For a long time, I've been carrying in my wallet a piece of paper that I torn out of a church bulletin that has quotes from religious people expressing their beliefs on the church's responsibility in showing compassion to the world.
"I define 'successful' as fulfilling the Great Commission. Any church that is not obeying the Great Commission is failing it's purpose, no matter what else it does." -
Senior Pastor -
Anaheim, Califoria - Author of "The Purpose Driven Church"
"I believe all Christians and all congregations are to be involved in ministry in their locality, in their nation, in neighboring nations, and on the spiritual frontiers of this earth. And I believe this ministry is to happen simulraneously - we don't have to win everyone at home before we step out of our own neighborhood. " - Howard L Foltz - Author of "For Such A Time As This "
"CHR-ST's Commission is for the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world! Every member is called to participate in mission; therefore, we need to provide a broad range of opportunities. " - Art Beals - Author of "When The Saints Go Marching Out"
"The church is to be the means of the final achievement of G-D's eternal purpose: 'in order that the manifold wisdom of G-D might now be made known rthrough the church' G-D has seen fit to make his people partners in the world of world redemption." - H. Cornell Goerner - Author of "All Nations In G-D's Purpose"
"The church, whatever it is, is not only CHR-ST's witness to its own people and nation, but also the home-base for a mission to the ends of the earth." - Leslie Newbingen - Author of "A Word In Season"
"People's participation in global missions is waning. While many Americans have adopted a global mind-set within the past decade, American Christians are increasingly devoted to domestic ministry and causes to the exclusion of international ministry opportunities. Even though we continue to give massive sums of money to religious activity, the share assiged to overseas ministry is in decline." - George Barna - Author of "The Second Coming Of The Church"
"The whole purpose of creation, the existence of the universe and of history is that those who believe in HIM should become an Eternal Companion to His SON as his Bride and to share HIS throne and authority. That Bride is to come from every part of the human race." - Patrick Johnstone - Author of "The Church Is Bigger Than You Think"
"There is no argument for missions. The entire action of G-D in history, the whole revelation of G-D in CHR-ST - that is the argument." - James S. Steward
"G-D is a missionary G-D. The Bible is a missionary book. The gospel is a missionary message. The church is a missionary institutio. And when the church ceases to be missionary minded, it has denied it's faith and betrayed it's trust." - J. Herbert Kane - Author of "The Making Of A Missionary"