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Quotes for Pastors

November 13, 2018, 0 Comments

At the 2018 Florida Baptist Pastors Conference, the final session was encouraging and a balm for my soul. We heard from K. Marshall Williams, Charlie Dates, and Russell Moore. The overall theme of the conference was “Contend for the Faith” and their impassioned messages called us to center our ministerial lives on the goodness of God working in us. Their messages were beautiful calls for us to focus on the core of ministry — prayer and preaching — and maintaining our singular hope in Christ. The sermons were essentially simple in nature but powerful in their delivery. I’m thankful for these men and their faithful exposition of the Word.

Here are just a few quotes that I jotted down from each of their messages.

K. Marshall Williams

  • Ministry is tough. It’s not for the faint of heart. If you’re thin-skinned, don’t do this.
  • If you give them biblical information without practical application then they’ll have spiritual constipation.
  • We have a nation filled with pimps and puppets when we need to be prophets.
  • God can’t say, “Well done” until the church says, “We’ll do.”

Charlie Dates

  • You don’t go to the pulpit holding the Bible. You go to the pulpit with the Bible holding you.
  • Men who have been made alive by the presence of the Holy Spirit make Hell shake when they mount the to pulpit.
  • The character of our praying will determine the complexion of our preaching.
  • It is our primary responsibility to talk to God on behalf of the people and to talk to the people on behalf of God.

Russell Moore

  • Some of you as pastors are surrounded by false teachers with full church buildings who are preaching a false gospel not about God but about self. You are lonely. Elijah faced this. God’s promise is “You’re not alone.”
  • Is it okay with you if everything that’s been built in your ministry falls away? Is it okay if 50 years from now, no one in your community remembers you? The way of Baal is about you. The way of the cross is about Christ!
  • You cannot speak to the remnant if you’re constantly afraid of offending the crowd.

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