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Sermon Quotes: "Dear Thessalonians"

"1 Thessalonians opens a window on to a newly planted church in the middle of the first century AD. It tells us how it came into being, what the apostle taught it, what were its strengths and weaknesses, its theological and moral problems and how it was spreading the gospel. What is of particular interest, because it applies to Christian communities in every age and place,...

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Sermon Quotes: "Partnership in the Gospel"

But here in Philippians our text has at its heart a depth of fellowship that exceeds any earthly fellowship-'your partnership [fellowship] in the gospel' (v5)-which is rooted in God and is a quest that can only be described as eternal." Kent Hughes "Paul rarely thanks God for things, his thanksgivings are for people. For those special 'gifts' whom God has brought into his...

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Sermon Quotes: "Marvel of Marvels"

"To see the dull indifference, the negligent and thoughtless air that sits upon the faces of a whole assembly, while the psalm is upon their lips, might even tempt a charitable observer to suspect the fervency of their inward religion." Isaac Watts "No psalm more neatly or succinctly lays bare the heart of genuine worship." Robert Davidson "The New Testament will show wi...

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Sermon Quotes: "With Unveiled Faces"

"Scripture is dotted with extremely exciting and hopeful situations that are dashed by persistent human failure. Exodus 32-34 marks another occurrence of this pattern. Having agreed to do whatever Yahweh requires of them in the divinely offered covenant relationship, the people lose sight of Moses, Yahweh and faith. Disobedience of the most basic kind results. Sin captures...

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Sermon Quotes: "God's Autobiography"

". . . what was clearly at the heart of Moses' request was a longing to know the glory of God's character from which flowed the mercy that he had just been promised." John Piper "Everything the Lord says autobiographically is something that God is or does for the benefit of others, especially his chosen people." Victor Hamilton "Andthe Wordbecame flesh anddwelt among us,...

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Sermon Quotes: "Mercy from First to Last"

"They were still booked for the Promised Land, but God had cancelled his reservations." Phil Ryken "True prayer does not seek-rather refuses-glory for selfTrue prayer is concerned for the Lord's good name." Alec Motyer "The request to see God's glory should be understood in this context as a desire to have God confirm his astonishing willingness to show his favor to a st...

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Sermon Quotes: "Life Along the Way"

"And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites." (Exodus 3:8) "In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Sp...

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Sermon Quotes: "What Moses Couldn't Do"

"Whoever reads the Old Testament must struggle with the apparent brutality of God's judgment found there. For many this is as far as they read. They stumble over the violent passages we call the "hard sayings." Some people see these sayings as sufficient reason to reject Christianity out of hand. They seem ample reason to hold the Old Testament God in contemptSome even go ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment"

"Exodus 32 is simultaneously one of the low points and one of the high points in Israel's history." Don Carson "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God"...

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Sermon Quotes: "Like No Place on Earth"

"What was the point of such a demand for precise adherence to a revealed design? It was to create a longing for and hope of heaven in the hearts of God's peoplea desire to live in his presence forever." Douglas Stuart "The truly staggering answer which the Bible gives to this question is that God's purpose in revelation is to make friends with us. It was to this end that ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Worth Remembering Again"

"Within the context of Exodus this section provides an exceptionally important introduction to all that will take place in the rest of the bookVerses 1-2 set the scene chronologically and geographically for the events that will be narrated in the rest of Exodus, God's speech to Moses in verses 4-6 sets the scene theologically for the covenant that will be formally ratified...

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Sermon Quotes: "To the End of the Earth"

"It was the explicit aim of Jesus, in his earthly ministry, to save and gather a people of God not defined by any one race or ethnicity, or any political banner, but rather defined by faith in himself as the only Savior, absolute Lord, and supreme Treasure. Thus his mission was, among other glorious things, the end of ethnocentrism." John Piper "in Jerusalem and in all Ju...

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Sermon Quotes: "Extending the Borders of Our Neighborhood"

"There is a political or social dimension to Christianity which is simply inescapable. But, Christians should think through all things-including the nature of social or political reality-in explicitly scriptural categories." Brad Green "A Samaritan was just about the last person that anyone in Israel would expect to stop and help. In centuries past the Samaritans had defi...

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Sermon Quotes: "An End to Hostility"

"with all humility and gentleness, with patience bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Eph. 4:2-3 "The portrait of the peacemaking Christ." John Stott "Keep in mind that the divide between Jews and Gentiles was not small or simple or shallow. It was huge and complex and deep. It was as intractable as any ethnic...

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Sermon Quotes: "In His Image"

"In a time of crisis, turmoil, conflict, a pastor, above all else needs to keep his hand on his Bible." Jeff Purswell "The importance of human beings created in God's image can scarcely be exaggerated." Thomas Schreiner "The Bible does not begin with the creation of a special race of people. When the first human is introduced into the story he is simply called 'adam', wh...

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Sermon Quotes: "What To Do When The Pandemic Turns Divisive"

"Few passages have as much theology and ethics in them as Philippians 2." D.A. Carson "Paul emphasizes that Jesus did not take advantage of or exploit the equality with God that he already possessed. In other words, the grasping or advantage-taking does not move toward equality with God as its goal but begins with God-equality and moves towards others. The text, then, emp...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Worrier's Guide to the Pandemic"

"Part of humility is willingness to patiently wait for things according to God's timetable." Edmond Hiebert "Worry is a stealth sin. It doesn't feel like sin." Ed Welch "Worry is a form of pride because when believers are filled with anxiety, they are convinced that they solve all the problems in their lives in their own strength. The only god they trust is themselves. W...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Masterclass on Prayer"

"How we pray is as important a question as we can ever face. This prayer is a pattern for all Christian praying. Jesus is teaching that prayer will be acceptable when, and only when, the attitudes, thoughts, and desires expressed fit the pattern. That is to say: every prayer of ours should be a praying of the Lord's Prayer in some shape or formWe never get beyond this pray...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Invocation of Prayer"

"The Lord's Prayer may be the single set of words spoken more often than any other in the history of the world. Jesus Christ gave it to us as the key to unlock all the riches of prayer. Yet it is an untapped resource, partly because it is so familiar." Tim Keller "When Jesus taught his disciples to pray in this fashion, he was addressing men who were already convinced of ...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Commandment With A Promise"

The Bible has a deep revulsion to this kind of disrespect, treating it with a kind of horror. When I was a youth pastor, I once took my high school students through the Biblical passages that deal with disobedience to parents. Not surprisingly, by the time I finished reading these passages, the kids in my youth group were very quiet. Like most young people, they had always...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Best Day of the Week"

"Whatever it does to help people recuperate from being physically tired, this is incidental not primary." Douglas Stuart "Jesus was not abolishing the canonical authority of the Old Testament but correctly orienting it to terminate in his own authority. D.A. Carson explains that 'the OT's real and abiding authority must be understood through the person and teaching of him...

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Sermon Quotes: "Our Jealous God"

"'The jealous God'-doesn't it sound offensive? For we know jealousy, the green-eyed monster as a vice, one of the most cancerous soul-destroying vices that there is; whereas God, we are sure is perfectly good. How, then, could anyone ever imagine that jealousy is found in him? God's perfections are matter for praise-but how can we praise God for being jealous?" J.I. Packer...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Reunion in the Wilderness"

"In some ways, the account is surprising. Major administrative structures are being put into place among the covenant community without any word from God.Why is Jethro, at best on the fringes of the covenant people, allowed toplaysuch an extraordinary role as counselor andconfidant of Moses?The questions answer themselves. God may use the means of'common grace' to instruct...

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Sermon Quotes: "Impending Justice"

"God's foreknowledge told him that he would stretch out his hand only to meet mighty resistance but, plainly he was in no hurry to implement the final showdown he foresaw (3:19-20). As 2 Peter 3:9 says, 'The Lord is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance'-Pharaoh included. But eventually the Lord's patience comes to an end for he...

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Sermon Quotes | "Divine Reassurance"

"Pharaoh's heart was particularly important because Egyptians believed it was the all-controlling factor in both history and societyhis heart was thought to be sovereign over creation. Therefore by hardening Pharaoh's heart, God was making a theological point. He was proving that he alone is sovereign over all things. Nothing is outside the purpose of his will, not even th...

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Sermon Quotes | "A Word to Young Men"

"Man may talk of self-control, as if the reins were in his own hand. But he who has been 'born of the Spirit,' and taught 'to know the plague of his own heart,' is made to feel, that effective self-control is divine grace, not his own native powerHave not repeated defeats taught us the need of calling in better strength than our own?" Charles Bridges "Spiritual leaders ru...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Deadly Danger of False Teaching"

"They are plunging those influenced into spiritual turmoil by overturning their previous convictions." Andreas Kostenberger "The implication of this verse is that these teachers had been requiring observance of rules concerning ritual purity, probably restricting the eating of some foods (1 Tim. 4:3-5); the basis for such views is not stated, but Paul's response and the J...

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Sermon Quotes | "A Healthy Church"

"People often ask me what I think is the secret to Grace Community Church's development over the past twenty-six years. I always point out first of all, that God sovereignly determines the membership of a church, and numbers alone are no gauge of spiritual success. In the midst of tremendous numerical growth, however, the spiritual vitality of our church has been remarkabl...

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Sermon Quotes | "Zealous: Living to Commend the Gospel"

"This is a short epistle, but a model of Christian doctrine, in which is comprehended in a masterful way all that is necessary for a Christian to know and live." Martin Luther "Titus was the man for a tough assignment. There are two kinds of peoplepeople who can make a bad situation worse, and people who can bring order out of chaos. Titus was the man to send where there ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Sovereign Grace"

"The subject of predestination, which in itself is attended by considerable difficulty, is rendered very perplexed, and hence perilous, by human curiosity, which cannot be restrained from wandering into forbidden paths. Let it, therefore, be our first principle that to desire any other knowledge of predestination than that which is expounded by the word of God, is no less ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Resist Your Adversary"

"Worry is condemned, but watchfulness is demanded." Edmond Hiebert "One of the most dangerous things in the world would be to think that we are not in any danger, which is the mistake Peter made." Phil Ryken "Satan cannot ultimately destroy a Christian believer. But he is well able to destroy our assurance and our joy-our pleasure in the gospel. So we need to find in the...

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Sermon Quotes: "The End of the World"

"The end of all things is not a veiled phrase that means 'the last moment of each of your lives.' It is the end-the climax of human history that reveals the goal and purpose of the entire sequence of events from Adam to the return of Christ." Robert Mounce "But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Humble Husband"

"is not an analytical knowledge or religious insightbut personal insight that leads to loving and considerate care, whether in the bedroom or in other activities of marriage." Peter Davids "It is quite a mistaken belief that, because a member of the family works for his living outside the home, he can treat it like a hotel when he comes home, and expect to be waited on." ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Out of the Whirlwind, God Speaks"

"'Had I been present at creation I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.' Those words are attributed to King Alphonso the Tenth, King of Spain in the thirteenth century, nicknamed 'Alphonso the Learned.' Alphonso was not the first human being to think he could run the universe better than God. The learned and wise Job has come to the c...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Mistaken Zeal"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:38-41...

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