150+ Best Francis Chan Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Francis Chan is an American author on Christian subjects, and a teacher and preacher in evangelical churches and related settings. Profoundly inspirational Francis Chan quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Francis Chan Quotes

Due to our consumer mindset, people are prone to jump from church to church, which weakens the church overall. – Francis Chan

Even in my own church I heard the words, ‘Francis Chan’ more than I heard the words, ‘Holy Spirit.’ – Francis Chan

The world says love yourself, grab all you can, follow your heart. Jesus says deny yourself, grab your cross and follow me. – Francis Chan

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. – Francis Chan

My love for prayer was an answer to prayer. – Francis Chan

The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time. – Francis Chan

Our lack of intimacy is due to our refusal to unplug and shut off communication from all others so we can be alone with Him. – Francis Chan

He wants all or nothing. The thought of a person calling himself a ‘Christian’ without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd. – Francis Chan

The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God. – Francis Chan

We have got to make disciples. Fun nights and pizza nights are not going to sustain us. – Francis Chan

The world is not moved by love or actions that are of human creation. And the church is not empowered to live differently from any other gathering of people without the Holy Spirit. But when believers live in the power of the Spirit, the evidence in their lives is supernatural. The church cannot help but be different, and the world cannot help but notice. – Francis Chan

Where it gets weird is that nowadays there are millions of people on this earth who call themselves followers of Jesus, but their lives look nothing like His, and they’re not obeying the things that He called them to do. – Francis Chan

The God who loans you life sees your every move, hears each word you speak, knows your every thought. You are seen by God. Noticed. Known. – Francis Chan

The greatest knowledge we can ever have is knowing God treasures us. – Francis Chan

Can you worship a God who isn’t obligated to explain His actions to you? Could it be your arrogance that makes you think God owes you an explanation? – Francis Chan

The very fact that a holy, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful, fair, and just God loves you and me is nothing short of astonishing. – Francis Chan

Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable? – Francis Chan

We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving ourselves because we were made to do these things. – Francis Chan

People who are obsessed with Jesus aren’t consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else. Obsessed people care more about God’s kingdom coming to this earth than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress. – Francis Chan

We often think of prayer as a means to an end. Prayer is the goal. – Francis Chan

The world needs Christians who don’t tolerate the complacency of their own lives. – Francis Chan

God is the only being who is good, and the standards are set by Him. Because God hates sin, He has to punish those guilty of sin. Maybe that’s not an appealing standard. But to put it bluntly, when you get your own universe, you can make your own standards. – Francis Chan

Are you willing to say to God that He can have whatever He wants? Do you believe that whole hearted commitment to Him is more important than any other thing or person in your life? Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter; unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made? – Francis Chan

God is love, but He also defines what love is. We don’t have the license to define love according to our standards. – Francis Chan

My pride and immaturity caused me to make things more of a struggle than they had to be. I can always blame others or circumstances, but the truth was that my own sinful pride led to more stress than anything else. – Francis Chan

God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him. – Francis Chan

Worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives. – Francis Chan

I have one reason why you should walk away from that temptation right now. One reason: God. Is. Better. – Francis Chan

Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers. – Francis Chan

Lukewarm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to. They don’t have to trust God if something unexpected happens- they have their savings account. They don’t need God to help them- they have their retirement plan in place. They don’t genuinely seek out what life God would have them live- they have life figured and mapped out. They don’t depend on God on a daily basis- their refrigerators are full and, for the most part, they are in good health. The truth is, their lives wouldn’t look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God. – Francis Chan

I don’t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit. I want people to look at my life and know I couldn’t be doing this by my own power. I want to live in such a way that I am desperate for Him to come through. That if He doesn’t come through, I am screwed. – Francis Chan

Jesus said go and make disciples, but so often we just sit and make excuses – Francis Chan

Has your relationship with God changed the way you live your life? – Francis Chan

Making disciples isn’t about gathering pupils to listen to your teaching. The real focus is not on teaching people at all–the focus is on loving them. – Francis Chan

In China I told pastors about how, in the West, we have these church buildings and how we go to services each week that last an hour or so. I told them how if we don’t like the music or the message then we can go to different buildings and services… They all broke out into laughter. They thought I was the funniest guy they had ever seen. – Francis Chan

When I am consumed by my problems-stressed out about my life, my family, and my job-I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God’s command to always rejoice. – Francis Chan

Proclaiming the gospel to a lost world cannot be just another activity to add to the church’s crowded agenda. It must be central to who we are. It forms our identity. – Francis Chan

When we become overly concerned about our appearance, our spiritual reputation, our coolness, and our acceptance, we are living as citizens of this world rather than as ambassadors. – Francis Chan

I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them. I believe He wants us to be known for giving—of our time, our money, and our abilities—and to start a movement of ‘giving’ churches. In so doing, we can alleviate the suffering in the world and change the reputation of His bride in America. – Francis Chan

A key to everything is surrender – to really come before the Lord and say, ‘I will literally stay here as long as you want me to stay’ or ‘God, I will really go anywhere on the earth.’ – Francis Chan

We need to be more concerned about who we are before God than our reputation before people. – Francis Chan

Again, our marriage problems are not really marriage problems. They are heart problems. They are God problems. Our lack of intimacy with God causes a void that we try to fill with the frailest of substitutes. Like wealth or pleasure. Like fame or respect. Like people. Like marriage. – Francis Chan

I’ve got this amazing relationship with God that is better than life, itself, so marvelous, so wonderful that everything else can fall apart and I’m okay. – Francis Chan

The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do. The Spirit will lead you into the way of the cross, as He led Jesus to the cross, and that is definitely not a safe or pretty or comfortable place to be. The Holy Spirit of God will mold you into the person you were made to be. – Francis Chan

It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe – the creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor – loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. – Francis Chan

God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard. – Francis Chan

Life is about Jesus. We are not here to tell our story, but His. – Francis Chan

But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through. – Francis Chan

God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love. – Francis Chan

We should be so joyful from God’s grace that others would respond by saying, ‘I wish I had your God. – Francis Chan

If God cared only about religious activities, then the Pharisees would have been heroes of the faith. – Francis Chan

We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness. – Francis Chan

The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. – Francis Chan

True love requires sacrifice. – Francis Chan

Christians are like manure: spread them out and they help everything grow better but keep them in one big pile and they stink horribly. – Francis Chan

Churchgoers all across the nation say the Holy Spirit has entered them. They claim that God has given them a supernatural ability to follow Christ, put their sin to death, and serve the church. Christians talk about being born again say that they they were dead but now have come to life. We have become hardened to those words, but they are powerful words that have significant meaning. Yet when those outside the church see no difference in our lives, they begin to question our integrity, out sanity, or even worse, our God. And can you blame them? – Francis Chan

Trust whatever He has for you. It will be better than anything you can plan for yourself. – Francis Chan

Don’t fall into the trap of studying the Bible without doing what it says. – Francis Chan

A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions, or commitments are piled up on top of it. – Francis Chan

God never breaks His promises. – Francis Chan

I quickly found that the American church is a difficult place to fit in if you want to live out New Testament Christianity. The goals of American Christianity are often a nice marriage, children who don’t swear, and good church attendance. Taking the words of Christ literally, and seriously, is rarely considered. That’s for the ‘radicals’ who are ‘unbalanced’ and who go ‘overboard.’ Most of us want a balanced life we can control, that is safe, and that does not involve suffering. – Francis Chan

As we begin to focus more on Christ, loving Him and others becomes more natural. As long as we pursuing Him, we satisfied in Him. It is when we stop actively loving Him that we find ourselves restless and gravitating toward other means of fulfillment – Francis Chan

When we work for Christ out of obligation, it feels like work. But when we truly love Christ, our work is a manifestation of that love, and it feels like love. – Francis Chan

As a culture, we’re so worried about what’s going to happen to us 30 years from now that we are not taking care of our brothers and sisters who need help today. – Francis Chan

Our culture is all about shallow relationships. But that doesn’t mean we should stop looking each other in the eye and having deep conversations. – Francis Chan

Truth is, I think, if God just gave us our daily bread, many of us would be angry. ‘That’s all you’re going to give me? You’re just going to give me enough to sustain me for today? What about tomorrow or next year or 10, 20, 30 years from now? I want to know that I’m set up.’ And yet Jesus says just pray for your daily provisions. – Francis Chan

If you really want to experience God, go and make disciples. – Francis Chan

When I read the statements of Christ, there seems to be this urgency and intensity. I guess that’s what I get out of it when I read the tone of the Scriptures, which is very different from the tone of our culture. – Francis Chan

For a person to be truly discipled and growing in their faith, they need more than one person discipling them. – Francis Chan

I want to help people understand how to study the Scriptures with other people, to give them an overview of Scripture and assume that by understanding the Scriptures better, the Holy Spirit will bring to mind the right stories, the right teachings. – Francis Chan

Honestly, when I read the Scriptures, I really believe the Lord puts a heart in us when we become believers. – Francis Chan

I want the joy of knowing that I am doing something with my life, the joy of battle, – Francis Chan

One of my biggest fears – maybe my biggest weakness as a Christian – is that I have a hard time going up to a stranger and talking to them about Jesus. – Francis Chan

Our God listens to us. Our God is a living God. He’s not a block of wood you made up that’s not going to answer you. My God listens to me. He answers me. – Francis Chan

I could fill my whole time doing interviews, speaking to crowds, and there’s this natural human tendency because of our culture to think that the more people I talk to, the bigger the impact I’ll have, and yet Jesus didn’t spend His time just speaking to the masses. He spent the bulk of his time with a small group of people. – Francis Chan

It’s easy to write for God and about God, because what a thrill to remind the church that the Holy Spirit of God is in you. What a rush! What an amazing blessing! – Francis Chan

Every year in my life, I trust fewer and fewer people. – Francis Chan

I could be wrong about salvation. I could be wrong about a lot of things. – Francis Chan

I’ve never felt a need to really respond to someone else’s writing. – Francis Chan

There are just certain times I sense the Lord is wanting me to write, and so I write. – Francis Chan

When I don’t think biblically, I go nuts. I just go, ‘This is crazy.’ – Francis Chan

Being around a church culture, even leading a gathering of believers, I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting what’s going to happen in a church service. – Francis Chan

When you read the New Testament, you see the Holy Spirit was supposed to change everything so that this gathering of people who call themselves Christians had this supernatural element about them. – Francis Chan

There are periods that we forget that in the pursuit of fruit, that if we just abide in Him, then fruitfulness is a guarantee. – Francis Chan

Churches we build only by our own efforts and not in the strength of the Spirit will quickly collapse when we don’t push and prod people along. – Francis Chan

With my natural communication abilities, I could probably gather a crowd even without the Spirit. – Francis Chan

If I have a script, I tend to stick to it even if God may be leading me elsewhere in the moment. – Francis Chan

Parents are supposed to instruct their kids. It doesn’t mean they necessarily have that gift of teaching. – Francis Chan

Because I want to get a lot done, I can sometimes do that in the flesh. If I don’t rest in the Lord, and enjoy him as I should, my action doesn’t spring from my identity and enjoyment of Christ. When that happens, I end up getting the glory rather than Jesus. – Francis Chan

I love staring out toward the ocean and away from anything manmade. – Francis Chan

God is so clear in spelling out His attributes in scripture in order that others would know what He is really like. – Francis Chan

We live in a world where people say that you can believe anything you want about God. – Francis Chan

I had come out of a church that was filled with petty arguments and hatred. I just wanted to meet with some friends and worship with them. – Francis Chan

I was raised Christian after age 5, but I didn’t really understand it until high school. A friend of mine invited me to his youth group. There I heard the gospel, understood it, and accepted it. – Francis Chan

People see only my actions. Instead, if I focus on Christ with thanksgiving, people see Him. – Francis Chan

If life is a river, then pursuing Christ requires swimming upstream. When we stop swimming, or actively following Him, we automatically begin to be swept downstream. – Francis Chan

It struck me that many Christians flash around their ‘no trans fat’ label, trying to convince everyone they are healthy and good. Yet they have no substantive or healthful elements to their faith. It’s like the Laodiceans, who thought they had everything until Christ told them they were poor and wretched. – Francis Chan

God is compassionate and just, loving and holy, wrathful and forgiving. WE can’t sideline His more difficult attributes to make room for the palatable ones. – Francis Chan

When loving Him becomes obligation, one of the many things we have to do, we end up focusing even more on ourselves. – Francis Chan

Without action and fruit, all the theology in the world has little meaning. – Francis Chan

Nothing compares to being truly, exuberantly wanted by your children. – Francis Chan

We are loaded down with too many good things, more than we could ever need, while others are desperate for a small loaf. The good things we cling to are more than money; we hoard our resources, our gifts, our time, our families, out friends….how ludicrous it is to hold on to the abundance God has given us and merely repeat the words ‘thank you’. – Francis Chan

God’s presence is all that matters. – Francis Chan

But hey, if that’s too much to ask, tell them to just become Christians—you know, the people who get to go to heaven without having to commit to anything – Francis Chan

If I were Satan and my ultimate goal was to thwart God’s kingdom and purposes, one of my main strategies would be to get churchgoers to ignore the Holy Spirit. – Francis Chan

Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church….as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to give, they do so. After all, God loves a cheerful giver, right? – Francis Chan

People accuse me of going overboard preparing for my first ten million years in eternity; in my opinion, people go overboard in worrying about their last ten on earth. – Francis Chan

The way we live out our days is the way we will live our lives. – Francis Chan

If one person “wastes” away his day by spending hours connecting with God, and the other person believes he is too busy or has better things to do than worship the Creator and Sustainer, who is the crazy one? – Francis Chan

In the midst of our failed attempts at loving Jesus, His grace covers us. – Francis Chan

Yes, it is God who works in you. And, yes, there is work for you to do. Yes, the Spirit empowers you to do the work. And, yes, you do the work. – Francis Chan

Allow God to be as creative with you as He is with each of us. – Francis Chan

The concept of downsizing so that others might upgrade is biblical, beautiful…and nearly unheard of. We either close the gap or don’t take the words of the Bible literally. – Francis Chan

Marriage is one of the most humbling, sanctifying journeys you will ever be a part of. It forces us to wrestle with our selfishness and pride. But it also gives us a platform to display love and commitment. – Francis Chan

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for Your grace. Your forgiveness is SO good that I struggle with believing it at times. Thank You for rescuing me from myself and giving me Your Holy Spirit. Your love is better than life. – Francis Chan

It’s pride, plain and simple, that keeps me from giving God all the glory and keeping some of it for myself. It is a battle we all fight in some form or another, some of us daily or even hourly. – Francis Chan

In my desire to distance myself from sadistic Christians who revel in the idea of wrath and punishment, I may have crossed a line. Refusing to teach a passage of Scripture is just as wrong as abusing it.I really believe it’s time for some of us to stop apologizing for God and start apologizing to Him for being embarrassed by the ways He has chosen to reveal Himself. – Francis Chan

Lukewarm people think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven. – Francis Chan

Do you want to see God more than you desire security? – Francis Chan

There will be people who will teach for the sake of greed or for the sake of ego. So watch their lives. Do they look and act like Jesus? – Francis Chan

We have to learn how to control our minds. We have to learn self-control. – Francis Chan

Christ can come back at any time so the one thing you want to have in your life is a focused prayer time. – Francis Chan

The enemy just hates our prayers. – Francis Chan

Jesus’ call to commitment is clear: He wants all or nothing. – Francis Chan

You find that the things you let go of while following Jesus were the things that were going to destroy you in the end. – Francis Chan

Only the Holy Spirit can give you the power to not think about yourself, to set you free from yourself. – Francis Chan

The stress that some of us feel – it’s a lack of faith, it really is. – Francis Chan

Salvation is all about the grace of God. There is absolutely nothing that you can do to save yourself or earn God’s favor. – Francis Chan

This book is written for those who want more Jesus. It is for those who are bored with what American Christianity offers. It is for those who don’t want to plateau, those who would rather die before their convictions do. – Francis Chan

What makes worship amazing is the object of our worship. – Francis Chan

We are so used to multi-tasking. 2014 was probably the most productive year of my life…But I noticed during the last couple of months when I would get alone with God it was hard to do one thing at a time. – Francis Chan

There’s no sense in improving your marriage until you are secure with God. – Francis Chan

I don’t want to lose the awe we get to help another human being. – Francis Chan

I’ve grown up in a generation that questions God for setting boundaries. Does He have the right to set boundaries? I’ve grown up in a generation that thinks where meeting with a God is an ordinary thing. – Francis Chan

Some people say I would love to take a selfie with Moses. Do you understand the gap between Moses and God? – Francis Chan

You have access to the Tent Of Meeting. – Francis Chan

You and I are not allowed to tell Him how much He can hate it (sin). – Francis Chan

Multi-tasking is keeping me from whole-hearted worship. – Francis Chan

Lukewarm people will serve God and others, but there are limits to how far they will go or how much time, money, and energy they are willing to give. – Francis Chan

God gave me the same power He gave Jesus. I ask myself daily, why do I waste such a priceless gift? – Francis Chan

The disciples obey because that’s what people do when someone rises from the dead and gives instructions. – Francis Chan

Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected or fulfilling the status quo. A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don’t always make sense in terms of success or wealth on this earth. – Francis Chan

God wants to change us so much that it intrigues others. – Francis Chan

Whatever God’s reasons for such diversity, creativity, and sophistication in the universe, on earth, and in our own bodies, the point of it all is His glory. God’s art speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like. – Francis Chan

Why is it that we believe God’s promises of blessing but not his promises of punishment? – Francis Chan

Following Jesus is not about diligently keeping a set of rules or conjuring up the moral fortitude to lead good lives. It’s about loving God and enjoying Him – Francis Chan

We have control over our prayer life, our relationship with Jesus. – Francis Chan

Jesus didn’t say that if you wanted to follow Him you could do it in a lukewarm manner. He said, ‘Take up your cross and follow Me.’ – Francis Chan

I want to train my kids so where they are the only believers, they can stand on their own two feet and teach others. – Francis Chan

God my Creator said, ‘Go and make disciples.’ So, I don’t want to sit and make excuses. – Francis Chan

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