A Representation of Heaven -- The Saviour of the world would have His colaborers represent Him; and the more closely a man walks with God, the more faultless will be his manner of address, his deportment, his attitude, and his gestures. Coarse and uncouth manners were never seen in our Pattern, Christ Jesus. He was a representative of
heaven, and His followers must be like Him.-- 4T 405.
An Exemplary Sermon -- The Sermon on the Mount is an example of how we are to teach. What pains Christ has taken to make mysteries no longer mysteries, but plain, simple truths! There is in His instruction nothing vague, nothing hard to understand.
"He opened His mouth, and taught them." Matt. 5:2. His words were spoken in no whispered tones, nor was His utterance harsh and disagreeable. He spoke with clearness and emphasis, with solemn, convincing force.-- 7T 269.
Pattern for Every Worker -- In His work of ministry for the sick and afflicted, Christ stands before the world as the greatest Medical Missionary the world has ever known, and the pattern for every Christian missionary worker. He knew the right word to speak to each sufferer, and He spoke not only that which brought healing of body, but conviction of soul and spiritual enlightenment. He brought to the understanding of those who sought Him a knowledge of self, and of the soul's highest need.
Christ's discourses were the spiritual explanation of His ministry for the afflicted.-- MM 194.
No Mere Sermonizing -- Christ is the minister's Model. How directly to the point, how well adapted to the purpose and circumstances, are Christ's
words! How clear and forcible are His illustrations! His style is
characterized by simplicity and solemnity. Throughout the teachings of Christ,
there is nothing to justify the minister in the relation of humorous anecdotes
in the pulpit. The lessons of Christ should be carefully studied, and the
subjects, manner, and form of discourses should be modeled after the divine
Pattern. Oratorical display, flashy rhetoric, and fine gestures do not
constitute a fine discourse. . . . He did not sermonize as men do today. In
intensely earnest tones He assured them of the truths of the life to come, of
the way of salvation. -- RH June 23, 1891.