Pastoral admonitions

"Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity." 1 Timothy 4:12


"A preacher's life should be a commentary of his doctrine;
 his practice should be a counterpart of his sermons.
 Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life." Thomas Brooks


"We preach to people who must live forever . . .
   in Heaven, or Hell;
   with God, or devils;
   in an eternity of joy, or of torment!"
Thomas Doolittle


"Watch your life and doctrine closely." 1 Timothy 4:16


"An over-attachment to human learning has been the very bane of vital, spiritual, experimental godliness!" John Newton


"The chief means for attaining wisdom and suitable gifts and graces for the Christian ministry, are the Holy Scriptures and prayer." John Newton


"A man cannot be a faithful minister, until he preaches Christ for Christ's sake—until he gives up striving to attract people to himself, and seeks only to attract them to Christ!" Robert Murray M'Cheyne


"There is not a sermon which is heard, but it sets us nearer to Heaven or Hell!" John Preston


"The preaching of the Word is that lattice where Jesus looks forth and shows Himself to His saints." Thomas Watson


"Preaching is that ordinance of God, sanctified for the begetting of faith, for the opening of the understanding, and for the drawing of the will and affections to Christ." Richard Sibbes


"Sound doctrine and holy living are the marks of true pastors." J.C. Ryle


"The lives of ministers oftentimes convince more strongly than their words.
 Their tongues may persuade, but their lives command!" Thomas Brooks


"Preaching that costs nothing, accomplishes nothing." J.H. Jowett