Tag: Jesus

"My advice to the American church would be simply this: you don't have to be so scared. Sometimes you can lose legislative force and political force, and yet not lose the force of the gospel. Classical historians are still baffled at how the early church completely transformed the Roman Empire with no political or legislative power. Some would venture to say that it was miraculous."
~ John Dickson (an Australian Christian apologist)
"When you've been raised in or around the church, it's very easy to take in a whole lot of head knowledge and intellectualize your faith. It's easy to follow a bunch of Christian rules and just strive to be a better person. There comes a point, however, when you look deeper and realize that this just isn't working...and that it's actually not supposed to work like that. Everything changes when you let go and accept the fact that you can't live up to God's standards on your own. And ironically, when you acknowledge your failure, and focus on your relationship with Jesus, He actually enables you to meet the standard."
~ Phil Vischer
"Much of the American church has abandoned the idea that people's desires need to be transformed. Instead, we try to figure out what people desire, and then we tell them that Jesus is the way to get it. That's how we get people to come to our churches. But we rarely get to the place where we point out that what we should desire most is Jesus Himself."
~ Skye Jethani
"The world doesn't properly learn about God by watching Christian movies or shows...the world learns about God by watching Christians. And the notion that we can live any kind of way, but make a really good movie and it have the effect of leading people to Christ...is pretty darn silly."
~ Phil Vischer
"The fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.) is impossible to manifest by yourself. These things only come about in the context of relationship. That's why Jesus sent out His disciples 2 by 2...that's why He sends the church out as a body. Because He's not just revealed by you or me individually. It's in the relationship of believers that the love of Jesus is manifested to the world."
~ Skye Jethani
"The fact that God gives us the freedom to make choices doesn't diminish His sovereignty or authority. God, in His sovereignty, didn't ordain which choices you would make, but rather ordained that you would be free to make them. Anyone who is not sovereign would be afraid to do this."
~ A.W. Tozer
"I don't believe in 'works-salvation'...the idea that you have to earn salvation from God. God gives salvation as a free gift to those who will accept it. But I do believe in 'works-damnation'. It takes really hard work to reject God's truth and exchange it for lies."
~ Leighton Flowers
"The irony within the tradition of the American church is that we talk all the time about having a personal relationship with Jesus...and yet we spend very little time teaching people how to actually have one."
~ Skye Jethani
"I think in many cases today, we've actually made our goals and dreams into idols. We'll pursue our dreams to the detriment of our relationship with Jesus. Jesus didn't say 'take up your cross, and follow your dreams'...just saying."
~ Phil Vischer