Sermon Quotes: "Hot and Cold and...Not What You Think"

“…and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.” Revelation 1:5

“The exalted Christ is challenging them with a powerful rhetorical question, ‘Don’t you realize that you make me sick?” Grant Osbourne

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” Isaiah 55:1

“God never reveals our hearts to discourage us. Convicting us of sin is one of the most profound ways he demonstrates his love for us.” Paul Tripp

“In their blind self-sufficiency they had, as it were, excommunicated the risen Lord from the congregation. In an act of unbelievable condescension, he requests permission to enter and re-establish fellowship.” Robert Mounce

“And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans.” Colossians 4:16

“It is the consistent theme of Scripture that wealth has to be handled carefully and stewarded for God’s glory or it will consume the owner. Such an all-consuming pursuit of wealth leads to idolatry as we shall see is the case here. This is not an endorsement of poverty, for part of God’s blessing on Israel was its prosperity. The question, however, is how we use what God has given us. A Christian’s prosperity is measured by how much he gives rather than how much he has.” Greg Beale

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.” 1 Timothy 6:17-18

“To see a man humbled by his prosperity, this is rare indeed.” Jeremiah Burroughs 

“Enjoyment is becoming idolatrous when it is not permeated with gratitude. When our enjoyment of something tends to make us not think of God, it is moving toward idolatry. But if the enjoyment gives rise to the feeling of gratefulness to God, we are being protected from idolatry. The grateful feeling that we don’t deserve this gift or this enjoyment, but have it freely from God’s grace, is evidence that idolatry is being checked. Enjoyment is becoming idolatrous when it does not see in God’s gift that God himself is to be desired more than the gift. If the gift is not awakening a sense that God, the Giver, is better than the gift, it is becoming an idol.” John Piper