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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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

A man may be said to be given to covetousness when he takes more pains for getting earth than for getting heaven.

Thomas Watson

There are two sins which were Christ’s sorest enemies–covetousness and envy. Covetousness sold Christ and envy delivered Him.

Thomas Manton, The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, D.D.: With a Memoir of the Author, Volume 4, pg. 303

He that would know what willful sin is, with the thought that he is safe, as long as he keeps from that extreme, deceives himself. The only sure way of being kept from willful sin is to keep far from all sin…. O Christian! here is thy only safety: launch out into the deep of full obedience to all the will of God; keep far from all sin, and thou shalt be kept from willful sinning.

Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, pg 403





The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.

Thomas Watson





The existence of creation cries out, “behold your God”. Why is something here rather than nothing? From where did the first particle come? From where did life come? Man without God has no explanation. Fools they are who say evolution and chance. You might as likely throw letters in the air and then pick up a dictionary.

Bob Jennings, Romans Commentary: Reasons For Wrath (Chapter 13)

Is the Bible the Word of God? Then be sure you never read it without fervent prayer for the help and teaching of the Holy Spirit. Here is the rock on which many make shipwreck. They do not ask for wisdom and instruction, so they find the Bible dark, and carry nothing away from it. You should pray for the Spirit to guide you into all truth. You should beg the Lord Jesus Christ to “open your understanding,” as He did that of the His disciples. The Lord God, by His inspiration the book was written, keeps the keys of the book, and alone can enable you to understand it profitably.

J. C. Ryle, Reading the Bible Supernaturally, pg. 194

The popular idea is that this world is real, exciting, and fulfilling, but the next world to come is not real or fulfilling. But the Bible teaches just the opposite, that it is this world that is vague, unfulfilling, and ultimately not real, and the next world of eternity is what is exciting, fulfilling, and real.

Douglas Taylor
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