Church (2)The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion. –John Wesley

The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us. The church is the only society in the world that never loses any of its members, even by death. The church upon its knees would bring heaven upon the earth. –E.M. Bounds

A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints. –L.L. Nash

Church attendance is a vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.  –D L Moody

The holiest moment of the church service is the moment when God’s people – strengthened by preaching and sacrament – go out of the church door into the world to be the church. We don’t go to church, we are the church. –Ernest Southcott

Nothing can altogether overthrow and destroy (the church).  Its members may be persecuted, oppressed, imprisoned, beaten, beheaded, burned; but the true church is never altogether extinguished; it rises again from its afflictions; it lives on through fire and water.  When crushed in one land it springs up in another.  The Pharaohs, the Herods, the Neros, have labored in vain to put down this church; they slay their thousands, and then pass away and go to their own place.  The true Church outlives them all, and see them buried each in his turn.  It is an anvil that has broken many a hammer in this world, and will break many a hammer still; it is a bush which is often burning, and yet is not consumed.  –J.C. Ryle

O be not too quick to bury the Church before she is dead. –John Flavel

The highest expression of the will of God in this age is the church which He purchased with His own blood.  To be scripturally valid any religious activity must be part of the church.  Let it be clearly stated that there can be no service acceptable to God in this age that does not center in and spring out of the church.  Bible schools, tract societies, Christian business men’s committees, seminaries and the many independent groups working at one or another phase of religion need to check themselves reverently and courageously, for they have no true spiritual significance outside of or apart from the church. –A.W. Tozer

The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray. –A.W. Tozer

Christians are differentiated from other people by country, language, or customs.  They do not live in cities of their own or speak speak some strange dialect.  They live in their own native lands, but as resident aliens.  They marry and have children just like everyone else, but they do not kill unwanted babies.  –Early Epistle to Diognetus, (1st century)

The church of Christ is the multitude of all those who believe in Christ for the remission of sins, and who are thankful for that mercy and who love the law of God purely, and who hate the sin in this world an long for the life to come. –William Tyndale

The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church…grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil. –Leonard Ravenhill

Do you recall the laughter of the Philistines at the helpless Samson–You can hear the echo of that laughter to-day, as the church, shorn of her strength by her own sin, is an object of ridicule to the world, who cry in derision, “Where is your boasted triumph?” –Abbott E. Kittredge

I never yet have known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided. –D L Moody

One family–we dwell in Him,
One church above, beneath,
Though now divided by the stream,
The narrow stream of death.  –Charles Wesley

 

We are like a roomful of lamps all brilliantly lighted and trying to outdazzle each other on Sunday. We enjoy our own company so much that we become members of an exclusive club, instead of missionaries.  –Vance Havner

There are many sheep without, many wolves within. –Augustine

It may take a crucified church to bring a crucified Christ before the eyes of the world. –William E. Orchard

Burned but not consumed. –The motto of the Church of Scotland

If we preach the whole counsel of God, we shall be accused of extremism, not only by the world but also by a professing church that cannot endure sound doctrine. –Vance Havner

Let the fires go out in the boiler room of the church and the place will still look smart and clean, but it will be cold. The Prayer Room is the boiler room for its spiritual life.  –Leonard Ravenhill

The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church…grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil. –Leonard Ravenhill

The word “church” is used one hundred ten times in the New Testament, and it is instructive to note that ninety-three of those are clear references to the local church. …We may conclude from this large number of references that the Bible has quite a lot to say about the importance of the local church.  –Wayne Mack

Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together. –Corrie Ten Boom

There are churches so completely out of the hands of God that if the Holy Spirit withdrew from them they wouldn’t find it out for many months. –A.W. Tozer

Nonattendance, in the early years of our church, was considered one of the most sinister of sins, because it usually veiled all the other sins. When someone began to be in sin, you would expect them to stop attending. –Mark Dever

Being disconnected from the local church, for whatever reason, is a dangerous way to live. Not only do these “ lone rangers” miss out on the blessings of functioning within the context of the body of Christ, but like lone sheep away from the safety of the flock and the watchful care of the shepherd, they are vulnerable to predators of every sort. –Nancy Leigh DeMoss

On the most elementary level, you do not have to go to church to be a Christian. You do not have to go home to be married either. But in both cases if you do not, you will have a very poor relationship.  –Kent Hughes

To gather with God’s people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.  –Martin Luther

It is right for the Church to be in the world; it is wrong for the world to be in the Church.  A boat in water is good; that is what boats are for.  However, water inside the boat causes it to sink.  –Harold Lindsell

Tell me what the world is saying today, and I’ll tell you what the church will be saying in seven years. –Francis Schaeffer