The Following is a list of Quotes about evangelism that I have collected over the years that have inspired my life and ministry.
“Evangelizing in the church is like fishing in a bathtub: it’s terribly convenient, but you don’t catch much.” (Dr. Roy Fish)
“We’re no longer fishers of men, but keepers of the aquarium, and we spend most of our time swiping fish from each others bowls.”
“In the Great Commission, the Lord has called us to be–like Peter–fishers of men. We’ve turned the commission around so that we have become merely keepers of the aquarium. Occasionally I take some fish out of your fishbowl and put them into mine, and you do the same with my bowl. But we’re all tending the same fish.”
There was a group called The Fisherman’s Fellowship. They were surrounded by streams and lakes full of hungry fish. They met regularly to discuss the call to fish, the abundance of fish, and the thrill of catching fish. They got excited about fishing! Someone suggested that they needed a philosophy of fishing, so they carefully defined and redefined fishing, and the purpose of fishing. They developed fishing strategies and tactics. Then they realized that they had been going at it backwards. They had approached fishing from the point of view of the fisherman, and not from the point of view of the fish. How do fish view the world? How does the fisherman appear to the fish? What do fish eat, and when? These are all good things to know. So they began research studies, and attended conferences on fishing. Some traveled to far away places to study different kinds of fish, with different habits. Some got PhD’s in fishology. But no one had yet gone fishing. So a committee was formed to send out fisherman. As prospective fishing places outnumbered fisherman, the committee needed to determine priorities. A priority list of fishing places was posted on bulletin boards in all of the fellowship halls. But still, no one was fishing. A survey was launched, to find out why. Most did not answer the survey, but from those that did, it was discovered that some felt called to study fish, a few, to furnish fishing equipment, and several to go around encouraging the fishermen. What with meetings, conferences, and seminars, they just simply didn’t have time to fish. Now, Jake was a newcomer to the Fisherman’s Fellowship. After one stirring meeting of the Fellowship, he went fishing and caught a large fish. At the next meeting, he told his story, and he was honored for his catch. He was told that he had a special “gift of fishing.” He was then scheduled to speak at all the Fellowship chapters and tell how he did it. With all the speaking invitations and his election to the board of directors of the Fisherman’s Fellowship, Jake no longer has time to go fishing. But soon he began to feel restless and empty. He longed to feel the tug on the line once again. So he cut the speaking, he resigned from the board, and he said to a friend, “Let’s go fishing.” They did, just the two of them, and they caught fish. The members of the Fisherman’s Fellowship were many, the fish were plentiful, but the fishers were few!
“Evangelism is the outward flowing of the rivers of grace toward men, but worship is the upward expression of the human spirit toward God.”
– Donald Gee
We need to quit praying that God would send revival! He sent you to your city. Become the revival that you have been praying for!
The church that becomes focused upon maintaining itself instead of the gospel becomes a dead branch of the living vine… Thomas C. Oden
I’m sick and tired of only reading about church history; let’s make some by the grace of God! – LEONARD RAVENHILL
“We are not called to proclaim philosophy and metaphysics, but the simple gospel. Man’s fall, his need of a new birth, forgiveness through atonement, and salvation as the result of faith, these are our battle-ax and weapons of war.” – C. H. SPURGEON
To get a man soundly saved it is not enough to put on him a pair of new breeches, to give him regular work, or even to give him a University education. These things are all outside a man, and if the inside remains unchanged you have wasted your labor. You must in some way or other graft upon the man’s nature a new nature, which has in it the element of the Divine. – General William Booth
The true follower of Christ will not ask, “If I embrace this truth, what will it cost me?” Rather he will say, “This is truth. God help me to walk in it, let come what may!” ~ A. W. Tozer
“Let’s quit fiddling with religion and do something to bring the world to Christ.” ~ Billy Sunday
When is a revival needed? When carelessness and unconcern keep the people asleep. – Billy Sunday
“It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.” — John R. Mott
A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God. – Charles Finney
“Catch on fire and others will love to come watch you burn.” – John Wesley
“We must wake ourselves up! Or somebody else will take our place, and bear our cross, and thereby rob us of our crown.”- William Booth
“You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most…It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance.”
– John Wesley
“The greatest of all things is not theology; it is not controversy; it is to save souls.” – Dr. Lyman Beecher
On the night of October 8, 1871, D.L. Moody finished a message with some words he regretted for the rest of his life. So great was his remorse that he committed himself to never making the same mistake again. The title of Moody’s sermon was “What Shall I Do with Jesus?” At the end, he announced, “Now I want you to take the question with you and think it over, and next Sunday I want you to come back and tell me what you’re going to do with Him.” But next Sunday never came. As Moody dismissed his audience, the nearby courthouse fire bell sounded. At the time, no one had any idea how serious the blaze would become. As it turned out, the hall in which Moody spoke, the church he established, and his home were all destroyed in the inferno that became the Great Chicago Fire, along with more than 18,000 other buildings. But Moody hardly gave a second thought to his gutted home and church. They could easily be replaced – but not the lost souls. It was the memory of the audience he never saw again that was seared in his mind for the rest of his life.
If your Gospel isn’t touching others, it hasn’t touched you! -Curry R. Blake
“There is no improving the future without disturbing the present.” – Catherine Booth
“In all ages conformity to the world by Christians has resulted in lack of spiritual life and a consequent lack of spiritual vision and enterprise. A secularized or self-centered Church can never evangelize the world.” – John R. Mot
When William and Catherine Booth were told by their denomination to move from a place where they were making a maximum impact for the Kingdom of God to another area where they would not be able to make such an impact, Katherine Booth stood up and boldly proclaimed “HELL NO!” Let us proclaim to Hell that we will not conform to its plans for our lives no matter who the messenger is! Let us follow God and make a Maximum Impact for His Kingdom!
Our relationship with God is a personal thing but not a private thing. We are the light of the world. We should never hide our light!
Reaching the lost is the lifeblood of a church. If you aren’t winning souls, be so disturbed about it that you change! – Willie George
Ministry need not be an office; it’s a lifestyle devoted to attracting the lost to Christ and encouraging other believers in the faith.” – D.L. Moody
I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light– John Keith Falconer
The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed — Hudson Taylor
The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. –C. S. Lewis
“The crowds themselves are meaningless. The thing that counts is what happens to the hearts of the people.” – Billy Graham
“Isn’t it staggering when you think that one sermon on the day of Pentecost produced 3000 people? And we had some cities yesterday where 3000 sermons were preached and nobody was saved. And it doesn’t even faze us.”- Leonard Ravenhill
“Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus.” – Elton Trueblood
Evangelism is the spontaneous overflow of a glad and free heart in Jesus Christ.
A man once testified in one of D.L. Moody’s meetings that he had lived “on the Mount of Transfiguration” for five years. “How many souls did you lead to Christ last year?” Moody bluntly asked him. “Well,” the man hesitated, “I don’t know.” “Have you saved any?” Moody persisted. “I don’t know that I have,” the man admitted. “Well,” said Moody, “we don’t want that kind of mountaintop experience. When a man gets up so high that he cannot reach down and save poor sinners, there is something wrong.
Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell. — C.T. Studd
“I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation” -John Wesley
“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” – Dwight L Moody
“God save us from living in comfort while sinners are sinking into hell!” Charles Spurgeon
“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.” – John Wesley
To call a man evangelical who is not evangelistic is an utter contradiction. – Morgan, G. Campbell
“I’d rather have people hate me with the knowledge that I tried to save them.” – Keith Green
“Oh, to realize that souls, precious, never dying souls, are perishing all around us, going out into the blackness of darkness and despair, eternally lost, and yet to feel no anguish, shed no tears, know no travail! How little we know of the compassion of Jesus!” – Oswald J. Smith
“It is of no use for any of you to try to be soul-winners if you are not bearing fruit in your own lives. How can you serve the Lord with your lips if you do not serve Him with your lives.? How can you preach His gospel with your tongues, when with hands, feet, and heart you are preaching the devil’s gospel, and setting up an antichrist by your practical unholiness?” – Charles Spurgeon
“Can we go too fast in saving souls? If anyone still wants a reply, let him ask the lost souls in Hell.”- William Booth
Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms. Confusion here is fatal. – J. I. Packer
It is now possible to live a “christian life” without doing the things that Jesus commanded us to do. “We have hired people to go into all the world, to visit those in prison, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to care for widows and orphans. The average Christian doesn’t have to do it.–Cal Thomas
A revival does two things. First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!- Billy Sundy
I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ. — Count Nicolaus Ludwn Zinzendorf
Are you waiting on the call? Stop waiting… We are called to surrender and once surrender happens the commissioning will come. (Acts 1:4)
In an effort to rebrand the church, we must be careful not to rebrand the message of Christ!
“Evangelism requires leadership. Leading someone toward giving up their world-view & embracing yours isn’t easy” Seth Godin
“We’ve made a big mistake by asking people to “ask Jesus into their hearts”…Jesus never asked for our “hearts”…Jesus asked for our lives and the question is not if we will receive Jesus the question is have me met the requirements for God to receive us…we come to God on God’s terms.” Rick Renner
True ministry is reaching people and touching lives. Everything else is just stuff we have to do. – Jerry Moyer
People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Elinor Smith
With decades of leading the body of Christ into positional truths – isn’t it time that we now lead the same toward a concern for the lost? – Doug Jones
Someone asked “will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved?” It is more a question with me whether we who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not can be saved. — Charles Spurgeon
God calls us into ministry to be his hands and feet to our generation. If it ceases to be about this, maybe we should look for another job!
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“The walls of every church must include the ends of the earth” – R. Bonnke
“The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God.” – Robert Murray McCheyne
It matters not how spiritual a church may profess to be, if souls are not saved, something is radically wrong, and the professed spirituality is simply a false experience, a delusion of the devil. People who are satisfied to meet together simply to have a good time among themselves are far away from God. Real spirituality always has an outcome.” – Oswald J. Smith
“Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, ‘Leonard, you took Me too seriously’?” – Leonard Ravenhill
Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good. He came into the world to make dead men live! – Leonard Ravenhill