"All other vines are but shadows of Christ. They represent Christ, but he is himself the substance. the essence, the one great reality. He is the truth of all things that exist: ‘I am the true Vine.’ Does anybody ask which is the true Church? All who are vitally joined to Christ are in the true Church, for he says, ‘I am the true Vine,”’

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

 "You can’t abide with someone without talking to him, listening to him, or being a friend to his friends. The same is true for Christ. Prayer, the Scriptures, and fellowship are essential tools for being with Christ."

Dr. Steve Brown

“To abide in Christ means to keep up a habit of constant close communion with Him–to be always leaning on Him, resting on Him, pouring out our hearts to Him, and using Him as our Fountain of life and strength, as our chief Companion and best Friend. To have His words abiding in us, is to keep His sayings and precepts continually before our memories and minds, and to make them the guide of our actions and the rule of our daily conduct and behavior.”

J. C. Ryle

“Without Christ, not one step; with Him, anywhere!”

—Dr. David Livingston

“Would a soul continually eye His everlasting tenderness and compassion, His thoughts of kindness that have been from of old, His present gracious acceptance, it could not bear an hour’s absence from Him;"

John Owen