Or I could have titled this ‘When They Say It Better Than Me’. I have this little resource called Stories For Preachers & Teachers and it is filled with quotes from a large assortment of topics. Today I will be simply placing many of those quotes on here for you to consider. I am not sure of all the participants spiritual status but I chose those quotes which were compatible with the Christian Faith.
#1. Bible— A man is not educated who does not know the basic truths of the Bible– Anonymous
Other books were given for our information; the Bible was given for our transformation– Anonymous
#2. Gospel— If you believe in the Gospel what you like, and reject what you don뭪 like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself. –Saint Augustine
#3. Proverbs— Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.– Miguel de Cervantes
The study of proverbs may be more instructive and comprehensive than the most elaborate scheme of philosophy.– Motherwell
#4. Church— A church is a hospital for sinners, not a club for saints– Anonymous
The Christian church is the only society in the world in which membership is based upon the qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership.– Charles Clayton Morrison
The only trouble was, Church . . . didn뭪 take up the whole of your life. No matter how much you knelt and prayed, you still had to eat three meals a day and have a job and live in the world. — Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
The Christian church is not a congregation of righteous people. It is a society of those who know they are not good.
Dwight E. Stevenson
It does not take a perfect church to introduce a man to the perfect Christ.– Richard Woodsome
I do not want the walls of separation between different orders of Christians to be destroyed, but only lowered, that we may shake hands a little easier over them.– Rowland Hill
. . . it belongs to the very life of the people of God that it must accept again and again to have its life renewed by a new confrontation with its Lord and his holy will.
-W.A. Visser ‘T Hooft, The Renewal of the Church
The Church is most true to its own nature when it seeks nothing for itself, renounces power, humbly bears witness to the truth but makes no claim to be the possessor of truth, and is continually dying in order that it may live.
-J.H. Oldham, Life Is Commitment
A Church without hope has nothing to offer anyone. It is just a collection of demoralized individuals so concerned about their own survival that they haven’t the freedom to offer society the Gospel in its power and comprehensiveness.
-Colin Morris, The Hammer of the Lord
The Church has a right to edify itself by the gifts of all its members. Nothing is more striking than the latent and undeveloped power in the Church to-day.
-Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
The Church must take care that in trying to build bridges across to the secularized modern world, it does not abandon the bridgehead on the Christian side and find itself left with nothing to communicate and nothing distinctively Christian to contribute.
-F.R. Barry, Secular and Supernatural
It is the Church of the saints and martyrs and prophets, who have been the lights of the world in their several generations, that has the demand upon your allegiance – not the Church which has been corrupted by wealth and worldly power. But the true Church is embedded in the existing Churches – you will not find it elsewhere.
-Alec R. Vidler, God’s Demand and Man’s Response
The Church is the community of the Spirit, not as having a monopoly of the Spirit, but as having been called into existence by God and entrusted with the word and the sacraments. In the Church there should be going on in a concentrated way the work of the Spirit, which in a diffuse way is going on throughout creation. When the Church is truly the Church it is introducing a new dimension into the social situation, thus giving hope for an eventual transformation.
-George Appleton, Journey for a Soul
#5. Creation— It is not difficult for one seal to make many impressions exactly alike, but to vary shapes almost infinitely, which is what God has done in creation, this is in truth a divine work.– Robert Bellarmine, De ascensione mentis in Deum per scalas creaturarum
The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.– Edwin Conklin
He created us because He wanted other creatures in His image in the universe upon whom He could pour out His love, and who, in turn, would voluntarily love Him.– Billy Graham, Till Armageddon
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy. — Jonathan Swift
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!– Jeremy Taylor
#6. Evangelism— Kindness has converted more sinners that zeal, eloquence or learning.– Frederick William Faber
I just want to lobby for God.– Billy Graham
People can see when you’ve got good news.– Grenville Barber, guest sermon, Hope Chapel, Austin, Texas, 7 Mar 1992
Witnessing is not a spare-time occupation or a once-a-week activity. It must be a quality of life. You don’t go witnessing, you are a witness. Dan Greene
Witnessing is one beggar telling another beggar where to find food.– Lewis Timberlake
#7. Faith— Faith is the continuation of reason.– William Adams
Faith is certitude without proofs . . . Faith is a sentiment, for it is a hope; it is an instinct, for it precedes all outward instruction.
Henri Frederic Amiel, The Private Journal of Henri Frederic Amiel
Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.– Anonymous
Human misery is too great for men to do without faith. — Heinrich Heine
The great act of faith is when man decides that he is not God.– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., letter to William James, 1907
Faith is the capacity to trust God while not being able to make sense out of everything.– James Kok
Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: Ye must have faith. It is a quality which the scientist cannot dispense with.
Max Planck, Where is Science Going?
Faith is like love: it cannot be forced.– Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga und Paralipomena
Reason saw not till Faith sprung the Light.–John Dryden, ‘Religio Laici’
#8. Grace— Grace is everything for nothing to those who don’t deserve anything.– Anonymous
We can be certain that God will give us the strength and resources we need to live through any situation in life that he ordains. The will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.– Billy Graham, Till Armageddon
Grace cannot wipe out the law of sewing and reaping.– Rod Parsley
#9. Humility— Humility is a strange thing: The moment you think you have it, you have lost it.– Anonymous
Humility is not the belittling of self; it is the forgetting of self. — Anonymous
Many would be scantily clad if clothed in their humility.– Anonymous
I think that will suffice for now. Maybe I will do another post of these quotes as it is always good to have food for thought