Challenging Christian Quotes

These inspirational and challenging Christian quotes are extracted from books and sermons by godly believers that we hope will challenge and encourage you as you run this race for the Lord Jesus. (For sharing the quotes that are in the image format, you can download them by clicking on the image.)

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If you have anything to be proud of, remember what it is and that it is not your own, but has been given or lent to you by God, who especially hates pride.

Richard Baxter, Baxter’s Practical Works, vol. 1, 111-112.

Love for the brethren is a distinguishing mark of Christianity (1 John 4:7-8). Anyone, regardless of their theological correctness, who is loveless, motivated by a critical spirit, & merciless in their argumentation, should be concerned as to whether or not they are truly converted.

Paul Washer

The minister who does not earnestly pray over his work must surely be a vain and conceited man. He acts as if he thought himself sufficient of himself, and therefore needed not appeal to God. Yet what baseless pride to conceive that our preaching can ever be in itself so powerful that it can turn men from their sins, and bring them to God without the working of the Holy Ghost. If we are truly humble-minded we shall not venture down to the fight until the Lord of hosts has clothed us with all power, and said to us, ‘God in this thy might.’

C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, pg 54





Blind men see no beauty in a sunset; deaf men are unmoved by a song; beasts have no appreciation for art; carnal men find no worth in God.

Paul Washer

Our nation is so hardened. The biggest culprits are the preachers, wicked, evil-doers in sheep’s clothing. The pastor of one of the biggest Baptist churches here in town was to kiss a pig if so many young people came to the meeting last month. It was an insult to the pig and to God.

Bob Jennings, A letter written in 1998

Wherever I am, whatever I am doing, I hope and pray to God that I will have the courage to stand up for the real Jesus of the New Testament.

A. W. Tozer

We must not select a few favorite Bible passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.

A. W. Tozer

Proud man always wants to do it himself, but God’s way is faith. A helpless look to God for sheer mercy and grace. Unbelieving man wants something he can see, but God’s way is believing and beholding the invisible.

Bob Jennings, Chapter 27 of Romans Commentary





How unspeakably wonderful to know that all our concerns are held in hands that bled for us.

John Newton

To be right with God one must first have “his mouth closed” (Romans 3:19) by the Law. If you are still chattering, excusing, justifying, explaining, complaining, and changing the subject, you are no candidate for saving grace. The Pharisee of Luke 18 had too much to say; it was the tax-gatherer, who taking the place of a hell-deserving sinner who had no plea but mercy, was the one who went down to his house justified (Luke 18). No, one must see that “by (doing) the works of the Law’, by merit, by performance, by ability, by qualification, no one will enter heaven and stand “in God’s sight”… It is through faith in JESUS CHRIST. He was the only man that lived a perfect life… He earned a title to heaven for all who believe. Satisfying the Law’s penalty, He died substitutionarily for all who believe.

Bob Jennings, How to Get Right With God (Romans 3:19-24, Commentary, Chapter 23)

Multitudes, after the sermon, followed me home, weeping, and the next day I was employed from seven in the morning till midnight, in giving spiritual advice to awakened souls.

George Whitefield, The Life of the Rev. George Whitefield, Volume 1, pg 79

This is one of the most common deceptions in which men ruin their souls. They seek to apply themselves to victory over the troubling sin but do not allow their conviction to lead them to the gospel. They perish in their ‘reformation’.

John Owen, pg 44, The Mortification of Sin

We must deliberately seek to meet with God absolutely alone, and to secure such aloneness with God we are bidden to ‘enter into the closet.’ God absolutely insists on this ‘closet’ communion with Himself. One reason, no doubt, that He demands it is to test our sincerity. There is no test for the soul like solitude. Do you shrink from solitude? Perhaps the cause for your neglect of the ‘closet’ is a guilty conscience? You are afraid to enter into the solitude. You know that however cheerful you appear to be you are not really happy. You surround yourself with company lest, being alone, truth should invade your delusion.

Gordon Cove





Like lighting one small candle to supplement the sun,
Is adding man’s weak merit to what our Lord has done;
For He the books of heaven has cleared by His blood,
Our righteousness is in Him, His name the Son of God.

William Williams, Daniel Rowland and the Great Evangelical Awakening in Wales, pg. 302

People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives… and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.

Nate Saint, missionary martyr
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