The Man in the Pulpit

In chapter one of his book Church Planter—a chapter entitled “A Rescued Man”, Darrin Patrick spices up his first few pages with some doozy quotes. Quotes which I want to share here for you men who stand up and preach Sunday to Sunday. Depending on where you are at, you might be either encouraged or convicted by these quotes. Whichever it is, just remember that the men here quoted stood up and preached many more Sundays than most of us, faithfully, deeply and effectively… earning the right to be heard.


“A good minister that has the presence of God with him in his work is the very greatest blessing that ever God bestows upon a people, next to himself.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

The Salvation of Souls (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2002), 140); quoted in Church Planter, 20.


“Take heed to yourselves, lest you be void of that saving grace of God which you offer to others, and be strangers to the effectual working of that gospel which you preach; and lest, while you proclaim to the world the necessity of a Savior, your own hearts should neglect him, and you should miss of an interest in him and his saving benefits. Take heed to yourselves, lest you perish, while you call upon others to take heed of perishing; and lest you famish yourselves while you prepare food for them.” ~ Richard Baxter

The Reformed Pastor (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2001), 53; Ibid.


“Conversion is the sine qua non in a minister. Ye aspirants to our pulpits, ‘ye must be born again.’ Nor is the possession of this first qualification a thing to be taken for granted by any man, for there is the very great possibility of our being mistaken as to whether we are converted or not. Believe me, it is no child’s play to ‘make your calling and election sure.’” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Lectures to My Students (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1972), 9; Ibid.


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