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Sermon Quotes: "Outwitting the Enemy"

“And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd…The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea.” Acts 17:4-5,10

“It is hard to miss the sense of angst that emerges in this paragraph, even though it is being written on this side of Timothy’s return with good news (3:6-8)…Paul’s memory of his anxiety is still sharp even though this is being written from the perspective he received upon Timothy’s return.” Gordon Fee

“Paul refers to the separation in verse 17 as his having been “torn away” metaphorically employing the Greek word referring to an orphaned child being separated from his parents.” David Chapman

“We must not interpret Paul’s glory in the Thessalonians in a way that conflicts with his affirmations that he will glory only in Christ and the cross (1 Cor. 1:31; Gal. 6:14). For the Thessalonians are trophies of Christ crucified! Paul’s joy in this world and glory in the next is wed to the Thessalonians whom Christ through Paul’s preaching has so signally transformed.” John Stott

“If we find ourselves living for the gospel as a minority in a culture whose controlling values are antithetical to those of the gospel, then our circumstances will closely parallel those of the Thessalonians, and we should expect to experience the same types of afflictions as they did.” Michael Holmes

“The most sinister thoughts that Satan insinuates into our minds are not enticements to sin but suspicions about God himself.” Sinclair Ferguson

“But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1 Cor. 2:7-8

“By going to the cross, Jesus will ultimately destroy this devil, who holds people captive under sin, shame and guilt. He will crush the serpent’s head by taking their guilt and shame on himself.” D.A. Carson