God has appointed a particular and lively application of His word, in the preaching of it, as a fit means to affect sinners with the importance of devotion to God, their own misery without God, the necessity of a remedy from God, and the glory and sufficiency of the remedy He provided; to stir up the pure minds of the saints, quicken their affections by often bringing the great things of the faith to their remembrance, and setting them in their proper colors, though they know them, and have been fully instructed in them already.

—Jonathan Edwards
Adapted from The Works of Jonathan Edwards, 1:242.