100 Missions Quotes

1. A man may die leaving upwards of a million, without taking any of it upwards. 
– William Fetler

2. A nation will not be moved by timid methods.
– Luis Palau

3. Anywhere provided it be forward.
– David Livingstone

4. 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

5. 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)

6. Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone.
– David Livingstone

7. Christ not only died for all: He died for each.
– Billy Graham

8. Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.
– William Carey

9. Go straight for souls, and go for the worst.
– William Booth

10. Go, send, or disobey.
– John Piper

11. God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary.
– David Livingstone

12. God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.
– Hudson Taylor

13. God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.
– Hudson Taylor

14. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.
– Hudson Taylor

15. He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
– Jim Elliot

16. I am destined to proclaim the message, unmindful of personal consequences to myself.
– Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf

17. 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

18. If God wills the evangelization of the world, and you refuse to support missions, then you are opposed to the will of God.
– Oswald J. Smith

19. HUDSON TAYLOR – THE PROGRESSION OF A MISSIONARY CALL:

As child, at age 5:
When I am a man, I mean to be a missionary and go to China.

As a young man:
I feel I cannot go on living unless I do something for China.

Late in life, as a veteran missionary:
If I had 1,000 lives, I’d give them all for China.

– Hudson Taylor, Missionary to China

20. 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

21. 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

22. I have seen the vision and for self I cannot live; Life is less than worthless till my all I give.
– Oswald J. Smith

23. It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him.
– Oswald Chambers

24. I pray, and I obey.
– David Yonggi Cho

25. I want to be where there are out and out pagans.
– Francis Xavier

26. I would rather die for Christ than rule the whole earth.
– Ignatius

27. 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

28. If God’s love is for anybody anywhere, it’s for everybody everywhere.
– Edward Lawlor, Nazarene General Superintendent

29. 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

30. 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

31. 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

32. 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

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

34. If we have not enough in our religion . . . to share it with all the world, it is doomed here at home.
– David Livingstone

35. If you don’t have a definite call to stay here, you are called to go.
– Keith Green

36. 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

37. If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers.
– Nina Gunter

38. 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

39. 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

40. 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

41. 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

42. It’s better to obey God rather than men.
– Brother Andrew

43. Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart.
– Bob Pierce, World Vision founder

44. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing!
– Helen Keller (she wasn’t a missionary, but this is an inspiring mission-minded thought!)

45. Life is precarious, and life is precious. Don’t presume you will have it tomorrow, and don’t waste it today.
– John Piper

46. Live God LOUD!
– Ron Luce, TeenMania

47. Lost people matter to God, and so they must matter to us.
– Keith Wright

48. Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love.
– Roland Allen

49. Missions is not just for missionaries; God’s call is for all.
– Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family

50. Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. – John Piper

51. Missions is practicing God’s presence until His passion compels us to obey.
– Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family

52. Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.
– John Piper

53. 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

54. No reserves. No retreats. No regrets.
– William Borden

55. Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?
– John Wesley

56. Oh, that I could spend every moment of my life to God’s glory!
– David Brainerd

57. Oh, that I had a thousand lives and a thousand bodies! All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ to these degraded, despised, yet beloved mortals.
– Robert Moffat

58. One Way: Jesus! One Job: Evangelism!
– T.L. Osborn

59. Only as the church fulfills her missionary obligation does she justify her existence.
– Unknown

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

61. Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!
– C.T. Studd

62. 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 — can be saved.
– Charles Spurgeon

63. Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.
– Francis Xavier

64. The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.
– David Livingstone

65. This generation can only reach this generation.
– David Livingstone

66. Sympathy is no substitute for action.
– David Livingstone

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

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

69. The Church must send or the church will end.
– Mendell Taylor

70. The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.
– Oswald J. Smith

71. The mission of the church is missions.
– Oswald J. Smith

72. (Related to the previous quote.) God’s mission for the family is expanding God’s family.
– Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family

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

74. The church which ceases to be evangelistic will soon cease to be evangelical.
– Alexander Duff

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

76. The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.
– Hudson Taylor

77. The Great Commission is the Great Adventure of Christianity.
– Ron Luce, TeenMania

78. The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.
– Samuel Zwemer

79. The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home.
– C. T. Studd

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

81. 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

82. 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

83. The supreme task of the Church is the evangelization of the world.
– Oswald J. Smith

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

85. To know God and to make Him known.
– Loren Cunningham, YWAM

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

87. Untold millions are still untold.
– John Wesley

88. Walk away from your own preoccupations . . . and see the perishing multitudes.
– K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia

89. 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

90. 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

91. We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.
– John Stott

92. What can we do to win these men to Christ?
– Richard Wurmbrand, The Voice of the Martyrs (referring to the men who were persecuting him)

93. Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice, before everyone has heard it once?
-Oswald J. Smith

94. Will you go to His feet and place yourself entirely at His disposal?
– William Booth

95. Will you shed your tears for the souls of the nations?
– Wendi Stranz, Pastor’s wife

96. World missions was on God’s mind from the beginning.
– Dave Davidson

97. You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.
– Amy Carmichael

98. You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.
– Oswald J. Smith

99. You must go or send a substitute.
– Oswald J. Smith

100. You have one business on earth – to save souls.
– John Wesley

Quotes from Harvest Ministry Blog.

Why Every Student Ministry Should Honor Graduates

This weekend has been graduation weekend around our city. Caps and gowns, ceremonies and parties. For a student pastor, this can be a busy time of year.

With all the pomp and circumstance, don’t miss the chance to greatly impact your seniors one last time before they face the challenges before them.

I believe all student ministries should honor their graduating seniors because it:

1.  allows us to celebrate with those who celebrate.

The church is a place to do life together. 1 Cor. 12:26 says, “So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” As seniors complete their high school careers, I make it a point honor them and show them the church’s support in a way that they will not soon forget! When statistics are miserable on church attendance among college freshmen, how terrible would it for a teenager to not feel loved or recognized by his or her own church just months away from that critical decision?

2.  it encourages the church and student ministry.

When the church DOES get the opportunity to celebrate with graduating seniors, the cooperate body is reminded that growth is happening! Children are growing into young men and women and along the way the gospel is transforming lives. Put the gospel’s work on display! Send a message to the upcoming students that perseverance has its rewards. Each year the student ministry gets a chance to see their peers move on with the church’s blessing. When affirmed in a public setting this encourages young and old alike.

3.  it reminds them where they have been.

Each year we have a Bible presentation in the worship service followed by a luncheon for the seniors and their families. We have a slideshow with each graduate from baby pictures up through their senior picture. (have the tissues ready, and don’t forget to burn a copy for all the grads) The reminders don’t stop with physical growth. Many of those picture are of retreats, church small groups, events we did together! We have build a foundation that can last. Colossians 2:6-7 focuses us on this. “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.” Take this opportunity to remind them of the truths they are rooted in. Remind them what they have been taught and to remain in HIM!

4.  it reminds them the trajectory they are on.

Colossians 2:6-7 makes it clear that we are to “walk in Him”. Because we are rooted, because we have taught the truth, stay on that coarse. College is hard on believers. It is even harder on weak believers who are trying to walk in their own strength, not “in Him”. As you challenge your seniors, be honest and real. They will face struggles. They will have opportunity to sin. But if they decide now how they will respond, they do not have to be another sad statistic. Trajectory is important. It doesn’t start in one senior recognition service, it begins in middle school. It works into everything you do, years before they are seniors. It is my prayer that the seniors I send out will be prepared for a life of Glorifying God and living out the Gospel.

Here are some of the things I do to make Senior Recognition Sunday a memorable experience:

  • I buy a good bible, one they will actually use and enjoy for many years.
  • I read the Gideon Bible Preface during the recognition service to remind the seniors (and everyone) that we don’t just give a bible because we are a church, but because it truly is a treasure and a guide for life.
  • I host a nice lunch and decorate it along the lines of a wedding reception.
  • I create a memorable slideshow of all the seniors. Be sure to return the photos when you are done with them. (I use a MacBook and it has some amazing looking themes you can use. You look professional.)
  • I get together a team of guys to grill steaks and chicken breasts. I don’t charge anything for the senior and parents, but charge $10 for all other family and guests. (sorry, you don’t break even…but that’s not the point).
  • I provide lots of intentional photo opportunities! Be mindful that this day is for the parents as much as for the graduate!
  • I pray over the graduates. I pray a strong and intentional prayer over their choices and futures.
  • I don’t make it last to long.  Make it nice, don’t drag it out.
  • I send thank you cards to all the people that help pull it off.  (decorations, cooks, servers, clean up crew…)
I pray you will honor your high school seniors this year and for years to come!
Your fellow worker in the field,   Adam