Sermon quotes on saints

Addison D. Bevere

The Tyndale Bible Dictionary adds that Saints “are the people of the coming age.” In other words, a saint is someone who brings a future reality into the present. They transcend the problems and limitations of the temporal by embracing and partnering with the eternal. 

Saints: Becoming More Than “Christians,” Revell, 2020.  Source Material from Walter A. Elwell and Philip W. Comfort, eds., Tyndale Bible Dictionary, Tyndale Reference Library (Wheaton: Tyndale, 2001), 1151.

Leon Bloy

“There is but one sadness .… and that is for us not to be saints.”

The Woman Who Was Poor 

Robert Ellsberg

We are formed by what we admire. But it is possible to cultivate one’s taste in this regard as in any other pursuit. It is important to learn how to recognize what is good, to train our ears to discern the truth, to pay honor to what is truly honorable, to choose a moral standard that lies beyond our easy grasp. It is especially important to convey such lessons to our children, who are otherwise too easily beguiled by our culture to admire what is merely glib or successful, to honor power, superficial beauty, and the illusion celebrity.

All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses, Crossroad, 1997.

Søren Kierkegaard

God creates out of nothing. . . . But he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.

The Journals of Kierkegaard

Peter Kreeft

The saints, too, had wandering minds. The saints, too, had constantly to recall their constantly wandering mind-child home. They became saints because they continued to go after the little wanderer, like the Good Shepherd.

Prayer For Beginners

Brennan Manning

If we continue to focus solely on the sinner/saint duality in our person and conduct, while ignoring the raging opposition between the Pharisee and the child, spiritual growth will come to an abrupt standstill.”

Reflections for Ragamuffins: Daily Devotions from the Writings of Brennan Manning

Eugene H. Peterson

For a long time all Christians called each other “saints.” They were all saints regardless of how well or badly they lived, of how experienced or inexperienced they were. The word saint did not refer to the quality or virtue of their acts, but to the kind of life to which they had been chosen, life on a battlefield.

Taken from Run with the Horses by Eugene H. Peterson. ©2009, 2019 by Eugene H. Peterson.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove  IL  60515-1426. www.ivpress.com

C.S. Lewis

I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.


Charles Spurgeon

Give me great sinners to make great saints! They are glorious raw material for Grace to work upon and when you do get them saved, they will shake the very gates of Hell!

Kenneth Woodward

Saints are not canonized for the excellence of their intellects but for the excellence of their lives.

Making Saints

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