25 Inspiring Mission Quotes

“Therefore go make disciples of all nations…..” (Matt. 28:19-20).

The Great Commission have been passed down from generation to generation up till now. This is not a new concept, it’s as old as the Old Testament.

But, what does it mean within our lives? How does it impact our lives?

Here are twenty-five inspiring quotes that help us understand what the mission is.

 

1). “The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.”—Samuel Zwemer
2). “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” —Hudson Taylor
3). “The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” —Henry Martyn
4). “If a commission by an earthly King is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” —David Livingstone
5). “Is it possible to get close to the Maser’s heart without getting close to the Master’s mission?” —Larry Moyer
6). “God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him” —Hudson Taylor
7). “Is what you’re living for worth Christ dying for?” —Leonard Ravenhill
8). “Some wish to live within the sound of the chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.” — T. Studd
9). “You have one business on earth – to save souls.” —John Wesley
10). “God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.” —Hudson Taylor
11). “To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” — William Carey
12). “The Church must send or the church will end.” —Mendell Taylor

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13). “No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” —Oswald J. Smith
14). “Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions.” —Roderick Davis
15). “We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” —John Stott
16). “This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!” —Keith Green
17). “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose” —Jim Elliot
18). “The right arm of every church should be missions.” —Fred Donnelson
19). “Battles are won by teaching soldiers how to die, not how to avoid dying.” —Marshal Foch
20). “Talk to God about your neighbors, talk to your neighbors about God.” —Mark McCoy
21). “The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time” —Carl F. Henry
22). “Why wait for a call, when you have a command?” —Bob Hughes
23). “God doesn’t make great leaders, He makes great servants who become great leaders.” —Clifford Clark
24). “The will of God – nothing less, nothing more, nothing else.” — E. Marsh
25). “Without the mission, a church is not a church; it’s just a bunch of disobedient Christians hanging out.” — J. D. Greear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Great Quotes about the Church

The body of Christ (the local church) is the key instrument that God has set out to advance the gospel to the nations (Matt. 26:26-29; 28:18-20).

  • Christ is the foundation of the Church, (1 Cor. 3:11).
  • He chose the twelve apostles of the church, (Mark 3:14; Matt. 10).
  • He taught them, (Matt. 5-7, 10).
  • He announced the church, (Matt. 16:18).
  • He sent the Spirit to empower the work He had commissioned, (John 14, 15, 16; Acts 1:8).
  • He gave the gifts to the church for the work of the ministry, (Eph. 4:11-12).
  • The message is about His Person and Work.
  • He is the Head of the Church! (Rev. 1).
  • The Apostles and Prophets. (Eph. 2:20).

However, over the past centuries, the bride of Christ has suffered from within and the outside enemies. For this reason, in many ways, Christians too often have diminished the notion of the role and function of the local church.

The local church is the full expression of the universal church and is a distinct community of believers at a particular location (1 Cor. 1:2). At least, from the New Testament accounts, we learn that a local church is a company of saved, baptized people, belonging to a certain place (Matt. 13:24-30; Rom. 16:5; 1 Jn. 2:19).

Therefore, when we gather in our local churches, we are in an organic union with the Body of Christ worldwide! What the world need is not some sort of superhero for Jesus, but a church that is found faithful in the task that has been entrusted unto.

Here are 20 great quotes on the importance of the local church.

 

1). “Although the church has been the most consistently hated group on earth, it will continue to expand until He takes it out of this world.” — Unknown

 

2). “The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.” — C. S. Lewis
3). “Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them.” — A. W. Tozer

 

4). “I do not think the devil cares how many churches you build, if only you have lukewarm preachers and people in them.” — Charles Spurgeon

 

5). “The church is not the way to heaven; the church is the sign that points to heaven.” — Adrian Rogers
6). “The Church is the Church only when it exists for others.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
7). “The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.” — E. M. Bounds
8). “You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to the church.” — Unknown
9). “I don’t think the job of the church is to make people happy. I think it’s to make them holy.” — Chuck Colson

 

10). “Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.” — Dwight L. Moody

 

11). “Some go to church to see and be seen, Some go there to say they have been, Some go there to sleep and nod, But few go there to worship God.” — Unknown
12). “I believe there are too many practitioners in the church who are not believers.” — C. S. Lewis
13). “The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.” — Robert G. Ingersoll
14). “Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together.” — Corrie Ten Boom

 

15). “The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.” — Mike Stachura

 

16). “We’ve made the church so much like a country club that it’s a surprise they let us keep our tax exempt status!” — Steven Furtick
17). “The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it.” — Charles Spurgeon
18). “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” — Tertullian

 

19). “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ.” — C. S. Lewis

 

20). “The Church is the one institution that exists for those outside it.” — William Tyndale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discipleship = More than Words

Who are your Prayer Warriors? Who are few that you know, you have known that you can pick up a phone and ask for prayer?

Formally: people will answer a certain way.
Informally: people will say a different answer.

I had an opportunity to teach children for a Sunday school and I asked the same question; When I asked these little children, interestingly the top two came out as the following;

• 1. Mama
• 2. Grandma

As I look back, it is personally true in my own life! I think of my mother who had a huge spiritual impact on my life. So much of who I am today is in answer to her prayers for me. Her prayers have been transforming the hearts and lives of my two brothers and myself.

However, it dawned on me; What does that say as men being the spiritual leader of the home?

Maybe as dads, we are willing to throw tons of ball together with our kids, but we need to disciple and pray for our children like grandma and mama did.

As we know, discipleship is more than words. Leadership is more than a speech.

The good news is that Jesus has given us a plan. Jesus tells us exactly what we need to do.

Here are three things to consider as we look at the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) we disciple children.

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1. Gospel Proclamation

Disciples are called to GO!

However, you cannot go unless you have the message.
You cannot have unless you know the message.
You cannot know unless you read the message.

A few years ago, Lifeway Christian Research embarked on an in-depth study to examine the state of discipleship in the church today—the Transformational Discipleship Assessment.

That study included interviews with 28 discipleship experts, a survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors, and a survey of 4,000 lay people in North America (30 percent of the respondents were from Canada).

According to the research conducted on the topic of Bible reading came with staggering statistics,

88% household in American own at least one Bible.
The average family has three to four copies of God’s Word

However, only one in seven adults read the Bible daily.

According to Daniel Im in his book No Silver Bulletsaid, “Reading the Bible on a regular basis led to greatest impact on overall maturity.”[1]

Many church members are gospel deficient as people in the church are biblically illiterate.

As J. Vernon McGee said it well, with the Bible as disciples we must

“Know it in your head,
Stow it in your heart,
Show it in your life.
Sow it in the world.”

If you want your church to be a gospel-proclaiming church, first begin by modeling and leading the people in the pew to engage with the Bible.

 

2. Relationship Building

In order to have a relationship, you first must have a conversation.

Gospel >> Conversation >> Relationships >> Transparency >> Discipleship >> Transformation

– Gospel leads to conversations,
– Conversations lead to relationships,
– Relationships lead to transparency,
– Transparency then leads to discipleship.

“I hate training.” People are often against an institutional/informational structure. Why? Because they are not genuine. When we build a genuine relationship, we are no longer in the number game!

When one is only about the number game they will begin to ask questions such as, “What’s the number in your small group/ministry?”

Instead, one who cares about genuine relationships will begin to ask,

  1. What is God showing you in your quiet time? (ministry, serving, yourself)
  2. What do you find is your biggest distraction in following what God is leading you to do?
  3. What are specific things you doing that you know are helping you grow in the Lord?
  4. What do you find most fulfilling or rewarding as a Small Group Leader?
  5. Is there anything the Holy Spirit is convicting you about or leading you in a way that you need to do something to follow?
  6. How can I pray for you?

“Church leaders are to invest 90% of their energy in shepherding and listening to the needs of the leader and 10% in vision casting and leading them.” – Greg Bowman

 

3. Transformational Discipleship

Unfortunately, many disciples believe the relationship is the end of the process of discipleship. Once a person is saved and joined the church there is nothing left to do.

However, Jesus didn’t end there. He commanded, “teaching everything to observe everything.” (v. 20)

Certainly, this kind of “teaching” involves helping people learn information about God and His Word- but it also goes way beyond information.

Discipleship is more about transformation than information. For dumping information doesn’t produce transformation.

Robby Gallaty put it this way, “Could it be that we have spent a lot of our time teaching people what they’re saved from, and we haven’t spent time teaching people what they’re saved for?”

The true measure of discipleship is obedience. The only real way to teach obedience is to ultimately model what it means to obedient to Jesus command.

Discipleship without application leads to frustration, but discipleship with application leads to transformation.

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Jesus has to Send You to Your Family

How confident do you feel in your ability to make disciple and serve as an example for others to follow?

A high percentage according to a recent research that was conducted, the majority of fathers have a sense of feeling they are failing. They feel like they are not doing enough, they are failing as a leader for the family, they are exhausted.

If you’re like some fathers in our community, you go to sleep regretting how the day went, thinking you’re not doing enough for your kids.

Take a moment to pray. Prayer is the best tool available for joining Jesus on the mission. It is both easily accessible and powerfully effective. Prayer will keep you on your knees and will connect you with God.

The ultimate goal of discipleship is to connect the Great Commission with new disciples in ways that provide examples of how to live and love like Jesus did.

Have gospel-conversation, build relationships, be transparent through your prayer life. Your leadership structure will change drastically.

 

 

 

[1]Daniel Im and Thom S. Rainer, No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts That Will Transform Your Ministry(B&H Books, 2017).

 

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