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
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
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
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
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
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