Quotes

For,’Who knows the Lord’s thoughts?Who knows enough to teach him?’ But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor 2:16). Together, we have the mind of Christ. Not individually, but corporately. Quoting from someone doesn’t mean endorsing everything he or she has ever said or done.

“Sometimes, He will speak to you through people and groups that you may be inclined to write off and reject. Sometimes He will speak to you through an article or a book you are inclined to ignore. You may think to yourself, ‘but their doctrine is off. Their theology is messed up. They are too legalistic. They are too libertine. Surely, Jesus can’t speak to me through them.’ . Really? Yes, they are imperfect. For sure, just like you are. This is why humility and openness to His voice – through any person or group – is critical. And it requires deep humility.” – Frank Viola, from Jesus Speaks


“Deliberately reject every source of strength but Christ.” – Raymond C. Ortlund Sr.

“Human history is a shipwreck awaiting rescue: but the port of salvation is not the goal; it’s to resume the journey toward union with God.” – Hank Hanegraaff

“We’ve become experts at discussing & criticizing ministry ideas with each other in the Church. Meanwhile I see fewer Christians actually talking. – Francis Chan

“In most churches today I hear a lot of talk and the facade of human wisdom, but I don’t see much of God’s presence and power. Do you? I am tired of merely talking about God. I want to see God move through me, through Cornerstone Church, and through the worldwide body of Christ. I know there’s more. We all know there’s more. I want to go there—not just intellectually, but in life, with everything that I am.” – Francis Chan

“Many have the knowledge but lack the courage to admit the discrepancy between what we know and how we live.”  – Francis Chan

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan

“Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than they love the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever so honest, earnest, and sacrificial.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Your doctrine can be as straight as a gun barrel and just as empty.” – Leonard Revenhill

“You can have all of your doctrines right, and yet still not have the presence of God.” – Leonard Revenhill

“The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed; The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” – Augustine/ R.T. Kendall

“Christianity is not a religion. It is not an institution. It is a Person. Christianity is Christ. It is all Christ Christ Christ Christ: knowing Him, loving Him, serving Him, trusting Him, gaining Him – to live is Christ! ” – John Stott

“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.” – A.W. Tozer

“He puts a well within us. We are not always drawing from somewhere outside. The well, the spring, goes on springing up from within into everlasting life.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Genesis starts in a garden, but Revelation ends in a city. I find that so interesting since you can’t get from a garden to a city without cultivating and creating. We have to get there somehow. We are not called to retreat into the forest, read Left Behind books, and play harps until we get to heaven. We are called to redeem this earth – everything, not just the spiritual part. Jesus is Lord of all of it, even the mundane Mondays through Saturdays. He’s not just in charge of Sundays.” – Jefferson Bethke

“Are you a Genesis 1 Christian or a Genesis 3 Christian? Do you start your story with shalom or with sin?” – Jefferson Bethke

“The truth is, when we are living for God, our desires are actually God’s desires.” – Jefferson Bethke

“Christianity is the only religion whose God bears the scars of evil.”- Os Guiness

“Eve wasn’t attracted to the evil side of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but the good side. The great deception of the last days will not be a blatant evil, but rather a form of good that is rebellious to God.” – John Bevere

“That’s the whole spiritual life. It’s learning how to die. And as you learn how to die, you start losing all your illusions, and you start being capable now of true intimacy and love.” – Eugene Peterson

“To know Him is to want to know Him more” – Jeremy Lin

” Job did not seek the Giver because of his gifts; when all gifts were removed he still sought the Giver.” – Philip Yancey

“Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.”- Phillip Yancey

“Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.” – Phillip Yancey

“You have to kill pleasure with pleasure. ‘No’ will not work in the long run. Enjoy Jesus more than sin.” – John Piper

“What is sin?
It is the glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.
The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.
That is sin.”
– John Piper

“Our fundamental sin is that we place ourselves in the position of God and divide the world between what we judge to be good and what we judge to be evil. And this judgment is the primary thing that keeps us from doing the central thing God created and saved us to do, namely, love like he loves.” – Greg Boyd

“Laws, enforced by the sword, control behavior but cannot change hearts.” – Greg Boyd

“Our assignment has never been about what we can do for God, but what can God do through us.” – Bill Johnson

“It is abnormal for a Christian not to have an appetite for the impossible.” – Bill Johnson

“The question is not ‘What would Jesus do?’. I believe it’s ‘What is Jesus Christ doing through me…and through us?’. Jesus made pretty clear that we cannot live the Christian life. Instead, He must live it through us.” – Frank Viola

“Christianity is not an imitation but His life manifested in us.” – Frank Viola

“Answered prayer is the interchange of love between the Father and His child.” – Andrew Murray

“How often among Christians, who have to work together, do we see divisions and bitterness! God have mercy upon them, that the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, is so frequently absent from His own people. You ask, ‘Why is it, that for twenty years I have been fighting with my temper, and can not conquer it?’ It is because you have been fighting with the temper, and you have not been fighting with the root of the temper.”- Andrew Murray

“Is it not a sad thing to see a believer who has been converted five, ten, twenty years, and yet no growth, and no strength, and no joy of holiness?”- Andrew Murray

“Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue. And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil.”- Andrew Murray

“Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all. Here is the path to the higher life: down, lower down! Just as water always seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds men abased and empty, His glory and power flow in to exalt and to bless.”- Andrew Murray

“A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.”- Andrew Murray

“The highest glory of the creature is in being only a vessel, to receive and enjoy and show forth the glory of God. It can do this only as it is willing to be nothing in itself, that God may be all. Water always fills first the lowest places. The lower, the emptier a man lies before God, the speedier and the fuller will be the inflow of the diving glory.”- Andrew Murray

“Christianity is not just involved with ‘salvation’, but with the total man in the total world. The Christian message begins with the existence of God forever, and then with creation. It does not begin with salvation. We must be thankful for salvation, but the Christian message is more than that. Man has a value because he is made in the image of God.” – Francis Schaeffer

“But the fact that Christ as the bridegroom brings forth fruit through me as the bride, through the agency of the indwelling Holy Spirit by faith, opens the way for me as a Christian to begin to know in the present life the reality of the supernatural. This is where the Christian is to live. Doctrine is important, but it is not an end in itself. There is to be an experiential reality, moment by moment.” – Francis Schaeffer

“It is so easy to become more attached to the gifts of God than to the Giver—and even, I should add, to the work of God than to God Himself.” – Watchman Nee

“Learn to recognize God’s sovereignty. Learn to rejoice in God’s pleasure. This was Abraham’s first lesson, namely that God, not himself, was the Source.” – Watchman Nee

“Do you know, my friends, that the Spirit within you is very God? Oh that our eyes were opened to see the greatness of God’s gift! Oh that we might realize the vastness of the resources secreted in our own hearts! I could shout with joy as I think, “The Spirit who dwells within me is no mere influence, but a living Person; He is very God. The infinite God is within my heart!” I am at a loss to convey to you the blessedness of this discovery, that the Holy Spirit dwelling within my heart is a Person.” – Watchman Nee

“To sum up all things in Christ” is the mystery of God’s will. This needs to be first realized in the church as well as in each individual member before it can be fulfilled in the universe. How very urgent it is for believers to know the reality of Christ as being our all and in all. For God has not given us many things; He gives us only Christ. Things are dead, but Christ is living. Christ must be all things to us.” – Watchman Nee

“The first condition to victory is to realize that we cannot make it, and the second is to give up trying to make it. If we will admit that we cannot make it and give up trying to make it, we will overcome.”- Watchman Nee

“To have eternal life is a matter once for all, but to partake of the divine nature is a continual matter. During the entire course of our Christian life on earth and even in eternity, we shall still be partaking of the divine nature.”- Witness Lee

“The will of God for us is that we know the all-inclusive Christ, experience Him, and live Him as our life. To know Christ in this way is to have the full knowledge of God’s will.” – Witness Lee

“Only when we live, walk, behave, and have our being altogether in our spirit, not in our natural man, are we in the kingdom of God and, in reality, are the kingdom of God.” – Witness Lee

“As long as he can keep us from God’s way and frustrate us in fulfilling God’s purpose, Satan will even motivate us to do things for God. This was how he worked in Cain.” – Witness Lee

“The strongest person is not the one who is able to do something, but the one who is able not to do what he has the power to do. This self-denial is the unique way to usher in God’s kingdom and to realize the kingdom life.” – Witness Lee

“God’s Kingdom is present in its beginnings, but still future in its fullness. This guards us from an under-realized eschatology (expecting no change now) and an over-realized eschatology (expecting all change now). In this stage, we embrace the reality that while we’re not yet what we will be, we’re also no longer what we used to be.” – Tim Keller

“Humility is so shy. If you begin talking about it, it leaves.” – Tim Keller

“Truth without love is imperious self-righteousness; Love without truth is cowardly self-indulgence. Both are selfish.” - Tim Keller

“A Christian is in Christ, thus the Christian is in an indivisible union with Christ Himself and as a result, is a partaker of His divine nature. A Christian partakes of everything that Christ is and has, including His inheritance, righteousness, death, life, and Spirit. Since Christ is a victor, Christians partake of His victory. The believer then, is a victor. Those who have been born of God are true overcomers.” – John MacArthur

“The assumption that the gospel can be reduced to a note card is already off on the wrong track.” – Scot McKnight

“We need to shed our unearthly and nonsocial and idealistic and romantic and uber-spiritual visions of kingdom and get back to what Jesus meant. By kingdom, Jesus means: God’s Dream Society on earth, spreading out from the land of Israel to encompass the whole world.” – Scot McKnight

“Prayer is the way to die to our own wishes and surrender everything to God.” – Scot McKnight

“We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned devotion to Him. ” – Oswald Chamber

“It is possible to know all about doctrine and yet not know Jesus. The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine outsteps intimate touch with Jesus. ….Have I a personal history with Jesus Christ? The one sign of discipleship is intimate connection with Him, a knowledge of Jesus Christ nothing can shake.” – Oswald Chamber

“The whole of scripture is one book, and that one book is Christ.” – Hugh of St. Victor


Additional Chinese quotes…

“屬靈的驕傲比屬世的驕傲更可怕。如果說屬世的驕傲是自高自大、好為人師,那麼”屬靈”的驕傲則是以神的名義自高自大、好為人師。如果說屬世的驕傲高喊著:哪裡有神?那麼”屬靈”的驕傲則宣告:神在我手裡!歷史上,”屬靈”驕傲導致殘酷無情的迫害。置耶穌於死地而後快的就是宗教領袖,而非世俗政權。” – 遠志明

“那時我認識到自己的舊人真是毫無良善。 覺得自己滿不錯的了的情況下是經不起火的試煉 – 神煉淨的渣滓 – 我們的老我,舊人舊造! 這就是火的試煉。那段時間神讓我們經歷了軟弱、失敗,更深地看見自己內心裡還有很多需要神憐憫的地方,需要聖靈的工作讓自己脫去舊人穿上新人,心意更新而變化;複興的關鍵 : 禱告。沒有禱告沒有復興,多有禱告多有復興,少有禱告少有復興。現在教會需要大的複興,如果在主的光照中認識到自己的敗壞,認識到自己就是神的攔阻,這樣就會帶來教會的複興。如果看自己比別人強,我要當「頭」,就另當別論了。各個公會的傳道人都要看到別人裡面的基督,看到別人裡面向著神的那顆心,看到別人瓦器裡面的寶貝. 願過去在耶利米時代,如何拔出、毀壞、重新栽植,在這個時代當中也是如何重新建立栽植,讓靈裡清楚知道主的手要引導我們走什麼的道路。”-邊雲波

“讓我愛而不受感戴,讓我事而不受賞賜,
讓我盡力而不被人記,讓我受苦而不被人睹。
只知傾酒不知飲酒,只想擘餅不想留餅,
倒出生命來使人得幸福,捨棄安寧來使人得舒服,
不受體恤,不受眷顧,不受推崇,不受安撫,
寧可淒涼,寧可孤苦,寧可無告,寧可被負,
願意以血淚作為冠冕的代價,
願意受虧損來渡旅客的生涯。
因為當祢活在這裡時,祢也是如此過日子,
欣然忍受一切的損失,好使近祢的人得安適。
我今不知前途究有多遠,這條道路一去就不再還原,
所以讓我學習祢那樣的完全,時常被人辜負心不生怨。
求祢在這慘淡時期之內,擦乾我一切暗中的眼淚,
學習知道祢是我的安慰,並求別人喜悅以渡此歲。” – 倪柝声