Friday, October 12, 2007

Quotes from the Beginning

Phineas F. Bresee was one of the founders of the Church of the Nazarene (of whose succor I have been a life-long recipient). I ran across these quotes of his and thought they were worth sharing:

“The first miracle after the baptism of the Holy Ghost was wrought upon a beggar. It means that the first service of a Holy Ghost-baptized church is to the poor; that its ministry is to those who are lowest down; that its gifts are for those who need them most. As the Spirit was upon jesus to preach the gospel to the poor, so His Spirit is upon His servants for the same purpose.”

“We want pastors who will go out and find the poor that nobody else cares for.”

“That a people are poor and weak and despised is no shadow to dim their hope. If theyhave God’s gift of the Holy Spirit there is nothing to which He calls but that they may do.”

"Let the Church of the Nazarene be true to its commission; not great and elegant buildings; but to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and wipe away the tears of sorrowing, and gather jewels for His diadem.”

“Our church is a missionary church. It knows no difference between home and foreign fields - in these days all fields are near.”

2 comments:

Josh said...

nice.

good to have memories, isn't it?

aaron44 said...

Uncle Scott, this is just what I needed! Wow, I love these quotes, because they speak to us still today. Keep up the good work!