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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To give direction or command to our children and then not enforce them is to teach them that our instruction means nothing…failure to practice correction can lead the child to distrust you. If our no doesn’t mean no, then the word is not only pointless, it’s a lie. For example, if you tell your young child, “Don’t touch that,” but do nothing when she proceeds to touch it, your instruction has come to mean nothing, and your daughter’s trust in your words diminished…the author of Hebrews mentions how “we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them (12:9).” But if your children aren’t consistently and lovingly corrected for their infractions, they’ll tend to disrespect you as a weak parent who issues empty commands not worthy of respect.

Sam Crabtree, Parenting With Loving Correction

It is related of the Rev. Mr. Cecil, in his life, that he had a great passion for music and facility of execution on the violin. But he found that his delight in it led him to devote too much time to the amusement. Perceiving this, he one day cut the strings of his violin across, and never touched it again.

R. Govett, Gospel Analogies; and Other Sermons, pg. 246

Know what God is about, especially in respect of your calling, and keep within it. Most people crack up because they try to do what God never intended them to do. They destroy themselves by sinful ambition, just as much as the drunkard and drug addict. Ambition drives them on.

William Still, pg. 45, The Work of the Pastor

It is good to have spiritual heroes we emulate. But idolizing men is a different thing altogether. It is a subtle trap to be avoided. Scripture says, “Stop regarding man, in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?” (Isaiah 2:22) We are to appreciate, honor, and respect God’s men, but never idolize or view them as perfect.

Mack Tomlinson, In Light of Eternity, pg 288





For the Christian, everything begins and ends with worship. Whatever interferes with one’s personal worship of God needs to be properly dealt with and dismissed. Keep in mind that above all else, worship is an attitude, a state of mind and a sustained act. It is not a physical attitude, but an inward act of the heart toward God.

A.W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg 13

Ministers, in order to be burning and shining lights, should walk closely with God, and keep near to Christ; that they may ever be enlightened and enkindled by Him. And they should be much in seeking God, and conversing with Him by prayer, who is the fountain of light and love.

Jonathan Edwards, The Supremacy of God in Preaching, pg 101

How dishonouring it is unto God to have so many professing Christians eulogizing worms of the dust and using such expressions as “He is a great man,” “a remarkable preacher,” “a wonderful Bible teacher.” What glory doth the Lord get therefrom? None. No wonder the unction of the Spirit is now so generally withheld! Moreover, nothing is so apt to destroy a preacher’s usefulness as to puff him up with flattery; certainly nothing is so insulting to the Spirit and more calculated to cause Him to withdraw His blessing than such idolatrous man worship. How much better to say, “Such a preacher is highly favoured of the Lord in being so gifted by Him.” “The pastor was much helped by God in his sermon this morning.”

A.W. Pink, Gleanings in Joshua, pg. 148

The pride of preachers of the Word, in wanting a name for themselves alive and after their death, is the cause of attracting men to themselves, rather than to the Lord of the harvest. Men are so prone to make idols of one another… and ordinary people, when they hear a good orator, and have but a little taste of his doctrine, are ready to set him up as a Herod of old, in the place of God; then his heart is so taken with this promotion, and with the people’s allegiance, that he begins to boast of, and flaunt this new name which he wishes to perpetuate, and which others readily ascribe to him. This new sect both he and they conclude is better than all those old sleepy sects whose names are rusted.

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

There are two lighthouses on the southernmost tip, Cape Point—the first was built too high so that its light shone above the ships and failed to guide; the second was built much lower and has proved a safer guide. The point should be lost on preachers. It is never helpful to preach over people’s heads.

Daniel Smith, Pilgrim of the Heavenly Way, pg 154

I think sometimes that she is all alone at Plymouth. There is a Friend, whose friendship, if she would secure it, would never leave her alone. Without His friendship she will soon be worse than alone. O the pleasure which a lively Christian must enjoy in communion with God! It is all one, whether he is in a city or a desert, among relations or among savage foes, in the heat of the Indies or in the ice of Greenland; his infinite Friend is always at hand. He need not fear want, or sickness, or pain, for his best Friend does all things well. He need not fear death, though it come in the most shocking form; for death is only a withdrawing of the veil which conceals his dearest Friend.

Adoniram Judson, Pulling the Eye Tooth from a Live Tiger: Adoniram Judson Volume 1, pg 57

Somebody came to Moody one time and said, “I have a complaint Mr. Moody, my congregation is too small.” And Moody said, “Well, maybe they are as large as you would like to give an account for on the day of judgment.” That’s really a good answer. I’ve often thought about that, I’m going to give an account to God for the people that He gave me and how I exercise that stewardship. From that perspective I don’t need more of them, I would be better off if I had less of them.

Jesus Christ is without parallel. Neither all the men upon earth nor all the shinning myriads of glorified angels in heaven can, in any degree, equal Him who is the great Messiah, the God-man.

Daniel Rowland, Daniel Rowland and the Great Evangelical Awakening in Wales, pg 371

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
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