Count Zinzendorf advocated the idea of a personal relationship with God, rather than the formal churchgoing Lutheranism of the day. Zinzendorf used the term living faith, which he contrasted unfavorably with the prevailing nominalism of dull Protestant orthodoxy. For him, faith was less about an intellectual assent to doctrines than about a personal, transforming encounter with God, so the Herrnhüter emphasized Bible reading and home devotions. His ideas influenced John Wesley, who visited Herrnhut in 1738, the year of his famous conversion.
Where a people prays, there is the church; and where the church is; there is never loneliness.
“the whole of world history there is always only one really significant hour—the present. . . . [I]f you want to find eternity, you must serve the times.”
I fear that Christians who venture to stand on earth on only one leg will stand in heaven on only one leg too.”