The book, the Word, is like the flour, but the sermon is the bread, for it is through the sermon that the Word is, as it were, prepared for human palates, and brought so that human souls may be able to receive it. The moment the Church of God shall despise the pulpit, God will despise her. It has been through the ministry that the Lord has always been pleased to revive and bless his Churches.

— Charles H. Spurgeon
The Metropolitan Tabernacle, “Bread For The Hungry,” Sermon 0418, preached Nov 10, 1861 on Dt 8:3.