“It seems that the only preaching God honours, through which his wisdom and power are expressed, is the preaching of a man who is willing in himself to be both a weakling and a fool.”
 
John Stott
The Preacher’s Portrait
 
Langham Preaching Resources, 2016

“I believe that the preparation of the plan is of far more value than the writing of the sermon. . . . We should not try to build up the body of the sermon without the skeleton.  It is a great advantage when we can see the skeleton – though we must not make that figure go on all fours.  Let the people see the bones, the ribs, the great things that form the framework.  I am far more concerned about that than about the verbiage.”

G. Campbell Morgan

Preaching.  Westwood: Fleming H. Revell Co, 1937   pp. 60-61, 70

“Nothing more important will happen in this town this week than the work I am doing now.’ . . . That God uses these ancillary methods we do not deny, but we maintain that preaching is primary in the purpose of God . . . . It is not a question of our particular gifts but of the divine intention.”

W E Sangster

Power in Preaching.  London: Epworth Press, 1958  p20

R Kent Hughes

“The expositor must understand and hold to the inseparability of the Spirit and the Word, that they are like breath and speech to each other. This means that you must hold the conviction that when the Word is authentically ministered, the Spirit ministers. The Word and Spirit do not have separate ministries but are one.”

Reforming Pastoral Ministry    

Wheaton: Crossway, 2001  p84

“…the preacher is not simply to convey information; still less is he there to entertain. His task is far too serious for either of these: he is exposing a current reality (the human tendency to seek to be right with God through self-righteousness) and creating a new reality (where we are clothed with the crucified Christ’s righteousness). Thus, he is to show people that all their righteousness is as filthy rags and as reliable a leaning post as a spider’s web; and that, counterintuitive and countercultural as it may be, true righteousness, mercy, and grace are to be found in the filthy and broken corpse of a man condemned as a criminal to hang on a cross. This is the preaching of law and gospel, and it carries with it transformative power.”

Carl Truman

Luther on the Christian Life

Crossway, 2015    p88

“The problem for the preacher who rightly aims at relevance is that the more the preaching moves in the direction of the hearer’s interests, the greater is the danger of the preaching being irrelevant. It is the unique distinctiveness of the gospel which makes the difference in people’s lives. But if the preaching has become so “relevant” that it differs little from the kind of discussion that fills the weary hours of the talk shows, questions people may legitimately ask are: Why should we bother with this message called the gospel, which seems to be little more than a religious version of talk-show babble? Why go to the trouble of being religious with all its attendant restrictions if all I get in the end is the same kind of help for my problems that I can garner from other sources without the tiresome restrictions in which religion seems to specialize?”

Stuart Briscoe
Fresh Air in the Pulpit
Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994   pp55-37

“Strong churches are not gathered around weak pulpits.”
 
C W Koller

Expository Preaching Without Notes
Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1962   p85

“You might as well expect to raise the dead by whispering in their ears, as hope to save souls by preaching to them, if it were not for the agency of the Holy Spirit.”
 
C H Spurgeon 
From sermon preached on Ezekiel 36:27, preached on May 8, 1859
New Park Street Pulpit, Volume 5

“It was said of Philip Henry that he did not shoot the arrow of the Word over the heads of his audience in affected rhetoric, nor under their feet by homely expressions, but to their hearts in close and lively application.”
 
F B Meyer
Expository Preaching: Plans and Methods
New York: Hodder and Stoughton, 1910  p35