Christian Witnessing Quotations

John 4:28,29 "
The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?"

"If we wish to do good to souls, our success with these souls will be in proportion to their belief in our belief in, and appreciation of, them. Respect shown to the struggling human soul is the sure means through Christ Jesus of the restoration of the self-respect the man has lost."—Adapted from Fundamentals of Education, p. 280.1

Matt. 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."

"Everyone who is connected with God will impart light to others. If there are any who have no light to give, it is because they have no connection with the Source of light."—Christian Service, p. 21

“What is light? It is piety, goodness, truth, mercy, love; it is the revealing of the truth in the character and life. The gospel is dependent on the personal piety of its believers for its aggressive behavior.”—Christian Service, p. 21

Isa. 60:1 "Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you."

"The secret of success is not in learning, not in our position, not in our numbers, nor the greatness of our talents; it is not in the will of man. The Lord God of Israel is our strength. The willing and obedient will gain victory after victory. The Lord's workers must feel their inefficiency, must contemplate Christ, and conquer through Him who is the thought of all thought, the strength of all strength. Grasp the hand of Christ, and say, I will not let thee go except thou bless me. He will respond, keep near to me; I will hold your hand. My grasp -90- shall never relax. Possess your souls in patience, in meekness, in humbleness of mind, and yet, "Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." {SpM 89.5}

"And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him...." Heb. 5:9

"I do not know that we are told anywhere in the Bible to try to do anything. 'We must try to do the best. We can,' is a very common expression; but I remember many years ago, after a remark of that kind, looking carefully through the New Testament to see under what circumstances the disciples were told to try to do anything. I did not expect to find many instances, but I was surprised not to find any. Then I went through the Old Testament, very carefully, and I could not find that the Lord had ever told Old Testament believers to try to do anything. There were many commands that appeared impossible to obey, but they were all definite commands; and I think we all need to set ourselves, not to try to obey our Lord as far as we can, but simply to obey Him."—Hudson Taylor

"And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word." Acts 4:29

"If you are not ready for martyrdom, it is a question whether you are redy for missions…. It is men and women of martyr spirit, who will welcome even death, if it be a more eloquent testimony for Jesus Christ, whom God can use mightily in all the ends of the earth.”—A. T. Pierson at a student missionary conference in 1896.

"And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me." Gen. 22:12

"I said to my beloved wife a long time ago, 'We have seven children; shall we not give them all to God? We will not murmur, but rejoice, if He plants them in the midst of the foreign field.' Within three weeks my daughter wrote to me, 'I have been strangely moved to go to the mission-field, may I have your consent?' 'Certainly,' I said. My second daughter wrote, 'My heart has been stirred of late to go to the foreign field! May I go?' We both said, 'Certainly you may.' One of them has been in Japan eight years with her husband, and she has four beloved children dedicated to missionary work, and the spirit of God has already been manifested in their hearts. My second daughter is labouring among the North American Indians, and I hope we shall live to see every one of the seven planted in the midst of the foreign field, doing God's work. My friends, have you any children by whose cradles you will sit to-night? Will you not say, 'Blessed Lord, here is my darling; take this boy or this girl for publishing Thy Word in the field, where Thou art unknown'? Pierson Student Missionary Conference 1896

"I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also." Rom. 1:14,15

" If only for your own sakes, dear friends, the missionary spirit should be eagerly cultivated. There is the very closest connection between it and a vigorous spiritual life, whether in the individual or in the community. Constant and earnest prayer for the coming of the kingdom of God will draw your own hearts nearer to Him. Larger gifts of time and wealth to extend that kingdom will mean for you a richer baptism of the Spirit of Christ. The consecration of some of your own loved ones to the blessed service would result in the quickening and perfecting of the spiritual powers and graces of those who remained at home. This has been the experience of every age and land. The crown of leadership passed in early days from Jerusalem to Antioch, because the latter city became the centre of missionary enthusiasm and service. The name of St. Paul shines more brightly in the records of the past than that of St. James, and it is in the pages of the great missionary apostle and in those of St. John, whose life-work was done in heathen Ephesus, that we find to-day our highest ideal of Christian character and most helpful guidance in Christian life."

"And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?" Matthew 9:11

"The Christian is just a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God." (M'Cheyne) The great need of the Christian Church today is not, as some suggest, a restatement of our creed, nor a new approach in the field of evangelism; but a practical exhibition of godly living."—Duncan Campbell

"The bedrock of a God honouring Christian experience is passionate, personal devotion to Jesus Christ, and that devotion expressed in the sacrificial giving up of myself."—Duncan Campbell

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ." Php. 2:5

"The reason so many fail to have success is that they trust in themselves altogether too much, and do not feel the positive necessity of abiding in Christ, as they go forth to seek and save that which is lost. Until they have the mind of Christ, and teach the truth as it is in Jesus, they will not accomplish much." EGW, Special Testimonies to Mnisters, No. 2, July 15, 1892

"The Love of Christ constrains me." 2 Cor. 5:14

"The love of Christ to me-to me personally-constrains me to live to Him and for Him. He died for me; my life is His. He suffered for me; I will suffer for Him. He lives for me; I will live for Him. I will work for His sake; I will give for His sake; I will endure for His sake. There is nothing I would not do to please Him. He is my Lord and my Saviour. He loved me and gave Himself for me. I owe Him an infinite debt, a debt which is always due, and which I can never pay off. All I can do is to lay myself on the altar, and say: Lord Jesus take me, take me as I am, and use me as Thou wilt. This is a grand motive-the love of Christ to us, to each one of us personally."—Griffith John

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...." Matt. 28:19

"...To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’" Acts 26:18

The Master is going to send you back to your universities and colleges with a distinct mission. You are to turn men from darkness to light—not to try to do it. You are to deliver men from the power of Satan unto the power of God. You go back to do it; not to try to do it—not hoping that somebody may be benefited by your efforts. Go definitely to do it, in the power of the Lord, and expecting to see it done. There will be a glorious gathering here next year if you do.... There will be something worth hearing if we go from this convention determined that in our homes, our colleges, and universities—wherever we go—we are going just to fulfill this commission that the Lord gave to His servants long ago, and gives to each one of us now. —Hudson Taylor (he was speaking at a convention of young adults at Northfield, MA in 1888)

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts. 1:8

“In regard to our foreign mission, we are at present in need of almost everything. We are greatly in need of money, and we are sorely in need of missionaries; but what we want most is Life and an increase of spiritual power… Money will flow in streams to God’s treasury, and men will offer themselves in companies, and our missionary enterprise will expand into missions worthy of the name, when the enthusiasm of Christ, the fire of the Holy Ghost, possesses the Church - never till then.” – Rev. Archd Scott, The Church of Scotland Home & Foreign Missionary Record

"They were all filled with the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:4

"A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. We must have the holy unction from God, the baptism of his Spirit. This is the only efficient agent in the promulgation of sacred truth. It is the Spirit of God that quickens the lifeless faculties of the soul to appreciate heavenly things, and attracts the affections toward God and the truth. What we need, what we cannot do without, is the power of the Holy Spirit to work with our efforts. All pampering of self must be at an end. There is a weakness of intellect, a lack of religious fervor, in those who want to lean upon others, to be petted, waited on, and propped up. There must be an earnest longing, a soul-hunger, for the presence of the Lord. Make him your support, your front guard and your rearward. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled." He who has endowed the human mind with all its powers, will so mould these capabilities that there will be no extremes; all will act harmoniously." Home Missionary, November 1, 1890

"Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” John 21:18

"‘Lord, send me where Thou wilt, only go with me: lay on me what Thou wilt, only sustain me; cut any cord but the one which binds to Thy cause, to Thy heart.” Titus Coan

"And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.'” Acts 16:9

The real difficulty with the outsider begins at the church door. When the four men of Capernaum got the man sick of the palsy to the house where Christ was, they found the way blocked with the crowd. Some church doors are blocked against the outsider, even where there is no crowd. The church that really wants the outsider gets him, and the church that has not got him does not want him. That is the plain English of the situation. The church that is not prepared to welcome the man it invites had better go on with its pious prosing and let the outsider alone. That outsiders flock to religious services outside churches proves clearly that their objection is not against Christianity, but against the church.”—Samuel Chadwick (Read the rest of his sermon on reaching outsiders)

"Ye shall be witnesses unto me … unto the uttermost parts of the earth." Acts 1:8

"Men are questioning now as they never have questioned before, whether Christianity is, indeed, the true religion, which is to be the salvation of the world. Christian men, it is for us to give our bit of answer to that question. It is for us, in whom the Christian church is at this moment partially embodied, to declare that Christianity, that the Christian faith, that Christian manhood can do that for the world which the world needs. You say, “What can I do?” You can furnish one Christian life. You can furnish a life so faithful to every duty, so ready for every service, so determined not to commit any sin, that the great Christian church shall be the stronger for your living in it, and the problem of the world be answered, and a certain great peace come into this poor, perplexed phase of our humanity as it sees that new revelation of what Christianity is." —Brooks

"Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him." Mark 8:30

"Our Lord never sounded His own trumpet before Him, nor would He allow those whom He healed to sound a trumpet in His stead. He depended upon His works to bear testimony, and those works were sufficiently vocal. Let a blind man get sight, a leper be cleansed, a lame man walk, and a dead man rise, and such facts cannot be hid. But the testimony of such works is never too loudly voiced, never exceeds proper limits, never runs riot in wild enthusiasm, never leads men to glorify the servant at the expense of the Master. And so we find that even when our Lord suppressed this testimony of men, His works constrained the people to say, "We have seen strange things to-day," and they gave glory to God."—A.T. Pierson, Jesus the Ideal Evangelist

"I am doctoring a little homeless lad's head here. I put on ointment all over it to-day. He cried. I said I had medicine that would stop the pain, and brought out six cash—one farthing—and told him to go and have a bowl of buckwheat meal strings. All laughed, he stopped crying, and did not seem to feel the pain after that. Most of the people in the town are much impressed with the improvement in the boy's head. Before he came to me I saw a Chinese medicine-man poking at the lad's head with a straw. When he came I rubbed on ointment with my finger. The bystanders were much pleased to see I was not averse to touching the poor dirty lad's sore head. Jesus touched a leper, and I like to do things like what Jesus would do. That is the right way, boys. Always think what Jesus would have done, and do like Him."—James Gilmour (Missionary to Mongolia)

 "Our prayers for the evangelization of the world are but a bitter irony so long as we only give of our superfluity and draw bck before the sacrifice of ourselves." M. Coillard

"Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest." Isa. 32:15

“If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is un-obeyed, until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of God. There is little right giving because there is little right living, and because of the lack of sympathetic contact with God in holiness of heart, there is a lack of effectual contact with him at the Throne of Grace. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found together, and a low standard in one means a general debility in the whole spiritual being.” Arthur T. Pierson

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."

"Young evangelists ask God for the conversion of many souls. They go on praying and preaching, but do not get the answers. It may be that they are not prepared for the blessing. If their petitions were granted, it might be an injury to their souls. Therefore He waits till they are prepared to receive the blessing." George Müller

"He humbled Himself, taking the form of a servant...." Phil 2:8

"He chose the lowest place as the place best adapted to accomplish His purpose. In like manner we learn from the passage which heads this paper, and from other similar passages, that in order to enrich us, poor bankrupts, He intelligently and cheerfully emptied Himself of all His riches; and this He did, not by distributing them among us, but by leaving them behind — as neither needed nor suited to effect His purpose." Read Spiritual Sciences by Hudson Taylor

"“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt. 4:19

"The great fact is that life is service. The only question is, "Whom will we serve?"— Faber

"Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." Acts 6:3,4

"Prayer had a very prominent place in the early Chruch, not only as a means of promoting spiritual life, but also as a force to be used on behalf of the work of evangelization. The mighty display of power at Pentecost was ushered in by prayer. Workers were appointed only after prayer. When they were to be sent forth the Church assembled for special prayer. The great foreign mission movement was inaugurated in prayer. If persecution came, the Christains met ot pray. One of the two reasons for choosing deacons was that the Apostles—the leaders of the Church—might give themselves to prayer. The more carefully the subject is studied, the more apparent it becomes that what was accomplished in the Apostolic Age was largely due to the constant employment of the hidden and omnipotent force of prayer.” John Mott, Evangelization of the World in this Generation, p. 74.

"Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men." Matt. 4:19

"The pervading purpose of the Christian Church and of every other agency concerned with the spread of the Kingdom of God should be that of leading people to commit their lives to Christ as their Saviour and Lord. The most fruitful method of achieving this high end is leading individuals one by one to take Christ intelligently and with conviction as their Lord. The most solemn responsibility which rests upon each Christian, and also his highest privilege and deepest joy, is that of influencing people to accept, to represent, and to serve Jesus Christ." John Mott, Individual Work for Individuals

"Be ye clean..." Isa. 52:11

"God (has) messengers that He would use in His cause, but they (are) not ready. They (are) too light and trifling to exert a good influence over the flock and (do) not feel the weight of the cause and the worth of souls as God's messengers must feel in order to effect good. Said the angel, "Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord." They can accomplish but little good unless they are wholly given up to God and feel the importance and solemnity of the last message of mercy." Early Writings, p. 62

"I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.” Ps. 40:8

"The plain truth is that the Scriptures never teach us to wait for opportunities for service but to exhort and to serve us to serve in the things that lie at hand.  The Lord bids us to work, watch and pray, but Satan suggests wait until a good opportunity for working, watching and praying presents itself.  Needless to say this opportunity is always in the future.  Since the thing that lay in our own immediate path have been ordered by God, who shall say that one kind of work is more important and sacred than another..... If God has chosen it for us, hadn't we better go straight ahead and do it without waiting for anything greater, better, or nobler?" James Fraser, Behind the Ranges

"I became all things to all men that I might by all means save some." I Cor. 9:22

"If we believe men and women ARE lost, we shall not require much to convince us of the need, and if we understand the need, we shall surely lay ourselves out to use such means as will save them." E. Last, Hand-Gathereed Fruit, p. 2

"I have filled the bow with Ephraim." Zech 9:13

"When God uses you He just makes you an arrow--fills His bow with you."

"If God sends us to do anything for Him we have power, whether we know it or not."

"The Lord never asks us to go where He Himself is not going." Andrew Bonar Heavenly Springs

"If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto myself." John 12:32

A good witness isn't like a salesman, emphasis is on a person rather than a product. A good witness is like a signpost. It doesn't matter whether it is old, young, pretty, ugly; it has to point the right direction and be able to be understood. We are witnesses to Christ, we point to him." John White

"I began to find it sweet to pray; and could think of undergoing the greatest sufferings in the cause of Christ, with pleasure; and found myself willing, if God should so order it, to suffer banishment from my native land, among the heathen, that I might do something for their salvation, in distresses and deaths of any kind. Then God gave me to wrestle earnestly for others, for the kingdom of Christ in the world, and for dear Christian friends. I felt weaned from the world, and from my own reputation amongst men, willing to be despised, and to be a gazing stock for the world to behold." David Brainerd

We must never forget how hard it is to remove long-cherished errors from the minds of men, which have been taught from childhood. We must bear in mind that earth is not heaven, and that there will be discouragements to meet and to overcome, but forbearance and tenderness and pity should be exercised toward all who are in darkness. If we bring them to see the light, it will not be solely by arguments, it must be by the work of the grace of Christ on your own hearts, revealed in your own characters with firmness, yet with the meekness and simplicity of Christ. Through much prayer you must labor for souls, for this is the only method by which you can reach hearts. It is not your work, but the work of Christ who is by your side, that impresses hearts. . . .  Evangelism, p. 341


Heavenly intelligences are waiting to cooperate with human instrumentalities, that the world may see what human beings may become through a union with the divine. Those who consecrate body, soul, and spirit to God's service will constantly receive a new endowment of physical, mental, and spiritual power. The inexhaustible supplies of heaven are at their command. Christ gives them the life of His life. The Holy Spirit puts forth its highest energies to work in mind and heart. Through the grace given us we may achieve victories which, because of our defects of character and the smallness of our faith, may have seemed to us impossible. To every one who offers himself to the Lord for service, withholding nothing, is given power for the attainment of measureless results.Heavenly Places, p. 62

"Dr. J. G. K. McClure tells of an invalid woman residing in Springfield, Illinois, who had been bedridden for seventeen years, and was almost helpless. For many years, she had been praying to God in a general way to save souls. One day, she asked for pen and paper. She wrote down the names of fifty-seven acquaintances. She prayed for each of them by name three times a day. She wrote them letters of her interest in them. She also wrote to Christian friends in whom she knew these person had confidence, and urged them to speak to these persons about their soul’s welfare, and do their best to persuade them to repent and believe. She had unquestioning faith in God. In her humble, earnest dependence upon Him, she thus interceded for the unsaved. In time, every one of these fifty-seven person avowed faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour.” Matilda Andross, Alone with God, p. 100

"Jesus said of His disciples, "And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."

"That love wherewith the infinite God loved His Son is to be conveyed to fallen man who believes in Jesus Christ. He transfuses this love through those who believe. As our life-blood, so is the circulating vitality of that love diffused through every part of our nature, that it may dwell in us as it does in Him. Wonderful statement! That it is possible for God to love us as He loves Christ. He loves the believing soul because he is a part of Christ, a partaker of the divine nature." Testimonies to Southern Africa, p. 38.

"The harvest of souls is to be secured only by deep, heart-felt intercession with the Lord of the harvest." Review and Herald, June 26, 1888

"The Lord will not bless you in bringing souls to the truth, clearing your way, giving access to many hearts, unless you have made it manifest that you are reaching the standard of character set before you in the gospel. You may be satisfied with your own life and religious growth, but is there growth in the mind and in the image of Christ? You should ask yourself, Am I growing?" TSA 33

The world is not to be condemned until after they have the light. We must tell them the simple story of conversion. The people are to be pitied, and we want to soften them so that the Spirit of the Lord can mold them. They have been receiving false ideas. If we come close to them, and show them the love of Christ, we can do much more for them. . . .  5 Manuscript Releases, p. 68


2 Cor. 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."

God works with those who properly represent His character. Through them His will is done on earth as it is done in heaven. Holiness leads its possessor to be fruitful, abounding in every good work. He who has the mind that was in Christ never becomes weary in well-doing. Instead of expecting promotion in this life, he looks forward to the time when the Majesty of heaven shall exalt the sanctified ones to His throne, saying unto them "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Signs of the Times, September 3, 1902

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14

I believe that far more is done for Christ’s kingdom by the holy living of believers than we are at all aware of. There is a reality about such living which makes men feel, and obliges them to think. It carries a weight and influence with it which nothing else can give. It makes religion beautiful, and draws men to consider it, like a lighthouse seen afar off. The day of judgment will prove that many besides husbands have been won “without the word” by a holy life, (1 Pet. iii. 1.) You may talk to persons about the doctrines of the Gospels, and few will listen, and still fewer understand. But your life is an argument that none can escape. There is a meaning about holiness which not even the most unlearned can help taking in. They may not understand justificationfication, but they can understand charity. I believe there is far more harm done by unholy and inconsistent Christians than we are aware of. Such men are among Satan’s best allies. They pull down by their lives what ministers build with their lips. They cause the chariot wheels of the Gospel to drive heavily. They supply the children of this world with a never ending excuse for remaining as they are.—”I cannot see the use of so much religion,” said an irreligious tradesman not long ago; “I observe that some of my customers are always talking about the Gospel, and faith, and election, and the blessed promises, and so forth; and yet these very people think nothing of cheating me of pence and half-pence, when they have an opportunity. Now, if religious persons can do such things, I do not see what good there is in religion.”—I grieve to be obliged to write such things, but I fear that Christ’s name is too often blasphemed because of the lives of Christians. Let us take heed lest the blood of souls should be required at our hands." J. C. Ryle, Holiness, p. 42,43

“I never see a new church edifice erected, and dedicated to God’s service, without thinking how glorious a thing it would be if a new congregation could be formed on a truly Christian model; not chiefly in regard to its form of ecclesiastical polity, or to a faultless creed, or to the external seemliness of its devotions—things by no means unworthy of attention, or destitute of considerable influence on religious prosperity—but in the far higher regards of the deep piety of its members, and the entireness of their devotion to Christ’s kingdom and glory. I have long since nearly despaired of seeing such a church in this dark world; yet I can see no insuperable obstacle, moral or physical, to its existence, and I am wholly sure that its example and splendid successes would usher in a new era. A band of a hundred, or fifty, or even of ten living Christians, strong in mutual affections and confidence, and entire in their devotedness to Christ and to the salvation of souls, would, I am confident, wield an amount of religious influence immeasurably greater than is usually exerted by our largest and most flourishing churches.” Stephen Olin, The Works of Stephen Olin

“It is only through the surrendered life that God can work. God cannot use you in any special way if you are holding back part of your life from Him. If there is one little chamber of which you hold the key, and into which God has not fully entered, he cannot greatly use you. Your intellectuality may be great, your genius may be superb, your social standing may be beyond question. But God does not use people for these reasons. God uses them when he has all there is of them, and ONLY then.” Chapman, Power

Consider six or eight hours a day sacred to the Lord and His work, and let nothing hinder your giving this time (to language study and practice) till you can preach fluently and intelligibly." Hudson Taylor of the China Inland Mission, to a new missionary joining him.

“He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

The teacher who would bring his students under discipline must himself first come under the control of Christ. Jesus has said, “He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” With divine enlightenment you can work as Christ worked; for His light may shine through you upon the pathway of every impenitent transgressor with whom you are associated. Are you indeed an instructor in the ways of God? If you are a converted teacher, you will be able to win, not drive, to attract, not repulse, the souls for whom Christ has died. You will guard and care for the sheep and lambs of Christ’s fold. If they stray, you will not leave them to perish, but will go forth to seek and to save that which is lost. All heaven will be ready to aid you in this good work. The angels will aid you in your effort to find the key to the heart of the most incorrigible and unruly. You will receive special grace and strength through Christ, who is able to supply you from His immeasurable fullness. You will then be quailified to be a laborer together with God, one with Christ in your effort to save the lost, and the result of your labor of love will be seen not only in time, but through all eternity.—TSS 80-82.

"Our confession of His faithfulness is Heaven's chosen agency for revealing Christ to the world. We are to acknowledge His grace as made known through the holy men of old; but that which will be most effectual is the testimony of our own experience. We are witnesses for God as we reveal in ourselves the working of a power that is divine. Every individual has a life distinct from all others, and an experience differing essentially from theirs. God desires that our praise shall ascend to Him, marked by our own individuality. These precious acknowledgments to the praise of the glory of His grace, when supported by a Christ-like life, have an irresistible power that works for the salvation of souls." Desire of Ages, p. 347

I believe Paul’s method is still the preferred way to begin witnessing to many people in our day. We not only live in a postmodern world, we live in what is increasingly also becoming a post-Christian world. But post-Christian IS NOT post-spiritual; in fact people are VERY spiritual in our day--there is a great and growing hunger for a spiritually-fulfilling experience. And, as many are looking to a personally authenticated experience to find a higher being, sharing our own experience with God, in loving and authentic ways, will be a witness they can understand, and which they can neither gainsay nor refuse." Dan Augsburger (find the rest of this post in the Christian Witnessing Works section)


Lord, speak to me that I may speak
In living echoes of Thy tone;
As Thou has sought, so let me seek
Thine erring children lost and lone.

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.

O strengthen me, that while I stand
Firm on the rock, and strong in Thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
To wrestlers with the troubled sea.

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious things Thou dost impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.

O give Thine own sweet rest to me,
That I may speak with soothing power
A word in season, as from Thee,
To weary ones in needful hour.

O fill me with Thy fullness, Lord,
Until my very heart overflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.

O use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until Thy blessèd face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.
—Francis Havergal

The command to go “is a personal, individual command to every child of God to go into his own personal world and do soul-winning witnessing to every creature…. We are never told to ‘either go or send.’ It is God’s prerogative to send; not ours. We are commanded to do one thing only, and that is to GO. And that is a command that cannot be obeyed by proxy; it can be obeyed only in person.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, (NY, Evanston: Harper & Row, 1922) p. x

“While the Great Commission is sufficient authority for every-member-evangelism, it is not and cannot become sufficient motive. We may be authorized, and urged, and commanded to take the Gospel in person to the lost, but the power to go does not lie in a command; it lies in a Person.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. xi

“It is not we who win the lost by the help of Christ, it is Christ himself who does the soul-winning through the lives and lips of yielded disciples. And so it is not so much a question either of equipment or lack of it, as it is a question of his absolute possession and control, by the Holy Spirit, of whatever equipment we may have.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. xi

“We are to discover that every Christian without exception, is to do this work; then we are to learn that no Christian, no matter what his capacity and training, can possibly do it; then we are to find that he whose commands are always his enablings is the only one who can do it, and that he will and does do it through every yielded disciple…” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. xii

“It was the private witnessing of all the disciples, reaching its climax and culmination in the public witnessing of one disciple, that brought the results of that day. In other words, Peter’s sermon was the climax of that which had preceded; and if the private witnessing had not preceded the public witnessing, there is not the least likelihood that any such results would have followed.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 14

“All over the land to-day there are churches that are practically powerless and fruitless because they are giving themselves over to multiplied forms of service which are not a direct appeal to the lost to receive Christ. The church that makes that appeal its one great business is always prosperous and powerful, and its growth is both certain in numbers and symmetrical in spiritual character.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 22

“Pastors and evangelists are not appointed to be the professional soul-winners of the Church, but ‘for the perfecting of God’s people in their appointed service’ of witnessing and soul-winning.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 22

“The main business of the pastor is not the preparation and delivery of sermons and addresses so much as the development, whether by sermon or by any other method, of every member in his church into a soul-winner. His sermons--at least those to Christians--ought always to have this in view.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 24

“The Lord has given every pastor to his Church that he may train the members in soul-winning , even to the point of going right out on to the field with them and doing it by their side, or helping them to do it until they learn how, using the skilled ones in turn to help train beginners, until there is a church full of skilled and successful soul-winners.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 25

“No one can ever learn how to win the lost by studying books or listening to sermons and to addresses…. He can learn how only by going out into the field and doing it.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 25

“The Church is set in the world to win the lost to Christ. Anything that will open the way for more effective witnessing to Christ is, therefore not out of harmony with the mission of the Church…. The moment it descends to a mere sympathetic and humanitarian relief of human need, with no reference to direct soul-wining work, it ceases to be a proper activity of the Church as such. J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. A

“’The poor always ye have with you’ (John 13:8), said Christ when he was on earth, and he himself had great compassion for the sick and afflicted. But you will notice that he only began at the blind man’s eyes, the lame man’s feet, and the deaf man’s ears, and that then he kept on going, until he got to their sin and gave them forgiveness.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 28

When we begin to go in obedience to the divine command and in the fullness of the divine power, then the lost of the world will begin to come. We can never expect the world to come to us for the message; we must go to them with the message.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 31

“We cannot build a finely appointed spiritual finishing station on a prominent corner, and then expect the fish to come hurrying in from everywhere to be caught, even when we put on a special finishing campaign. If we are to catch men for Christ we must go where they are.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 32

“The Lord never commanded us to pray for a harvest! But why not? Because the harvest is always white and ready to be gathered. But he did command us to pray for harvesters. The supreme and crying need is for harvesters to go out into the field after the harvest, for the harvest will never come in out of the field to be gathered.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 33

Once let a Christian become obedient and go with the Gospel into his own world, and he will be on fire with enthusiasm to co-operate, financially and in every other way, with those who need help to go into their personal worlds.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 34

“We are authorized, not to say commanded, to divide the field in which we are located, and into which we are to go with our testimony, into such districts as will enable us systematically to cover the whole field with our message.” J.E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism, p. 36

“Preaching will not do the work that needs to be done. Angels of God attend you to the dwellings of those you visit. This work cannot be done by proxy. Money lent or given will not accomplish it. Sermons will not do it. By visiting the people, talking, praying, sympathizing with them, you will win hearts. This is the highest missionary work that you can do. To do it, you will need resolute, persevering faith, unwearying patience, and a deep love for souls.” E. White, Vol. 9 Testimonies, p. 41

Too many are waiting for a wealth of knowledge they will never realize until they go out and share the pittance they have. ‘He who begins with a little knowledge, in a humble way, and tells what he knows, while seeking diligently for further knowledge, will find the whole heavenly treasure awaiting his demand. The more he seeks to impart light, the more light he will receivee. The more one tries to explain the Word of God to others, with a love for souls, the plainer it becomes to himself.” E. White, Christ Object Lessons, p. 354

“Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me.” E. White, Ministry of Healing, p. 143

"If ye know these things blessed are ye if ye do them." John 13:17

"It is not the sweep of service but the act of serving which brings the soul-growth. Steady, persistent service seemingly of the most trifling kind will be pasture to your soul, and bring growth to your life. Aim to be faithful in your sphere. Leave to God the expansion of that sphere. To teach the class, visit the sick, comfort the sorrowing, cheer the downcast, minister on all sides in the little things which come daily to your willing hands - all this sort of going out will feed your inner life, and steadily advance you in Christian growth. “If ye know these things blessed are ye if ye do them.” It is the doing of little things rather than in the dreaming of great ones that we find pasture and most perfectly fulfill the conditions of growth." James McConkey Going In To God and Out To Men

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

“When a crisis comes in the life of any soul, and you attempt to give counsel or admonition, your words will have only the weight of influence for good that your own example and spirit have gained for you. You must be good before you can do good. You cannot exert an influence that will transform others until your own heart has been humbled and refined and made tender by the grace of Christ. When this change has been wrought in you, it will be as natural for you to live to bless others as it is for the rosebush to yield its fragrant bloom. He whose heart is filled with the grace of God and love for his perishing fellow men will find opportunity, wherever he may be placed, to speak a word in season to those who are weary.” E. White Amazing Grace p. 127

What command could be more imperative and explicit than that which the risen Christ gave to His disciples: “Tarry ye until ye are endued with power from on high”? They dare not go forth to their work without this power. To have done so would have been to court defeat and to expose themselves to ridicule. When they were thus equipped they reached the maximum of their usefulness, men and women were saved by thousands, and the kingdom of Christ advanced by leaps and bounds. Then the Church formed an alliance with the world; she laid her head in the lap of Delilah, and being shorn of her true strength, began making frantic efforts to do her work without the all-essential credentials. Those credentials are the possession of power over all the power of the enemy; and we vainly imagine that abiding work can be done in our pulpits, Sabbath schools, mission halls, or in any other direction, by activity minus the power of the Holy Spirit. Sooner or later we shall awake to the fact that the Lord is a God of method, and that blessed are all they that wait for Him.

"These are days of marvelous religious activity but think of the disproportion between activity and achievement! Are there not multitudes of Christian workers who have grown so accustomed to failure that they have almost ceased to expect success? Surely, with so much preaching and teaching, with so much Bible circulation and tract distribution, we ought not only to be holding our ground, but to be making inroads upon the kingdom of darkness. Yet we are not nearly keeping pace with the increasing population of the world, and today there are more millions sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death than ever there were.

One explanation of the fact that results are so often scanty and meager, or not real and abiding, lies here, the initial step to fruitful service has not been taken. Either through ignorance or unwillingness, the vast majority of those who profess to be fellow-workers with God in the regeneration of the world have never definitely hated and renounced the self-life, and it is because they are so much alive to self that they are so little alive to God.

Many, in their eagerness to succeed, are continually crying to God for the gift of spiritual power. But God cannot fulfill their desire, for He is a jealous God, and will not give His glory to another; and to trust men and women with spiritual power who are full of self-assertion would only be to feed their vanity and promote their self-idolization and love of self-display." J. Gregory Mantle Beyond Humiliation

But there is something about deepest humility which makes men bold. For utter obedience is self-forgetful obedience. No longer do we hesitate and shuffle and apologize. . . . But self-renunciation means God-possession, the being possessed by God. Out of utter humility and self-forgetfulness comes the thunder of the prophets: "Thus saith the Lord."—Thomas Kelly in A Testament of Devotion.

"Power is given to us through the gift of the Divine Spirit. The very name of that Spirit is 'the Spirit of Might.' Christ spoke to us about being 'endued with power from on high.' The last of His promises that dropped from His lips upon earth was the promise that His followers should receive the power of the Spirit coming upon them. Wheresoever in the early histories we read of a man who was full of the Holy Ghost, we read that he was 'full of power.' It is power for service. 'Tarry ye in Jerusalem till ye be endued with power from on high.' There is no such force for the spreading of Christ's Kingdom and the witness-bearing work of His Church, as the possession of this Divine Spirit. Plunged into that fiery baptism, the selfishness and the sloth which stand in the way of so many of us, are all consumed and annihilated, and we are set free for service because the bonds that bound us are burnt up in the merciful furnace of His fiery power. 'Ye shall be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man'—a power that will fill and flood all your nature, if you will let it, and make you strong to suffer, strong to combat, strong to serve, and to witness for your Lord." Alexander MacLaren, quoted in PPower From On High by John Greenfield

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

"How often do we attempt work for God to the limit of our incompetency rather than to the limit of God's omnipotency." Hudson Taylor

"I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God." Acts 20:27

"It is probable that God lets every human being who crosses our path do so in order that we may have the opportunity of leaving some blessing and dropping into his heart and life some influence that will draw him nearer to God. It would be good, indeed, if ultimately we could say concerning every person whom we have ever touched in the path of life, I am pure from the blood of all men (Acts 20:26). Is it really so? What about the person who sat beside us on the train? The laborer who works for us or with us? Above all, the members of our households and families? Have we done our best to lead them to Christ? The early Christians regarded every situation as an opportunity to witness for Christ. Even when brought before kings and governors, it never occurred to them that they were to try to get free. Rather, the Master's message to them was It shall turn to you for a testimony (Luke 21:13). It was simply an occasion to preach to kings and rulers whom otherwise they could not reach." A. B. Simpson

Many of us think that we are at least a little something, but as long as we think so we are not in the place of power for service. We are nothing, and we have nothing to exhibit to the world. And even if we had, the world would not be interested in seeing it, for they are saying, not, "Show us what you have," but, "Show us the Father, and it sufficeth us." J. E. Conant Every Member Evangelism

“The longing of my heart would be to go around the world once before I die, and preach one gospel invitation in the ear of every creature.”

“Many, I fear, would like glory, who have no wish for grace. They would fain have the wages, but not the work; the harvest, but not the labour; the reaping, but not the sowing; the reward, but not the battle. But it may not be. As Bunyan says, ‘the bitter must go before the sweet.’ If there is no cross, there will be no crown.” J. C. Ryle, Holiness, p. 145

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