strong cries and tears. Thomas Shepard
It is not marriage that spoils ministers, but sloth, self-indulgence, and the fear of the cross. Oecolampadius
Men are ever to be prepared for the Gospel by the preaching of the Law. Theodore Beza
Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan. John Bunyan
In the plainest text there is a world of holiness and spirituality. Joseph Caryl
Preach Scriptural truths in Scriptural language. John Brown
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8)
To preach plainly and simply is a great art. Martin Luther
The doctrine of a minister must credit his life, and his life must adorn his doctrine. Jean Daille
The ministry will not grace the man; the man may disgrace the ministry. Joseph Hall
An ignorant minister is none of God’s making, for God gives gifts where he gives a calling. Henry Wilkinson
Three things make a preacher: reading, prayer and temptation. John Trapp
If God were not my Friend, Satan would not be so much my enemy. Thomas Brooks
He was a burning and a shining light. (John 5:35)
In what God smites you, see if you have not in that sinned against him. William Whately
Never was a biography written like this: ‘Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.’ John MacDonald
The world would use us just as it did the martyrs, if we loved God as they did. Daniel Wilson
I dare not play fast and loose with God and my conscience. Oliver Heywood
If God will help me to take care of my duty, I will leave him to take care of my comfort. John Angier
When Satan borrows sense to speak one thing, let faith borrow Scripture to speak the contrary. David Dickson
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. (Romans 10:1)
O, Spirit of God, bring back thy church to a belief in the Gospel! Charles Haddon Spurgeon
What difference, do you think, will God make between an open enemy and a counterfeit friend? John Oldfield
It is not wishes that glorify God, but practice. Thomas Manton
Heaven! What would you do there, you who are not born again? Thomas Boston
We must still take it for a door of hope when we get grace to abide at any duty. Michael Bruce
Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence. (Isaiah 64:1)
The text is the Word of God abridged; preaching is the Word of God enlarged. Nehemiah Rogers
My Master infinitely surpasses my commendations; he is so excellent that it would be but an obscuring of his excellence for me to babble about it. James Renwick
I long to be engaged in the blessed work of saying to the heathen: ‘Behold your God!’ Robert Moffat
Pray for Reformation by the Word preached. Thomas Cartwright
God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. (Psalm 67.7)
Seven Secrets of Powerful Preaching
- Reverence for God.
- Sincere aims: be faithful to the Word and profitable to souls.
- Diligent and prayerful preparation: be diligent in studying the Word, prayerful for the presence of God.
- Be keenly sensitive to spiritual and eternal realities.
- Have faith in the power and mercy of God.
- A holy character.
- The presence of God.
(Drawn from the writings of Robert Bruce of Kinnaird)
Compiled by John Brentnall, editor of Peace and Truth, the magazine of the Sovereign Grace Union from which 2010:2 edition the above is taken with permission. Other articles in this series can be found here and here.
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