It is imperative, then, that we behold the Person of Jesus as revealed through every page of Scripture from beginning to end. What we discover about Him will orient our lives around His light like planets around the blazing sun; inevitably, revelation of who He is will lead us to make decisions that don’t make sense unless we will be raised from the dead.
Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 19-20.
[Alexander] Duff and his friends were provoked by men like William Cary, who’d sailed to the other side of the world to tell people who didn’t know about Jesus about Jesus. They dug into the Scriptures, read a bunch of missionary biographies, prayed together, ate together, and wrestled through it all together. Many of them concluded the burden of responsibility for stewarding the Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom fell upon them simply because they were members and ambassadors of the Kingdom. None felt called to preach or pioneer. They just couldn’t shake the testimony of the Word of God that Jesus was worth it and the unreached deserve it.
Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 10.
It is not our work to make men believe; that is the work of the Holy Spirit.
D. L. Moody, How to Study the Bible: Updated Edition, page 13
We take good care of this earthly body that we only have for a short time. We feed it three times a day, and we clothe it, and we dress it, and soon it is going into the grave to rot; but the inner man that is to live on and on forever is weak and starved.
D. L. Moody, How to Study the Bible: Updated Edition, pages 9-10
I never saw a fruit-bearing Christian who was not a student of the Bible. If a man neglects his Bible, he may pray and ask God to use him in His work, but God cannot use him, for there is not much for the Holy Spirit to work upon. We must have the Word itself, which is sharper than any two-edged sword.
D. L. Moody, How to Study the Bible: Updated Edition, pages 2-3.
If we feed on the Word of God, it will be easy to speak to others about the Word of God; and not only that, but we will also be growing in grace the entire time, and others will notice the change in our walk and conversation. So few Christians grow, because so few study.
D. L. Moody, How to Study the Bible: Updated Edition, page 4
I’m asked over and over again, “How in the world do you get a person motivated?”
I answer, “When you shock someone with 20,000 volts of electricity, they don’t turn to you and ask, ‘Did you say something?’ No, they move.”
The key question is…Are you motivated?
Because motivated people become change agents.
Teaching to Change Lives, Howard Hendricks, p.113
We come to the Scripture to be changed, not to amass information.
Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster, p. 69
In their original setting, Jesus’ parables often end without ending. [The Good Samaritan] does. What does the lawyer do? We don’t know. It’s up to him. When we read the parables, what will we do? It’s up to us. The story of a parable gets finished on the action end of our lives. The story transforms us or it doesn’t, but we write the ending. The picture is there before us, and Jesus says, “Go and do likewise.”
Habits of the Mind by James W. Sire