Preacher, why do you preach?
“The preacher is not sent to merely induce men to join the church, nor merely to get them to do better. It is toget them to pray, to trust God, and to keep God ever before their eyes that they may not sin against Him… The work of the ministry is to change unbelieving sinners into praying and believing saints.”
Taken from “The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer”
” ‘Compel them to come in,’ not by force of arms, but by force of arguments. Be earnest with them… Be importunate with them and do not leave them till you have prevailed with them. Christ’s ministers must be both very expeditious and very importunate in inviting to the gospel feast.”
Taken from Matthew Henry’s Commentary