“I care not where I go, or how I live, or what I endure, so that I may save souls. When I sleep I dream of them; when I awake they are first in my thoughts…No amount of scholastic attainment, of able and profound exposition, of brilliant and stirring eloquence can atone for the absence of a deep, impassioned sympathetic love for human souls.” (David Brainerd)
“We are content to be the keepers of the aquarium, rather than be fishers of men.” (Unknown)
‘Ministers knock at the door of men’s hearts, the Spirit comes with a key and opens the door.’ (Thomas Watson)
One of the saddest statistics of our day is that 95% of all church members have never led anyone to Christ.
‘Rely implicitly on the old, old gospel. You need no other nets when you fish for men; those your Master has given you are strong enough for the great fishes, and have meshes fine enough to hold the little ones.’ (Spurgeon, The Soul-Winner, 4) Gal 1:6
Can we have a greater encouragement than, under God, to be gainer of a soul, which is as much in God’s esteem as if we should gain a world? Spiritual alms are the best alms. Mercy shewed to the souls of men is the greatest mercy, and wisdom in winning of souls is the greatest wisdom in the world. Sibbes, Works, Vol 1, p192.
‘God never laid it upon thee to convert those he sends thee to. No; to publish the gospel is thy duty, to receive it is theirs…God judgeth not of his servants’ work by the success of their labour, but by their faithfulness to deliver his message.’ (Gurnall)