These are a few of my favorite quotes on missions… with short commentary.
I’m no Calvinist, nor am I a proponent of TULIP, but I do believe these guys are onto something when it comes to the overarching purpose for church and mission… and for life in general:
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” – John Piper
Yes, I do realize the irony in my posting the following quote by William Carey:
Shortly before his death, William Carey said to a friend: “You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey’s savior.”
If only my last name were stud… not sure if I’d prefer Mr. Stud, Dr. Stud, or just Brett Stud (not that “Dr.” is even an option, but I might go back to school if I liked the name enough):
“Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a Rescue Shop within a yard of hell.” – C.T. Studd
Toward a more holistic view of mission (and kingdom in general):
“An individual gospel without a social gospel is a soul without a body, and a social gospel without an individual gospel is a body without a soul. One is a ghost and the other is a corpse.” – Eli Stanley Jones
Just the truth, plain and simple. It kind of stings, though (and I’m not saying such only towards those of us living in the US — I’m just as guilty here in rural Tanzania):
“Today Christians spend more money on dog food than missions.” – Leonard Ravenhill
I have a special affinity for Hudson Taylor, having lived and worked in China for three years. I’m not 100% on board with this next quote, but Carey definitely gives us something to consider as to the default stance on missionary calling:
“It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home.” – Hudson Taylor
Do any of these strike a cord? Do you have a favorite quote on missions?