Expositor's Quote of the Week

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Welcome to the Expositor's Quote of the Week. This email list exists to encourage preachers in fulfilling what Martyn Lloyd-Jones calls "the highest and greatest and most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called." Click here to join the list.

Here is a sample quote from John Piper:

Christian preachers, more than all others, should know that people are starving for God. If anyone in all the world should be able to say, "I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and glory," it is the herald of God. Who but preachers will look out over the wasteland of secular culture and say, "Behold your God!"? Who will tell the people that God is great and greatly to be praised? Who will paint for them the landscape of God's grandeur? Who will remind them with tales of wonder that God has triumphed over every foe? Who will cry out above every crisis, "Your God reigns!"? Who will labor to find words that can carry the "gospel of the glory of the blessed God"?

If God is not supreme in our preaching, where in this world will the people hear about the supremacy of God? If we do not spread a banquet of God's beauty on Sunday morning, will not our people seek in vain to satisfy their inconsolable longing with the cotton candy pleasures of pastimes and religious hype? If the fountain of living water does not flow from the mountain of God's sovereign grace on Sunday morning, will not the people hew for themselves cisterns on Monday, broken cisterns that can hold no water . . .?

We are called to be "stewards of the mysteries of God." . . . And the great mystery is "Christ in you, the hope of glory." . . . And that glory is the glory of God. And "it is required of stewards that they be found faithful" - faithful in magnifying the supreme glory of the one eternal God, not magnifying as a microscope that makes small things look bigger; but as a telescope that makes unimaginably great galaxies of glory visible to the human eye.

John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching (Baker, 1990), p. 108-109.

[Who will do all this if not you and me and the other preachers in this land? You have a vital mission of feeding your starving flock with food many do not know they need - are you faithful to it? Is God's glory your supreme goal? I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read it - over and over. Your preaching will never be the same. - Coty]


8/21/02, John Owen, The Word and Prayer

8/14/02, R.L. Dabney, God's Faithful Heralds

8/7/02, Charles Spurgeon, Are You Out of Your Depth?

7/31/02, R.B. Kuiper, How Important are You?

7/24/02, Charles Spurgeon, Joy in Suffering

7/17/02, Geoffrey Thomas, Are You a Brain-Oriented Preacher?

7/11/02, Mark Dever, The Primacy of Preaching

7/4/02, John Piper, Glitz and the Glory of God

6/27/02, Charles Spurgeon, The Preacher's Faith

6/21/02, G. Campbell Morgan, The Preacher's Focus

12/27/01, John Piper, Every Sermon is a Salvation Sermon

11/15/01, G. Campbell Morgan, The Discipline of Study

10/18/01, Charles Spurgeon, The Preacher's Weakness

10/3/01, G. Campbell Morgan, The Preacher's Acceptance

9/19/01, Charles Spurgeon, The Importance of Humility

9/5/01, B.B. Warfield, The Preacher's Resources

8/15/01, Geoffrey Thomas, The Bedrock of Powerful Preaching

8/8/01, John Newton, Humbled by God

8/1/01, Ron Owens, Preaching is Worship

7/25/01, Geoffrey Thomas, Boldness in Preaching

7/18/01, Bob Smith, Should Pastors Go to Jail?

7/11/01, John Newton, The Dead Fly

7/4/01, John Newton, God's Cause or Your Cause?

6/27/01, John Newton, The Heart of a Pharisee

6/20/01, John Newton, Humble Zeal

6/13/01, John Newton, The Preacher's Spirit in Controversy

6/6/01, John Stott, Popular or Offensive?

5/30/01, Charles Spurgeon, The Source of Honor

5/23/01, John Piper, Controversial Teachings

5/16/01, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching With Our Lives

5/9/01, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Danger of Praise and Promotion

5/2/01, John Leland, Preaching the Real Jesus

4/25/01, Charles Spurgeon, Prayer Measures Prosperity

4/18/01, Bruce Milne, Hearts Afire

4/11/01, John Stott, The Cross and Preaching

4/4/01, Charles Spurgeon, The Need to Ask

3/28/01, John Piper, The Preacher's Great Battle

3/21/01, John Stott, The Very Minimum Bible Reading

3/14/01, John Piper (on Calvin), The Preacher's Root Issue

3/7/01, John Piper (on Calvin), Unrelenting Exposition of the Word

2/28/01, Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Take Heed to Yourself

2/21/01, Sidney Greidanus, The Authority for Preaching

2/14/01, Charles Spurgeon, Preachers Under the Microscope

2/7/01, Richard Baxter, The Church Purchased With His Blood

1/31/01, John MacArthur, Verse by Verse

1/24/01, Augustine, Augustine on Prayer

1/17/01, John Piper, The Means to Great Preaching

1/10/01, Thomas Schreiner, Trembling, Singing, and Exegesis

1/3/01, Bryan Chapell, Preaching Morality vs Preaching Grace

12/27/00, John Piper, The Pastor's Joy

12/20/00, E.M. Bounds, What the Church Needs Today

12/13/00, E.M. Bounds, Prepare Your Heart!

12/6/00, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, How Much Do You Give Up to Preach the Gospel?

11/29/00, Charles Spurgeon, Is Your Blood Bibline?

11/22/00, Martin Luther, The Preacher's Remuneration

11/15/00, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Holiness and Service

11/8/00, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Clinic or Barracks?

11/1/00, Charles Spurgeon, Are You Fit to Preach the Gospel?

10/25/00, Charles Spurgeon, The Power to Act

10/18/00, Sinclair Ferguson, The Preacher and Systematic Theology

10/11/00, John Wesley, Read!

10/4/00, D.A. Carson, Marketing Jesus or Heralding the Gospel?

9/27/00, Charles Spurgeon, The Call

9/20/00, James Montgomery Boice, Where Do the Best Minds Belong?

9/13/00, J.I. Packer, Beating Back Satan

9/6/00, Jonathan Edwards and David Brainerd, The Spirit of Preaching

8/30/00, John Stott, Only Fools Become Wise

8/23/00, John Stott, Preaching the Whole Counsel of God

8/16/00, John Piper, The Preacher's Desperation

8/9/00, Charles Spurgeon, The Preacher's Incompetence

8/2/00, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Chief End of Preaching

7/26/00, Ray Stedman, God's Chosen Channel of Power

7/19/00, John Bunyan, Bunyan on Pride

7/12/00, J.I. Packer, Should We Preach Doctrine?

7/05/00, J.I. Packer, Preaching the Gospel vs Preaching to Felt Needs

6/28/00, John Stott, A Deaf Church is a Dead Church

6/21/00, Richard Baxter, Reason and Zeal for Drowsy Sinners

6/14/00, Richard Baxter, The Preacher's Insufficiency

6/07/00, Richard Baxter, The Well is Deep and Our Brains are Shallow

5/31/00, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Illustrating or Entertaining?

5/24/00, Charles Spurgeon, Logic Set on Fire

5/17/00, John Stott, Developing Christian Minds

5/10/00, John Piper, Expository Exultation

5/3/00, John Stott, The Lord God has Spoken: Who Can But Prophesy?

4/26/00, Charles Spurgeon, The Spirit of the Age

4/19/00, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Theology and Evangelism

4/12/00, Charles Spurgeon, Are You a Miracle-Worker?

4/05/00, Charles Spurgeon, Decisiveness for the Truth

3/29/00, John Stott, Preaching and Worship

3/22/00, John Piper, Gladness and Gravity

3/15/00, Phillips Brooks, Only Fire Kindles Fire

3/8/00, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Preacher's Prayer

3/1/00, John Piper, Food for the Starving

2/23/00, Charles Spurgeon, Jesus' Compassion on His Servants

2/16/00, Charles Spurgeon, Laborers or Loiterers?

2/9/00, John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching

2/2/00, Charles Spurgeon, Eloquent Discourse or the Word of the Lord?

1/26/00, John Owen, The Powerful Indwelling of the Word

1/19/00, Ray Stedman, How Will the Lord Judge Your Preaching?

1/12/00, Charles Spurgeon, Artesian Preaching

1/5/00, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Preacher's Greatest Enemy

12/29/99, John Stott, True Christian Preaching is Expository

Sources of Quotes

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Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Evangelistic Sermons at Aberavon by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Old Testament Evangelistic Sermons by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Exposition of Romans 6: The New Man by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century by John Stott (originally entitled I Believe in Preaching).

The Preacher's Portrait by John Stott

2200 Quotations from the Writings of Charles Spurgeon, compiled by Tom Carter.

Lectures to My Students, by Charles Spurgeon. Now available in a Zondervan paperback edition and a Pilgrim Press hardcover edition

An All-Round Ministry, by Charles Spurgeon.

C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography: The Early Years, 1834-1859, now published by Banner of Truth.

Powerful Expository Preaching, by Ray Stedman (web document and RealAudio).

On Expository Preaching, by Ray Stedman (web document).

The Supremacy of God in Preaching, by John Piper.

Advice to Pastors: Preach the Word, by John Piper (web document).

The Joy of Preaching, by Phillips Brooks.

The Reformed Pastor, by Richard Baxter. Also available on the web

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, by J.I. Packer. The introductory chapter "Why We Need the Puritans" is available on the web

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, by John Bunyan. Now available in a Penguin paperback edition and on the web.

The Life of David Brainerd, by Jonathan Edwards. Now available in a Baker paperback edition and online at CCEL.

The Preacher and Preaching, edited by Samuel T. Logan, with contributions from J.I. Packer, Joel Nederhood, James Boice, R.C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, Jay Adams, and others.

The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism, by D.A. Carson.

The Letters of John Wesley, Volume 4, edited by John Telford (Epworth Press, 1931). Available on the web

Power Through Prayer, by E.M. Bounds. Also available on the web.

Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, by Bryan Chapell.

Interpreting the Pauline Epistles, by Thomas Schreiner.

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