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Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Church, Discipleship, Illness

America has begun a spiritual reawakening. Faith and hope are being restored. Americans are turning back to God. Church attendance is up. Audiences for religious books and broadcasts are growing. And I do believe that he has begun to heal our blessed land.

    Author: Ronald Reagan
    Topics: Restoration, America, Healing

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A church has no right to make anything a condition of membership which Christ has not made a condition of salvation.

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Church, Salvation

If professing Christians are unfaithful to the authority of their Lord in their capacity as citizens of the State, they cannot expect to be blessed by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost in their capacity as members of the Church.

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Holy Spirit

The Christian that is bound by his own horizon, the church that lives simply for itself, is bound to die a spiritual death and sink into stagnancy and corruption. We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Church, The Gospel

One of the special marks of the Holy Ghost in the Apostolic Church was the spirit of boldness.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Holy Spirit

The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis. God, give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Church, Holy Spirit, Compromise

We must pass by the good, moral man, and seek the outcast. We must pass by those who, we think, would make the best members of the Church, and go with our invitation to the very refuse of Society. Sad to say, we must. sometimes pass by our very children while we go out after others not related to us by fleshly ties.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: Evangelism

A basic trouble is that most Churches limit themselves unnecessarily by addressing their message almost exclusively to those who are open to religious impression through the intellect, whereas ... there are at least four other gateways -- the emotions, the imagination, the aesthetic feeling, and the will -- through which they can be reached.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Church, Evangelism

A century or so since, they spoke of sharing our Lord with the heathen, and the world rocked with laughter at so crazy a scheme, with the Church joining loudly in the merriment. Yet today, who laughs now? We ought to be the gladdest and the most exultant people in the world; for we have found the key to our difficulties, and it turns; have come on a solution of life's problems, and it works.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Christianity

Christ holds that prayer is a tremendous power which achieves what, without it, was a sheer impossibility. And this amazing thing you can set into operation. And the fact that you are not so using it, and simply don't believe in it and its efficiency and efficacy as our fathers did, and that so many nowadays agree with you, is certainly a major reason why the churches are so cold, and the promises seem so tardy of fulfillment.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Prayer, Church

To a true child of God, the invisible bond that unites all believers to Christ is far more tender, and lasting, and precious; and, as we come to recognize and realize that we are all dwelling in one sphere of life in Him, we learn to look on every believer as our brother, in a sense that is infinitely higher than all human relationships. This is the one and only way to bring disciples permanently together. All other plans for promoting the unity of the Church have failed.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Unity

The church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Church, Prayer, Intercession

One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Life, Church, Unity

Christians don't tell lies they just go to church and sing them.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Christians, Church

I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb. To great sections of the church, the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the "program." This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the public service which now passes for worship among us.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Worship

If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Holy Spirit

The basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God... Our religion is weak because our God is weak... Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending on her concept of God.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Source: The Attributes of God: a Journey into the Father's Heart.
    Topics: Christianity

The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Men, Humility

The true Church has never sounded out public expectations before launching her mission. Her leaders heard from God, they knew their Lord's will and did it. Their people followed them - sometimes to triumph, oftener to insults and public persecution - and their sufficient reward was the satisfaction of being right in a wrong world!

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Obedience, Rewards

We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living. This attitude finds its way into the church. We have liberty, we have money, we live in comparative luxury. As a result, discipline practically has disappeared. What would a violin solo sound like if the strings on the musician's instrument were all hanging loose, not stretched tight, not "disciplined"?

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Source: Christianity Today, November 20, 1987.
    Topics: Discipline, Liberty

We can exert power for good, therefore, only if we are prepared to drum it into our heads that the church of Christ can never exert influence on civil society directly, only indirectly.

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Examples, Government

The seminaries must be like the churches' poor relations, prolonging their existence with austerity.

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Education

God built into the creation a variety of cultural spheres, such as the family, economics, politics, art, and intellectual inquiry. Each of these spheres has its own proper "business" and needs its own unique pattern of authority. When we confuse spheres, by violating the proper boundaries of church and state, for instance, or reducing the academic life to a business enterprise, we trangress the patterns that God has set.

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Creation, Authority

If once the heathen come into God's inheritance, no wonder the church complains that she is "become a reproach to her neighbours, a shame and derision to all round about her."

    Author: Abraham Wright
    Topics: Heresy

I believe that a great number of people are going to die and go to hell because they're counting on their religiosity in the church instead of their relationship with Jesus to get them to heaven. They give lip service to repentance and faith, but they've never been born again.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Hell, Religion, Self-righteousness

The church is not the way to heaven; the church is the sign that points to heaven.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Church, Heaven

We need, men so possessed by the Spirit of God that God can think His thoughts through our minds, that He can plan His will through our actions, that He can direct His strategy of world evangelization through His Church.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Holy Spirit, Evangelism, Men

In our manner of speech, our plans of living, our dealings with others, our conduct and walk in the church and out of it--all should be done as becomes the gospel (Phil. 1:27).

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Character

It has become a settled principle that nothing which is good and true can be destroyed by persecution, but that the effect ultimately is to establish more firmly, and to spread more widely, that which it was designed to overthrow. It has long since passed into a proverb that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church."

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Persecution

Many a barren church owes its present sad estate to its inconsistent behaviour, and many a barren Christian has come into this mournful condition by a careless, unsanctified walk before the Lord. Let not saints who are now useful run the risk of enduring the loss of their mercies, but let them be watchful that all things may go well with them.

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Church

The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Heaven

The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Heaven

A good church is a Bible-centered church. Nothing is as important as this--not a large congregation, a witty pastor, or tangible experiences of the Holy Spirit.

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Church

Revivals begin with God's own people; the Holy Spirit touches their heart anew, and gives them new fervor and compassion, and zeal, new light and life, and when He has thus come to you, He next goes forth to the valley of dry bones... Oh, what responsibility this lays on the Church of God! If you grieve Him away from yourselves, or hinder His visit, then the poor perishing world suffers sorely!

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Revival, Zeal

We have not been men of prayer. The spirit of prayer has slumbered among us. The closet has been too little frequented and delighted in. We have allowed business, study or active labor to interfere with our closet-hours. And the feverish atmosphere in which both the church and the nation are enveloped has found its way into our prayer closets...

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Prayer

God has no more precious gift to a church or an age than a man who lives as an embodiment of his will, and inspires those around him with the faith of what grace can do.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Obedience

Men ought to seek with their whole hearts to be filled with the Spirit of God. Without being filled with the Spirit, it is utterly impossible that an individual Christian or a church can ever live or work as God desires.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Holy Spirit

The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Evangelism

There is need of a great revival of spiritual life, of truly fervent devotion to our Lord Jesus, of entire consecration to His service. It is only in a church in which this spirit of revival has at least begun, that there is any hope of radical change in the relation of the majority of our Christian people to mission work.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Revival, Consecration

Christianity fuels everything I write. Being a Christian means that I am called upon to do battle against lies, injustice, cruelty, hypocrisy--you know, all the virtues in the church of liberalism. As St. Paul said, if Christ is not risen from the dead, then eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.

    Author: Ann Coulter
    Topics: Christianity, Responsibility

How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays. The churches and missionary societies have so bound Him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.
- C.T. Studd

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Apathy, Missions, Holy Spirit

Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.
- C.T. Studd

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Evangelism

I spent twenty years of my life trying to recruit people out of local churches and into missions structures so that they could be involved in fulfilling God's global mission. Now I have another idea. Let's take God's global mission and put it right in the middle of the local church!
- George Miley

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Church, Missions

God hath divers ways into divers men. Into some he comes at noon, in the sunshine of prosperity; to some in the dark and heavy clouds of adversity. Some he affects with the music of the church; some, with some particular collect or prayer; some, with some passage of a sermon, which takes no hold of him that stands next to him. Watch the way of the Spirit of God into thee.
- John Donne

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Holy Spirit, Music, Prosperity

In order to the existence of such a ministry in the Church, there is requisite an authority received from God, and consequently power and knowledge imparted from God for the exercise of such ministry; and where a man possesses these, although the bishop has not laid hands upon him according to his traditions, God has Himself appointed him.
- John Wycliffe

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Service, Authority, Power

The empyrean heaven saved not the angels who in that heaven committed sin. The terrestrial Paradise saved not Adam, who in that paradise committed sin. And dost thou presume to hope in the Church for impunity of those evils which in the Church you perpetrate?
- Paolo Segneri

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Angels, Sin

The church is in Christ as Eve was in Adam.
- Richard Hooker

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Church

Trying to run a church without revivals can be done when you can run a gasoline engine on buttermilk.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Revival, Church

Enthusiasm is as good a thing in the Church as fire is in a cook stove.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Church

A revival does two things. First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Revival, Conviction, Backsliding

Christianity means a lot more than church membership.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Christianity, Church

God Almighty never intended that the devil should triumph over the Church. He never intended that the saloons should walk rough-shod over Christianity.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Drunkenness, Satan

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Church

I believe there is no doctrine more dangerous to the Church today than to convey the impression that a revival is something peculiar in itself and cannot be judged by the same rules of causes and effect as other things.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Revival, Doctrine

I challenge you to show me where the saloon has ever helped business, education, church, morals or anything we hold dear.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Drunkenness, Business

Unless you have made a complete surrender and are doing his will it will avail you nothing if you've reformed a thousand times and have your name on fifty church records.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Repentance, Conversion, Surrender

Churches don't need new members half so much as they need the old bunch made over.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Church, Renewal

There wouldn't be so many non-church goers if there were not so many non-going churches.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Church

Too many churches are little more than four walls and a roof.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Church

It won't save your soul if your wife is a Christian. You have got to be something more than a brother-in-law to the Church.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Salvation

Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist.

    Author: Bono
    Topics: Church

The promise to the Church is a promise of persecution, if faithful in this world, but a promise of a great inheritance and reward hereafter. In the meantime, she is to be a pilgrim body, passing through this scene, but abiding above.

    Author: C.I. Scofield
    Topics: Persecution, Rewards

The Church, saved by faith in the Messiah who came from the Jews; having in her hand the Bible which was written by the Jews; receiving her teaching solely and only through Jewish sources, became, for one thousand years, the bitter, relentless, bloody persecutor of Judaism. With that came worldliness and priestly assumption, and the Dark Ages.

    Author: C.I. Scofield
    Topics: Ignorance, Hypocrisy, Persecution

Christians, let us leave the government of the world till the King comes; let us leave the civilizing of the world to be the incidental effect of the presence there of the Gospel of Christ, and let us give our time, our strength, our money, our days to the mission distinctively committed to the Church, namely, to make the Lord Jesus Christ known "to every creature"!

    Author: C.I. Scofield
    Topics: Government, Evangelism

I believe there are too many practitioners in the church who are not believers.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Hypocrisy

The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Church

When the church finds its members falling into gross and scandalous sins, then it is time for the church to awake and cry to God for a Revival of Religion.

    Author: Charles Finney
    Topics: Revival

When sinners are careless and stupid, and sinking into hell unconcerned, it is time the church should bestir themselves. It is as much the duty of the church to awake, as it is for the firemen to awake when a fire breaks out in the night in a great city.

    Author: Charles Finney
    Topics: Revival, Hell, Apathy

When there is a spirit of controversy in the church or in the land, a revival is needful. The spirit of religion is not the spirit of controversy. There can be no prosperity in religion, where the spirit of controversy prevails.

    Author: Charles Finney
    Topics: Revival

The unity of Christendom is not a luxury, but a necessity. The World will go limping until Christ's prayer that all may be one is answered. We must have unity, not at all costs, but at all risks. A unified Church is the only offering we dare present to the coming Christ, for in it alone will He find room to dwell.

    Author: Charles H. Brent
    Topics: Christianity, Unity

All Church power arises from the indwelling of the Spirit; therefore those in whom the Spirit dwells are the seat of Church power. But the Spirit dwells in the whole Church, and therefore the whole Church is the seat of Church power.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Power, Holy Spirit

All the reasons which require the subjection of a believer to the brethren of a particular church, require his subjection to all his brethren in the Lord.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Church

As the Church is the aggregate of believers, there is an intimate analogy between the experience of the individual believer, and of the Church as a whole.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Church

Christ has not only ordained that there shall be such officers in his Church - he has not only specified their duties and prerogatives - but he gives the requisite qualifications, and calls those thus qualified, and by that call gives them their official authority.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Authority

If all Church power vests in the clergy, then the people are practically bound to passive obedience in all matters of faith and practice; for all right of private judgment is then denied.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Power

If the Church is a living body united to the same head, governed by the same laws, and pervaded by the same Spirit, it is impossible that one part should be independent of all the rest.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Unity

It is a thoroughly anti-christian doctrine that the Spirit of God, and therefore the life and governing power of the Church, resides in the ministry, to the exclusion of the people.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Doctrine

All Church power is, therefore, properly ministerial and administrative. Everything is to be done in the name of Christ, and in accordance with his directions.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Power

Romanists tell us that the Pope is the vicar of Christ; that he is his successor as the universal head and ruler of the Church on earth. If this is so, he must be a Christ.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Heresy

The Church is everywhere represented as one. It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, on body.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Unity

The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Unity

The Church, however, is a self-governing society, distinct from the State, having its officers and laws, and, therefore, an administrative government of its own.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Church, Government

The Independent or Congregational theory includes two principles; first, that the governing and executive power in the Church is in the brotherhood; and secondly, that the Church organization is complete in each worshipping assembly, which is independent of every other.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Church

The Reformers, therefore, as instruments in the hands of God, in delivering the Church from bondage to prelates, did not make it a tumultuous multitude, in which every man was a law to himself, free to believe, and free to do what he pleased.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Freedom

The right of the people to a substantive part in the government of the Church is recognized and sanctioned by the apostles in almost every conceivable way.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Church

Shall I give you yet another reason why you should pray? I have preached my very heart out. I could not say any more than I have said. Will not your prayers accomplish that which my preaching fails to do? Is it not likely that the Church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? Oh dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer, Preaching

A church in the land without the Spirit is rather a curse than a blessing. If you have not the Spirit of God, Christian worker, remember that you stand in somebody else's way; you are a fruitless tree standing where a fruitful tree might grow.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Church, Holy Spirit

It is a remarkable fact that all the heresies which have arisen in the Christian Church have had a decided tendency to 'dishonor God and to flatter man.'

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Heresy

You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian Church in years to come.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Children, Examples

A church that does not exist to reclaim heathenism, to fight evil, to destroy error, to put down falsehood, a church that does not exist to take the side of the poor, to denounce injustice and to hold up righteousness, is a church that has no right to be. Not for yourself, O church, do you exist, any more than Christ existed for Himself.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Church

A prayerless church member is a hindrance. He is in the body like a rotting bone or a decayed tooth. Before long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his brethren, he will become a danger and a sorrow to them. Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer, Apathy

Alas! Much has been done of late to promote the production of dwarfish Christians. Poor, sickly believers turn the church into an hospital, rather than an army. Oh, to have a church built up with the deep godliness of people who know the Lord in their very hearts, and will seek to follow the Lamb wherever he goes!

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Church, Godliness

Any church which puts in the place of justification by faith in Christ another method of salvation is a harlot church.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Justification, Heresy

Do not desire to be the principal man in the church. Be lowly. Be humble. The best man in the church is the man who is willing to be a doormat for all to wipe their boots on, the brother who does not mind what happens to him at all, so long as God is glorified.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Micah's Message for Today.
    Topics: Humility

God gave me this great book to preach from, and if He has put anything in it you think is not fit, go and complain to Him, not to me. I am simply his servant, and if His errand that I am to tell is objectionable, I cannot help it. Let me tell you, the reason why many of our churches are declining is just because this doctrine has not been preached.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 4.340.
    Topics: The Bible, Doctrine

I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Compromise

I do not think the devil cares how many churches you build, if only you have lukewarm preachers and people in them.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Church, Satan

I think beloved, it will not be hard for you to learn. The angels of heaven rejoice over Sinners that repent: saints of God, will not you and I do the same? I do not think the church rejoices enough. We all grumble enough and groan enough: but very few of us rejoice enough. When we take a large number into the church it is spoken of as a great mercy; but is the greatness of that mercy appreciated?

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: The Sympathy of the Two Worlds, Sermon, Luke 15:10.
    Topics: Joy

I well remember how I joined the church after my conversion. I forced myself into it by telling the pastor, who was lax and slow, after I had called four or five times and could not see him, that I had done my duty, and if he did not see me and interview me for church membership, I would call a church meeting myself and tell them I believed in Christ and ask them if they would have me.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Charles Spurgeon at His Best
    Topics: Church

If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions. If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is in the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Missions

In proportion as a church is holy, in that proportion will its testimony for Christ be powerful.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: 1000 Devotional Thoughts, Baker, 1976, n. 408, p. 205.
    Topics: Church, Holiness, Power


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