Best 666 of Discipleship quotes - MyQuotes
N. T. Wright
Christian spirituality combines a sense of the awe and majesty of God with a sense of His intimate presence.
pessimists see people as liabilities to manage, as burdens or threats that we must minimize.
For a long time, I thought I was good at relationships because I was charming.
God does not discipline us to subdue us but to condition us for a life of usefulness and blessedness. In His wisdom, He knows that an uncontrolled life is an unhappy life, so He puts reins on our wayward souls that they may be directed into the paths of righteousness.
Are you following Christ's ambitions for your life or expecting Him to help you reach yours?
watch out for schools that promise your kids will "experience success." I'm teaching Plato's Dialogues these days, and I noticed that Socrates never let his students experience success. Socrates won the argument every time.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
When God does not answer His children according to the letter, He does so according to the spirit. If thou askest for coarse meal, wilt thou be angered because He gives thee the finest flour? If thou seekest bodily health, shouldst thou complain if instead thereof He makes thy sickness turn to the healing of spiritual maladies?
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
This child-like spirit soon perceives the grandeur of the Father "in heaven," and ascends to devout adoration, "Hallowed be Thy name." The child lisping, "Abba, Father," grows into the cherub crying, "Holy, Holy, Holy.
The only way your child will grow out of their dependency into self-sufficient adults is for you to essentially abandon your own independence for 20 years or so.
Our minds must be set always to seek the will of the Lord. Following the progressive discipline revealed through the Bible will result in a walk of obedience to God.
You must teach me the way you thrust your worries aside and turn to practical matters.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He may be rich to-day and poor to-morrow; he may be sickly to-day and well to-morrow; he may be in happiness to-day, to-morrow he may be distressed-but there is no change with regard to his relationship to God. If He loved me yesterday, He loves me to-day.
Standing on the shoulders of the great allows you to see further than everyone.
Correction badly undertaken creates distance.
As you call people to submit to the Person of Christ, you can trust the Spirit of Christ to lead them to salvation.
In the face of Jesus’ dogged steadfastness, how could we but offer him our own loyal allegiance? As we have seen, our decision to serve Jesus should be made not in order to earn Jesus’ grace but as a response to it. He who has given so much for us can rightly call us to lay down our lives for him. Recognizing that we will continue to stumble and fall short of his impeccable standard, we nonetheless strain onward out of gratitude for his mercy and kindness to us. Why do we serve the poor or preach the Gospel? Why do we continue with the otherwise foolish work of peace-making or justice-seeking? Not out of some neurotic fear of losing God’s favor but precisely because we have tasted that favor and would do anything for the one who died to win it for us.
Richard J. Foster
Cause every task of your day to be a sacred ministry to the Lord. however mundane your duties, for you they are a sacrament.
True knowledge of God is born out of obedience.
No heart is as whole as a broken heart, and no faith is as solid as a wounded faith." Elie Wiesel
A good therapy helps you develop a sense of irony about your life so that when you start to repeat old and unhelpful patterns, something within you says, "There you go again; let's call this to a halt. You can do something different." Often the first step toward doing something different is developing the capacity to not act, to stay still and reflect.
Richard J. Foster
Freedom from anxiety is characterized by three inner attitudes. If what we have we received as a gift, and if what we have is to be cared for by God, and if what we have is available to others, then we will possess freedom from anxiety.
we all want to be called servants until someone treats us like one.
Christians ought to have a different approach to business. As believers, we should view work as both service and a form of worship.
Church is not meant to be fun. It's meant to be formative.
The greatest gift a church can receive is to have a group of families who take their responsibilities with such Christian seriousness that they are willing to completely alter their lifestyle to raise up disciples for Jesus Christ.
What do we advertise about You by how we serve? Do we reflect the belief shown in Jesus’ parable that You are a hard master taking what isn’t Yours? Forgive us for even brief lapses into such churlishness. Or, do we reflect a joy in serving that radiates from an intimate and time-tested knowledge of the goodness of the One we serve? Paul and Daniel were confident of this sovereign goodness even when they were prisoners rather than courtiers, and we can likewise tap into a joy that defies circumstances. When this happens, the oft-disappointed world will notice and investigate. 11/02/2010 blog
Since we never get everything we want or need from our families, we look for sufficiency in surrogates.
George F. Will
Sex education in the modern manner has been well-described as plumbing for hedonists.
Despite the huge crowd, He speaks to His disciples as though no one else is there.
Howard G. Hendricks
My greatest fear is not your failure, but your success.
Howard G. Hendricks
When God measures a man he puts the tape around the heart, not the head.
Our wounds are the only thing humbling enough to break our attachment to our false self.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The author cites researcher David Howard's idea of post-traumatic growth. Howard contends that some individuals faced with a traumatic event actually develop new strength.
Eugene H. Peterson
We learn the language of prayer by immersing ourselves in the language that God uses to reveal Himself to us.
On Christ's attitude toward His disciples: "If I gave away My big all to get to you, can you give away your little all to follow Me?
The "show business," which is so incorporated into our view of Christian work today, has caused us to drift far from Our Lord's conception of discipleship. It is instilled in us to think that we have to do exceptional things for God; we have not. We have to be exceptional in ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, surrounded by sordid sinners. That is not learned in five minutes.
James K. A. Smith
We have created youth ministry that confuses extroversion with faithfulness. We have effectively communicated to young people that sincerely following Jesus is synonymous with being 'fired up' for Jesus, with being excited for Jesus, as if discipleship were synonymous with fostering an exuberant, perky, cheerful, hurray-for-Jesus disposition like what we might find in the glee club or at a pep rally.
The big idea here is not, have you sinned, but are you changing?
True leadership is caring about the people who don’t care about things you care about.
We've taken the lifeblood out of Christianity and put Kool-Aid in its place so that it tastes better to the crowds, and the consequences are catastrophic. ~Follow Me, pg. 7
Explaining a professor's emphasis on teaching over research: "She traded clinical questions with determinable answers for perennial questions with inexhaustible answers.
[Mary] says her memories Will help those of us Newly come to our Lord’s mercy, To live in His light.
A husband's work as provider will be so difficult that it can only be fulfilled in the power of the Spirit and a transformed life.
Battling busyness is a community response.
You don't realize your story is changing you until you look back.
She was too well-trained to panic.
There is never a time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now.
Well that’s too hard. I will continue on with what we got.” When we say of a biblical command, “I don’t THINK that will work,” what we have done is elevate our reason above God’s Word.
Expect progress, not perfection.
We are afraid of religion because it interprets rather than observance. Religion does not confirm that there are hungry people in the world; it interprets the hungry to be our brethren whom we allowed to starve.