Rabu, 16 Maret 2011

Quotes on Missions ( Pray for Japan 日本 )

"Why is it so difficult to replace a sophisticated way of life with a simple lifestyle in the face of incredible need in the world?  Why is it so difficult to say farewell to warm personal relationships and the security of a loving family and church and commit one's life to penetrating the dark half of the world for the sake of people who are desperately lost?  Why will so few abandon an occupation that makes full use of their vocational interests and opportunities to invest life in reaching the multitudes now out of reach of Gospel witness?  Is is that we don't care?  At least, it is that we don't care enough." 

Robertson McQuilkin


"The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed" -- Hudson Taylor 


“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”  C.T. Studd


“The biggest hindrance to the missionary task is self.  Self that refuses to die.  Self that refuses to sacrifice.  Self that refuses to give.  Self that refuses to go.”  Thomas Hale – missionary to Nepal


Today Christians spend more money on dog food then missions." - Leonard Ravenhill


“We desire men who believe in eternity and who live for it.  It is no question of making the most of both worlds.  The only men who will be happy with us are those who have this world under their feet.  And I do venture to say that such men will find a happiness they never dreamed of or thought possible down here.  For to those who count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, He manifests Himself in such sort that they are not inclined to regret their bargain.”   Hudson Taylor


"It is a blessed thing for a man, when he has brought his desires into focus, so that they all center on one object.  Happy is he who hath one desire, if that one desire be set on Christ.  You could pour all the gold of India at his feet and he would say'Take it , away'".  C.H. Spurgeon  

I never feel so happy as when with all my worldly goods on one donkey, and my wife on another, I set out to carry the Gospel to some new place.”  Thomas Botham - missionary to China 


There is a need for us to give ourselves for the life of the world.  An easy-going non-self-denying life will never be one of power.  Fruit-bearing involves cross-bearing.  There are not two Christs – an easy-going one for easy-going Christians, and a suffering, toiling one for serious believers.  There is only one Christ.  Are you willing to abide in Him, and thus bear much fruit?  Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there; and Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim shall be to bring Him joy by the conversion to Him of many."  Hudson Taylor


"I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light" -- John Keith Falconer


"God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply" -- Hudson Taylor


"God isn't looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him" -- Hudson Taylor


"If I had 1,000 lives, I'd give them all for China" -- Hudson Taylor


"I will open Africa to the Gospel or die trying." Rowland Bingham



"... if God has called you to China or any other place and you are sure in your own heart, let nothing deter you... remember it is God who has called you and it is the same as when He called Moses or Samuel."  "I wasn't God's first choice for what I've done for China, I don't know who it was.  It must have been a man, well-educated man.  I don't know what happened.  Perhaps he died.  Perhaps he wasn't willing, and God looked down and saw Gladys Aylward and God said - "Well, she's willing." Gladys Aylward 


"True religion is like the smallpox.  If you get it, you give it to others and it spreads." C.T. Studd


"Had I cared for the comments of the people, I should never have become a missionary..." ." C.T. Studd


"I cannot tell you what joy it gave me to bring the first soul to the Lord Jesus Christ.  I have tasted almost all the pleasures that this world can give ... but those pleasures were as nothing compared to the joy that the saving of that one soul gave me." C.T. Studd


"My only joys therefore are that when God has given me a work to do, I have not refused it." C.T. Studd



"God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him." -- Hudson Taylor, missionary to China


"Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God" -- William Carey, who is called the father of modern missions


"The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become." -- Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia


"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose" -- Jim Elliot, missionary martyr who lost his life in the late 1950's trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador 


"We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it" -- P.F. Bresee, founder of the Church of the Nazarene


"In the vast plain to the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been" -- Robert Moffat, who inspired David Livingstone


"If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" -- David Livingstone


"Sympathy is no substitute for action." -- David Livingstone, missionary to Africa


"Can't you do just a little bit more?" -- J.G. Morrison pleading with Nazarenes in the 1930's Great Depression to support their missionaries


"Lost people matter to God, and so they must matter to us." -- Keith Wright


"The Bible is not the basis of missions; missions is the basis of the Bible" -- Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission


"Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell." -- C.T. Studd


"No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once." -- Oswald J. Smith  


"The mission of the church is missions" -- Oswald J. Smith



"We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first." -- Oswald J. Smith


"This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!" -- Keith Green


"There is nothing in the world or the Church -- except the church's disobedience -- to render the evangelization of the world in this generation an impossibility." -- Robert Speer, leader in Student Volunteer Movement


"If God calls you to be a missionary, don't stoop to be a king" -- Jordan Groom (variations of this also credited to G. K. Chesterson, Thomas Carlyle and Charles Haddon Spurgeon)


"If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn't it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent the cure from the eternal wages of death." -- Dave Davidson


"World missions was on God's mind from the beginning." -- Dave Davidson



"In our lifetime, wouldn't it be sad if we spent more time washing dishes or swatting flies or mowing the yard or watching television than praying for world missions?" -- Dave Davidson


"Let my heart be broken with the things that break God's heart" -- Bob Pierce, World Vision founder


"No reserves. No retreats. No regrets" -- William Borden


"If ten men are carrying a log -- nine of them on the little end and one at the heavy end -- and you want to help, which end will you lift on?" -- William Borden, as he reflected on the numbers of Christian workers in the U.S. as compared to those among unreached peoples in China


"The reason some folks don't believe in missions is that the brand of religion they have isn't worth propagating." -- unknown


When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, "." You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages." To that, Calvert replied, "We died before we came here


"Someone asked Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved? It is more a question with me whether we -- who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not – are truly saved." -- Charles Spurgeon


"The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time" -- Carl F. H. Henry


"Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop." -- Kurt von Schleicher 


"Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God's delight in being God." --John Piper


"God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshippers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose." -- John Piper


"Go, send, or disobey." -- John Piper 


"You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving." -- Amy Carmichael, missionary to India


"As long as there are millions destitute of the Word of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both." -- J. L. Ewen


"The command has been to 'go,' but we have stayed -- in body, gifts, prayer and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth ... but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland." -- Robert Savage, Latin American Mission


"People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives ... and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted." -- Nate Saint, missionary martyr 


"We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God." -- John Stott


"Believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story." -- K.P. Yohannan, founder of Gospel for Asia Bible Society


"Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ." -- Francis Xavier, missionary to India, the Philippines, and Japan

"The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity." -- Mike Stachura


"The true greatness of any church in not how many it seats but how many it sends!" -- Unknown


"'Not called!' did you say? Not heard the call?  "Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face -- whose mercy you have professed to obey -- and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world. -- William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army


"If God's love is for anybody anywhere, it's for everybody everywhere." -- Edward Lawlor, Nazarene General Superintendent


"Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is -- where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge." -- Robert C. Shannon


"People who don't believe in missions have not read the New Testament. Right from the beginning Jesus said the field is the world. The early church took Him at His word and went East, West, North and South." -- J. Howard Edington


"It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions." -- John R. Mott


"In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God's work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer." -- Dick Eastman, president of Every Home for Christ (formerly World Literature Crusade)


"What's your dream and to what corner of the missions world will it take you?" -- Eleanor Roat, missions mobilizer


"We can reach our world, if we will. The greatest lack today is not people or funds. The greatest need is prayer." -- Wesley Duewel, head of OMS International


"Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions" -- Roderick Davis


"Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love" -- Roland Allen


"I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ." -- Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf


"If you take missions out of the Bible, you won't have anything left but the covers" -- Nina Gunter


"If the Church is 'in Christ,' she is involved in mission. Her whole existence then has a missionary character. Her conduct as well as her words will convince the unbelievers and put their ignorance and stupidity to silence." -- David Bosch


"Missions is not the 'ministry of choice' for a few hyperactive Christians in the church. Missions is the purpose of the church." -- Unknown


"The concern for world evangelization is not something tacked on to a man's personal Christianity, which he may take or leave as he chooses. It is rooted in the character of the God who has come to us in Christ Jesus. Thus, it can never be the province of a few enthusiasts, a sideline or a specialty of those who happen to have a bent that way. It is the distinctive mark of being a Christian." -- James S. Stewart


"The average pastor views his church as a local church with a missions program; while he ought to realize that if he is in fact pastoring a church, it is to be a global church with a missions purpose." -- Unknown


"The Christian is not obedient unless he is doing all in his power to send the Gospel to the heathen world." -- A. B. Simpson


"The will of God -- nothing less, nothing more, nothing else." -- F. E. Marsh (also attributed to Bobby Richardson)


"If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small." -- Pat Morley


"If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is not obeyed until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of God. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found together." -- Arthur T. Pierson


"The history of missions is the history of answered prayer." -- Samuel Zwemer


"'Go ye' is as much a part of Christ's Gospel as 'Come unto Me.' You are not even a Christian until you have honestly faced your responsibility in regard to the carrying of the Gospel to the ends of the earth." -- J. Stuart Holden


"A congregation that is not deeply and earnestly involved in the worldwide proclamation of the gospel does not understand the nature of salvation." -- Ted Engstrom, World Vision


"To stay here and disobey God -- I can't afford to take the consequence. I would rather go and obey God than to stay here and know that I disobeyed." -- Amanda Berry Smith



"I believe that in each generation God has called' enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth…. It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond!" -- Isobel Kuhn, missionary to China and Thailand


"To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map." -- William Carey, pioneer missionary to India


"God is a God of missions. He wills missions. He commands missions. He demands missions. He made missions possible through His Son. He made missions actual in sending the Holy Spirit." -- George W. Peters


"The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet." -- Unknown


"Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."   If we do not give over, exhausted and disheartened.  He who becomes disheartened, and who   gives over his efforts; he that is appalled by obstacles, and that faints on account of the embarrassments thrown in his way; he that pines for ease, and withdraws from the field of benevolence, shows that he has no true attachment to the cause, and that his heart has never been truly in the work of religion.  He who becomes a true Christian, becomes such for eternity. He has enlisted, never to withdraw. He becomes pledged to do good and to serve God always. No obstacles are to deter, no embarrassments are to drive him from the field. With the vigor of his youth, and the wisdom and influence of his riper years; with his remaining powers when enfeebled by age; with the last pulsation of life here, he is to do good. For that he is to live.  --Albert Barnes


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