Sermon Quotes: "A Sweet and Surprising Command for 2023"

“New Years finds me employed. I compare it to a hill on the road, from the top of which I endeavor to look back on the way that the Lord has led me thus far through the wilderness. I look around to contemplate the difference his goodness has made between my situation, and that of thousands of my fellow creatures. I then look forward and perceive that I am drawing apace to my journey’s end. I shall soon be at home.” John Newton

“The new year is an opportunity to pause on the path and to stand humbly on the hilltop of time to look back on grace received, to cherish the sustaining grace of God upholding us now, and to anticipate future graces yet to come.” Tony Reinke

“Perhaps the greatest need in contemporary Christianity is a renewed appreciation of the role of Scripture in the personal and spiritual growth of believers.” Robert Mounce

“You need control, quiet, seclusion. You must shut out the digital hurricane outside in order to focus. Freedom from excess environmental stimuli makes possible a proper appreciation of the object in front of us, the series of words on a page. When we are released from pressure to respond every moment to something outside our book, we become capable of reading slowly and carefully.” David Mikics

“The Bible is one big story that’s all about Jesus. Jesus fulfills the Old Testament. The entire Old Testament points to Jesus (John 5:39; Luke 24:27,44; 2 Cor. 1:20). Jesus is the climax of God’s revelation (Heb. 1:1-3). So if you interpret the Bible in a way that does not point to Jesus, then you are not interpreting the Bible in the way that God himself says you should. This doesn’t mean that every Old Testament or New Testament passage points to Jesus in exactly the same way. But every passage points to Jesus in some way.” Andy Naselli

“The riches of the glory of God are perceived through reading. It is wonderful because reading is ordinary, but the unsearchable riches of Christ are so extraordinary. It’s as if he said that you fly by sitting. Or that you can be on top of Mount Everest by breathing. By reading we can see divine glory! By the most ordinary act, we can see the most wonderful reality. A surge of joy goes through me when I think about this. In that book, by the act of reading, I may see the glory of God. O Lord, incline my heart to that book and not to vanity! That is my prayer-for myself and you.” John Piper