People who move toward the church do so for two major reasons: to learn about God and to find some guidance and direction for living.
Harold Percy, – Your Church Can Thrive: Making the Connections That Build Healthy Congregations
Evangelism was not a program in the Jerusalem church; it was a way of life. The believers’ lives and behaviors created such favor with the population of Jerusalem that people we drawn to the Lord.
Dr. David Jeremiah – The Jeremiah Study Bible
He created the church to meet your five deepest needs: a purpose to live for, people to live with, principles to live by, a profession to live out, and power to live on. There is no other place on earth where you can find all five of these benefits in one place.
Rick Warren– What on Earth Am I Here For?
Stop looking for the perfect church. It does not exist. Even if it did exist, the moment you or I joined it, it would no longer be perfect.
In cathedral or cottage, the art of worship is an inner adventure; it is the personal practice of the presence of God.
Wilferd A. Peterson – The Art of Living Treasure Chest
Churches provide a place of gathering for people who share common beliefs, support and encouragement for each other in faith, a place to find insight into and teaching about God’s Word, and they provide a time and place where people can leave the world behind and focus only on their spiritual relationship with God.
Mary C. Neal, MD – To Heaven and Back
When a church is spending more of its budget on media than shepherding, something is out of whack. We have gotten things twisted around.
Charles R. Swindoll
Find a church where you can have a relationship with God, rather than one where the main focus is on the rituals of the church.
A war fitness conference some time ago declared that the highest form of recreation is to go to church. The word recreation should be written re-creation. More real rest can be gained from an hour and a quarter of worship under these circumstances than by eighteen holes of golf.
Norman Vincent Peale
Just as you must eat, drink, and breathe to live, you must read the Bible, pray, and be involved in a church to stay spiritually alive and vital. You never will outgrow these things.
People are not on a truth quest; they are on a happiness quest. They will continue to attend your church – even if they don’t share your beliefs – as long as they find the content engaging and helpful.
The Church is the Church only when it exists for others- not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from Letters and Papers from Prison
What if we quit thinking about tax write-offs or keeping institutions alive or church buildings full or denominations going, and focused on how to make the Story of Jesus the best news in people’s lives?
Ben Baughman, Untracked
I encourage you to look for a church that teaches that Jesus is the only way to heaven (because he is) and that the Bible is the Word of God (because it is), that will allow you to get connected with other believers (because you need that), and that you’d feel comfortable inviting your non-believing friends to (because they need that).
Vince Antonucci, God’s Love for the Rest of Us
The purpose of the Church therefore, is to continue to carry out this great commission of Christ-to take the gospel to every living creature in every part of the world.
Archbishop Gloria Grace, The Heartbeat of GOD
The people whose love will grow cold will make the terrible mistake of turning the church into a social club, rather than a treatment centre. Michael Caputo, How to Prevent Your Love From becoming Cold
The Word of GOD is given to the church for governing the affairs and business of the church. It is given to individual believers, who make up the church, for the purpose of governing each individual believer. Shannon Scott, Authority
The gospels were collected with other writings of the early church. This collection became known as the New Testament.Roger Quy, All About Jesus: The Single Story from Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John
The book of Acts gives us a history of the work of the early church and the Holy Spirit, within the theatre of the known world. James Paris, The Bible Brief: A Compact Bible Summary & Bible Study Guidebook
So the first place to start must be the church. God so loved the world … and still does … but the church is Christ’s heart’s desire, His chosen one. Ann Allfrey, Prayer Drive … One Year On
And those who are willing to do whatever work is necessary to see the Church blessed, whole, and thriving are the ones to whom true honor is due. Paula Casill, My Brother’s Keeper: Redefining Relationships in the Body of Christ
Many believe it is possible to be a “good Christian” without joining (or even attending) a local church, but God would strongly disagree.
I yearn for the day when we as the church are known for what we are for instead of what we are against. I pray that the long list of “what the church is for” includes remarkable Christ-centered care for the least, the last, and the lost.
Kara Powell, from The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family
If the envious, the defamers and the backbiters were taken out of the average church, there would be revival overnight.
A. W. Tozer
He is preeminent in creation because He is the Creator. He is preeminent in redemption for He is the Redeemer. He is preeminent in the church because He is the One who gave Himself for the church.
Dr. J. Vernon McGee, – Philippians / Colossians (Thru the Bible)
Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing.
It can be helpful to see our relationship to the church as being like a lifelong relationship to a spouse or even a parent, child, or sibling; to view it as a relationship that will include both “for better” and “for worse,” and expect to stay committed anyway.
Sarah Cunningham, – Beyond the Broken Church
The church is not a religious community of worshippers of Christ but is Christ himself who has taken form among people.
One of the primary reasons churches are empty is because church leaders love their models more than they love people. Andy Stanley
The church seeks to help form people who can risk being peaceful in a violent world, risk being kind in a competitive world, risk being faithful in an age of cynicism, risk being gentle among those who admire the tough, risk love when it may not be returned, because we have the confidence that in Christ we have been reborn into a new reality.
A growing church will have devoted learners, and that means they are those who put it into practice.
Brian Johnston, Healthy Churches – God’s Bible Blueprint For Growth
Church history clearly shows that when the Word of God is not taught and commitment to doctrinal purity is not maintained, the Church enters into a dark age.
K. P. Yohannan, A Life of Balance
Apparently, if every believer regularly tithed 10 percent of their income, the church could end global hunger, eliminate deaths from preventable diseases, end illiteracy, solve world water and sanitation issues, fully fund overseas missions work AND expand their ministries both at home and abroad.
Brittany Ann, Putting God First
To put it bluntly, we find ourselves occupying the middle ground between the Kingdom of Heaven and the world of the Church.
Gary Goodell, Where Would Jesus Lead?
A reading church is an informed church;
An informed church is an interested church;
An interested church is an acting church;
An acting church is a serving church;
A serving church is a Christian church.
But God may be calling you to tithe and test Him in questionable economic times. You can do that. God may be calling you to help in your church in some way. You can do that.
Rev. David Weyrick – Called By God:Responders of Biblical Proportion
The church must share in the secular problems of ordinary human life, not dominating, but helping and serving.
Look, don’t judge Christianity by the imperfect examples that we have seen in history. Judge it by Jesus Christ.
The Church is Jesus Christ, and we are the body of the Church. Jesus is our Shepherd and we need to view Him as our role model.
If the church is to impress the world with the deathless hope of the everlasting Gospel, she must be animated by that hope herself.
F. W. Boreham
The resurrection of Christ from the dead, next to the Crucifixion itself, is the most significant event in church history. It isn’t a peripheral issue; it’s foundational. It’s bedrock. It’s the bottom line.
Are you protecting yourself, your family, and your church from falling into temptation through active prayer to the Father?
Henry and Norman Blackaby, – Experiencing Prayer with Jesus: The Power of His Presence and Example
I thank God for teaching me as a child that church is not merely an organization we join , or a place of worship we go to when it is convenient . Church is the body of Christ
Dr. Stephen A. Gammon, Walking With God
Buildings should be tools for ministry, not monuments.
Just as important, having a way to reach out to the local community and to bring new sheep into the Kingdom of God should be something each and every church leader should keep high on their agenda.
Matthew Robert Payne, Finding Intimacy with Jesus Made Simple
How do you see your church? Do you value the teachings you get? Do you implement them in your lives?
Michael Caputo, How to Prevent Your Love From becoming Cold