20 Christian Quotes About Missions and the Great Commission


After Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus gave the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20 before leaving this earth:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (ESV).

His words and departure, along with the coming of the Holy Spirit shortly after, sparked a new era in world history where Christ’s followers would spread His glorious gospel to the ends of the earth.

Here are 20 Christian Quotes about Missions and the Great Commission:

“If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?”
― David Livingstone

We-must-be-global-300x227“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”
― John R.W. Stott

“I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond!”
― Isobel Kuhn

“As long as there are millions destitute of the Word of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both.”
― J.L. Ewen

“The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.”
― Carl F.H. Henry

“The opportunities for using our financial resources to spread the gospel and strengthen the church all over the world are greater than they’ve ever been. As God raised up Esther for just such a time as hers, I’m convinced he’s going to raise us up, with all our wealth, to help fulfill the great commission. The question is, what are we doing with that money? Our job is to make sure it gets to his intended recipients.”
― Randy Alcorn

“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

There-is-not-a-square-inch-Chirst-does-not-cry-mine1-300x199“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
― Abraham Kuyper

“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”
― Henry Martyn

“You have been speaking about William Carey. When I am gone, say nothing about William Carey-speak only about Willam Carey’s Saviour.”
― William Carey

“Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is — where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge.”
― Robert C. Shannon

“It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners. It was understood that whoever was caught doing this received a severe beating. A number of us decided to pay the price for the privilege of preaching, so we accepted their [the communists’ ] terms. It was a deal; we preached and they beat us. We were happy preaching. They were happy beating us, so everyone was happy.”
― Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ

“To me there is no more tragic sight than the average missionary. …We have given so much, yet not the one thing that counts; we aspire so high, and fall so low; we suffer so much, but so seldom with Christ; we have done so much and so little will remain; we have known Christ in part, and have so effectively barricaded our hearts against His mighty love, which surely He must yearn to give His disciples above all people.”
― Amy Carmichael

“You have one business on earth – to save souls.”
― John Wesley

“Depend on it. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. He is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for lack of funds, and He can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterwards, and He much prefers doing so.”
― James Hudson Taylor


“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.”
― Samuel Zwemer

“Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!”
― C.T. Studd

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.”
― John Piper

“I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.”
― Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf

“The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.”
― Oswald J. Smith

Quote-on-the-Great-Commission-300x118“The Great Commission says to make disciples, not get followers. There is a difference.”
― Miguel Nunez

“The Great Commission is too big for anyone to accomplish alone and too important not to try to do together.”
―Steve Moore

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