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Evangelism

If the Holy Spirit were taken away from the New Testament church, 90 percent of what they did would have come to a halt, but if the Holy Spirit were taken away from the church of today, 10 percent of what we do would come to a halt. • A.W. Tozer

Winners of souls must first be weepers of souls. • C. H. Spurgeon

We are the Bibles the world is reading; We are the creeds the world is needing; We are the sermons the world is heeding. • Billy Graham

General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, once said that if he could have his wish, part of the final training for preachers and evangelists would be to have them hung over the open fires of hell for twenty-four hours “so those that were sharing this gospel message would recognize the urgency of it,” he explained.

I will put it into four words for you. Christ died for me. • Charles Spurgeon (When asked if he could put in a few words what his Christian faith was all about)

In eternity there is nothing from this life that will have been more important than the people you and I reached for Christ. • Mike Downey

Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there; Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim shall be to make the Man of Sorrows the Man of Joy by conversion to Him of many. • Hudson Taylor

That man is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. • Jim Elliot

We are all missionaries. Wherever we go, we either bring people nearer to Christ, or we repel them from Christ. • Eric Liddell

God has prepared the whole world for the gospel and the gospel for the whole world. • Don Richardson.

You have one business on earth--to save souls; therefore, spend and be spent in this work. • John Wesley

If not us, who? If not now, when? • Vinson Synan

We have given too much attention to methods and to machinery and to resources, and too little to the Source of Power, the filling with the Holy Ghost. • J. Hudson Taylor

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

The Gospel is not something we come to church to hear; it is something we go from church to tell. • Vance Havner

The Christian knows from the outset that the salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world. • C.S. Lewis

It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home. • Hudson Taylor

Cast off all bonds of prejudice and custom, and let the love of Christ, which is in you, have free course to run out in all conceivable schemes and methods of labour for the souls of men. • Catherine Booth, Co-founder of the Salvation Army

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, but we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. • Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It can be hard to hear the gentle whisper of the Spirit amid the noise of Christendom. • Shane Claiborne

We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside... but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved. • Martin Luther King Jr., from A Time to Break the Silence (Sermon, Riverside Church, New York, April 4, 1967)

We’re told to go and make disciples, but we often just sit and make excuses. • Francis Chan

The gospel is good news for sick people and is disturbing for those who think they’ve got it all together. Some of us have been told our whole lives that we are wretched, but the gospel reminds us that we are beautiful. Others of us have been told our whole lives that we are beautiful, but the gospel reminds us that we are also wretched. The church is a place where we can stand up and say we are wretched, and everyone will nod and agree and remind us that we are also beautiful. • Shane Claiborne

How I treat a brother or sister from day to day, how I react to the sin-scarred wino on the street, how I respond to interruptions from people I dislike, how I deal with normal people in their normal confusion on a normal day may be a better indication of my reverence for life than the antiabortion sticker on the bumper of my car. • Brennan Manning