Think Outside The Sermon — Sermon-Free Church Quotations


“One filled with joy preaches without preaching.”  –Mother Teresa

“Had Saul (who became Apostle Paul) met only a preacher and heard only a sermon, he might never have been heard of again. But Saul met Christ and heard His Voice.”  –Leonard Ravenhill

“I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.  I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.”  –Edgar A. Guest

“Our attendance at church ought to be a direct encounter with God, and there is no place for a lecture in the middle of it.”  –Daphne D.C. Pochin Mould

“They are as inefficient as the sleepy dose of an ordinary sermon.”  –Adam Weishaupt

“I wish Christianity was more productive of good works, not sermon-hearing.”  –Benjamin Franklin

“A near hit of lightning can create a lot more Christian thinking than a long-winded sermon.”  –Duane Dewel

“Sermons remain one of the last forms of public discourse where it is culturally forbidden to talk back.”  –Harvey Cox

“One act of obedience is better than 100 sermons.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“I can not understand why ministers presume to deliver sermons every week at appointed hours, because it is impossible for inspirations to come with clock-like regularity.”  –Sinclair Lewis

“If the truth were known, many sermons are prepared and preached with more regard for the sermon than for the souls of the hearers.”  –George F. Pentecost

“The sermon did once have a necessary and essential role. Before printing was invented, books were scarce and expensive, written by hand, one at a time. The spoken word was the great means of communicating ideas . . . But in highly developed countries, the situation is entirely changed. For us, the sermon is the most inefficient communications tool you could think of . . . So I would do away with the Sunday sermon. I would replace it with much greater encouragement to the ordinary Christian to study his faith outside church.” –Daphne D.C. Pochin Mould

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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