Sermon Quotes: "Deepened Convictions in the Storm"

“You think you need something new and better. But much of wisdom is about remembering what we know, rather than discovering fresh insight.” Ed Welch 

“Evil, being ruthlessly competitive, is attracted to weakness, to give a last push to whatever is leaning or tottering.” Derek Kidner

“Meanwhile his experience is something to share.  What he has found in one crisis will avail at all times; what God has been to him He can be for others.” Derek Kidner 

“How can you ‘trust in him at all times’? You ‘pour out your heart before him.’ Trust is expressed in this very practical way.  That’s what happens when you have burdens and are with a trusted friend.” Ed Welch 

“Whatever is in the cup that God is offering to me, whether it be pain and sorrow and suffering and grief along with the many more joys, I’m willing to take it because I trust Him.” Elisabeth Elliott

“Perhaps there may be no way of teaching us so thoroughly the baseness of our heart as by leaving us to its devices; perhaps we shall never know our folly, unless suffered to play the fool, but oh prevent it, Lord! prevent it by thy grace! Better to be taught by suffering than to be taught by sin! Better to lie in God’s dungeon than to revel in the devil’s palace.” Charles Spurgeon 

“After the pathetic shadows we are brought back to solid reality.” Alec Motyer 

“These are the two pillars on which we rest, and may defy the surges of temptation.” John Calvin 

“We can therefore rest assured, however severe our wrongs may be, though wicked men should account us the filth and the off-scourings of all things, that God is witness to what we suffer, will interpose in due time, and will not disappoint our patient expectation.” John Calvin 

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

“Behold the man upon a cross; my sin upon his shoulders.  Ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers.  It was my sin that held him there until it was accomplished.  His dying breath has brought me life; I know that it is finished.” How Deep the Father's Love For Us 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So we can echo Paul’s response as our own of how we live out this conviction and reality: “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9–10