29 Most Influential Preachers of the 20th Century

By jsturgeon - May 01, 2018
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Here are 29 of the most recognizable preachers from the 20th century along with two of their most notable quotes from their service in ministry. Their leadership in the Church and their tireless work for the Gospel will speak volumes for centuries to come and will have an eternal impact on countless souls.

Billy Graham

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Billy Graham was born in North Carolina. He lived a long, blessed life from 1918-2018. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.”

“We say to our children, ‘act like grown-ups,’ but Jesus said to the grown-ups, ‘be like children.’ ”

Charles Swindoll

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Charles Swindoll was born in Texas in 1934. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

Tim Keller

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Tim Keller was born in 1950 in Pennsylvania. He was the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“The Gospel is this: we are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared to believe, yet at the very same time, we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

“The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine, but to mold my will into his.”

John Piper

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John Piper was born in 1946 in Tennessee. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the last day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

Mark Driscoll

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Mark Driscoll was born in 1970 and came from North Dakota before pastoring Mars Hill churches in Seattle. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“You don’t need to beat yourself up in order to make God love you. Jesus already took your beating.”

“Stop looking for the path of least resistance and start running down the path of greatest glory to God and be good to others, because that’s what Jesus, the Real Man, did.”

Rick Warren

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Rick Warren was born in 1954 and pastors Saddleback Church in California. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.”

“Faithful servants never retire. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God.”

John MacArthur

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John MacArthur was born in 1939 in California. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“The Christian life is not adding Jesus to one’s own way of life but renouncing that personal way of life for His and being willing to pay whatever cost that may require.”

“Discipline is difficult, painful, and often heartrending. It is not that we should not love the offenders, but that we should love Christ, His church, and His Word even more. Our love to the offenders is not to be sentimental tolerance but correcting love.”

Andy Stanley

Credits: YouTube

Andy Stanley was born in 1958 in Georgia. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“The love of Christ comes from simple people who love simple people. Never be fooled by the spiritual leader who knows a lot but doesn’t love a lot.”

“Your greatest accomplishment may not be something you do but someone you raise.”

Craig Groeschel

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Craig Groeschel was born in 1967 in Texas. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“If you want to reach people nobody is reaching, you’ve got to do things nobody is doing.”

“God is not calling us to go to church; he is calling us to be His church, the hope of the world.”

Bill Hybels

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Bill Hybels was born in 1951 in Michigan. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“If the request is wrong, God says, no. if the timing is wrong, God says, slow. If you are wrong, God says, grow. But if the request is right, the timing is right and you are right, God says, go!”

“You have never looked in the eyes of someone who does not matter to God.”

Louis Giglio

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Louis Giglio was born in 1958 and comes from Georgia. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“Worry and worship cannot exist in the same space. One always displaces the other. Choose worship.”

“When the enemy comes with shame and blame, tell him to go measure the distance from east to west and get back to you.”

John Ortburg

Credits: Twitter

John Ortburg was born in 1957 in Illinois. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“The most important task of your life is not what you do, but who you become.”

“Peace doesn’t come from finding a lake with no storms. It comes from having Jesus in the boat.”

Ravi Zaccharias

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Ravi Zaccharias was born 1946 in India. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“You cannot really have the world and hold on to it. It is all too temporary and the more you try to hold on to it, the more it actually holds you. By contrast, the more you hold on to the true and the good, the more you are free to really live.”

“To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, ‘I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge.’ “

Francis Chan

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Francis Chan was born in 1967 and pastors in California. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”

“Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.”

R. C. Sproul

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R. C. Sproul lived from 1939-2017 and came from Pittsburgh. Here are just two of his memorable quotes:

“There are only two ways of dying. We can die in faith or we can die in our sins.”

“We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because he holds tightly to us.”

D. A. Carson

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D. A. Carson was born in 1946. He is from Montreal, Quebec in Canada. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“If you want to see what judgment looks like, go to the cross. If you want to see what love looks like, go to the cross.”

“The way to be anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything.”

David Platt

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David Platt was born in 1979 in Georgia. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“Nothing is impossible for the people of God who trust in the power of God to accomplish the will of God.”

“If you can trust God to save you for eternity, you can trust him to lead you for a lifetime.”

Kevin Deyoung

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Kevin Deyoung was born in 1977 in Illinois. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“Worldliness is whatever makes sin look normal and righteousness look strange.”

“Some Christians need encouragement to think before they act. Others need encouragement to act after they think.”

Paul David Tripp

Paul David Tripp was born in 1950 in Ohio. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“If you don’t keep the eyes of your heart focused on the paradise that is to come, you will try to turn this poor fallen world into the paradise it will never be.”

“We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.”

Matt Chandler

Credits: YouTube

Matt Chandler was born in 1974. He is from Washington. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“Find the things that stir your affections for Christ and saturate your life in them. Find things that rob you of that affection and walk away from them. That’s the Christian life as easy as I can explain it to you.”

“Love says: I’ve seen the ugly parts of you, and I’m staying. Our culture doesn’t love love; it loves the idea of love. It wants emotion without the sacrifice.”

Paul Washer

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Paul Washer was born in 1961. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“I have given God countless reasons not to love me. None of them has been strong enough to change Him.”

“The true convert does not receive the gospel as an addition to his previous life, but in exchange for it.”

Mark Dever

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Mark Dever was born in 1960 and is from Washington D.C. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“I recognize that not all of us may have the same abilities and talents in sharing the gospel. But I want to keep the heat on all of us for getting the good news out there.”

“Pride causes us to care more about what our non-christian friends think of us than what God will do to them in their sin.”

C. J. Mahaney

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C. J. Mahaney was born in 1953 in Kentucky. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“Only those who are truly aware of their sin can truly cherish grace.”

“It’s not ‘those who help themselves’ whom God helps; it’s those who humble themselves.”

Charles Stanley

Credits: YouTube

Charles Stanley was born in 1932. He is from Virginia. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“We must remember that the shortest distance between our problems and their solutions is the distance between our knees and the floor.”

“God is responsible for the consequences of our obedience, we are responsible for the consequences of our disobedience.”

Joel Osteen

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Joel Osteen was born in 1963 and comes from Houston, Texas. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“God would not have put a dream in your heart if He had not already given you everything you need to fulfill it.”

“If you have your health, if you have people in your life to love, you are blessed. Slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.”

David Jeremiah

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David Jeremiah was born in 1941. He is from California. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“When you follow God’s will for your life, you can see how yesterday’s events prepared you for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.”

“Success can come to a person who has failed, but it will never come to a person who quits.”

T. D. Jakes

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T. D. Jakes was born in 1957. He is from West Virginia. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“If you think down, you will go down. If you think up, you will go up. You’ll always travel in the direction of your thinking.”

“Surround yourself with people whose definition of you is not based on your history, but your destiny.”

Max Lucado

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Max Lucado was born in 1955. He is from Texas. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”

“Lower your expectations of earth. This isn’t heaven. So don’t expect it to be.”

Jeff Vanderstelt

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Jeff Vanderstelt pastors in Tacoma, Washington. Here are just two of his notable quotes:

“Live your life in such a way that it demands gospel explanation.”

“Sin is looking to something other than God to be God.”