and Mission Fueled by the Holy Spirit
Hearts - Evangelistic Feet
Inspired Words from
Spirit-filled Evangelists throughout the Ages
Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to
be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced
God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out
and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that
he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer
say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but rather that we are
always “missionary disciples”. If we are not convinced, let us look at
those first disciples, who, immediately after encountering the gaze of
Jesus, went forth to proclaim him joyfully: “We have found the Messiah!”
- Pope Francis
I have had the privilege of preaching the gospel
on every continent in most of the countries of the world. And I have found
that when I present the simple message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, with
authority, quoting from the very Word of God—he takes that message and
drives it supernaturally into the human heart.
- Billy Graham
“Go forth and set the world on fire”
– Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the missionary
Society of Jesus
The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions.
The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.
- Henry Martyn
There is not a better evangelist in the world
than the Holy Spirit.
- D.L. Moody
I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole
Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world
for my mission field.
- John Wesley
God, I pray Thee, light these sticks of my life
and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek
not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.
- Jim Elliot (1948)
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to
gain what he cannot lose.
- Jim Elliot (1949)
Expect great things from God. Attempt great thing
- William Carey
Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can,
to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you
can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can
- John Wesley
“Whoever wishes to be a soldier for God under
the standard of the cross and to serve the Lord alone… bear in mind that
he is part of a community founded principally for the advancement of souls
in the Christian life and doctrine and for the propagation of the faith
by the ministry of the word, by spiritual exercises, by works of charity,
and expressly by the instruction in Christianity of children and the uneducated.”
– from a document written in 1539 to explain
the mission of the Society of Jesus,
by Ignatius of Loyola, 1539
We should not ask, “What is wrong with the world?”
for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, “What
has happened to the salt and light?”
- John R. W. Stott
Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason
only: there is nobody to make them Christians. Again and again I have thought
of going round the universities of Europe, especially Paris, and everywhere
crying out like a madman, riveting the attention of those with more learning
than charity: “What a tragedy: how many souls are being shut out of heaven
and falling into hell, thanks to you! I wish they would work as hard at
this as they do at their books, and so settle their account with God for
their learning and the talents entrusted to them. This thought would certainly
stir most of them to meditate on spiritual realities, to listen actively
to what God is saying to them. They would forget their own desires, their
human affairs, and give themselves over entirely to God’s will and his
choice. They would cry out with all their heart: Lord, I am here! What
do you want me to do? Send me anywhere you like - even to India.”
– from a letter written in 1542 by Francis Xavier in India to Ignatius
Many of our brothers and sisters are ‘baptized,
but insufficiently evangelized.’ In a number of cases, nations once rich
in faith and in vocations are losing their identity under the influence
of a secularized culture. The need for a new evangelization… must be valiantly
reaffirmed, in the certainty that God’s word is effective.
- Benedict XVI
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest
- Jesus (Matthew 9:37).
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to
all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever
does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those
who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in
new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink
deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands
on sick people, and they will get well.”
- Jesus (Mark 16:15-18)
“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness
of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father
has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power
from on high.”
- Jesus (Luke 24:46-49)
”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit
comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- Jesus (Acts 1:8)
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached
in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end
- Jesus (Matthew 24:14)
I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks,
both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the
gospel also to you who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes:
first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
- Paul (Romans 1:14-16)
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced
that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that
those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died
for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly
point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no
longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The
old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us
to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s
sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal
through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
- Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 5:14-20)
Save others, snatching them out of the fire.
Here am I. Send me.