Can’t you hear people during that time say, “What good is preaching if people among us are starving and suffering? The time for preaching is over and the time for action is here.” However, the Apostles, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, say the dangerous temptation put in front of them and said “Nothing can eclipse the importance of preaching the Word. We’ll ask God to help us raise up others who can meet those needs. We cannot, by any means, quit preaching.
– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Acts 6:1-5
as quoted by Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 235
The greatest need of the hour is a revived and joyful Church…Nothing is more important…than that we should be delivered from a condition which gives other people looking at us, the impression that to be a Christian means to be unhappy, to be sad, to be morbid, and that the Christian is one who ‘scorns delights and lives laborious days…Christian people too often seem to be perpetually in the doldrums and too often give this appearance of unhappiness and lack of freedom and of absence of joy. There is no question at all but that this is the main reason why large numbers of people have ceased to be interested in Christianity.
– Martin Lloyd-Jones
as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 80