Sermon Quotes: "Death, the Evangelist"

“We admit that we shall die, but not so soon as to make it a pressing matter. We imagine that we are not within measurable distance of the tomb. Brethren, in this we are not wise. Death will not spare us because we avoid him.” Charles Spurgeon

“In the dusty communities of Biblical times, scented oils and other fragrances were valuable commodities. Yet having a name that people admire for integrity is even more valuable. Solomon calls us to wear the cologne of good character. Consider therefore, what kind of name you are making for yourself. When people think of you, what character traits come to mind? Are they the characteristics of Christ? Character is what character does, and sooner or later you will be known for the character you keep. Make a good name-not for yourself but for Jesus.” Phil Ryken

“The Preacher has learned that there are two types of people at funerals. The fool sits there thinking how unbearably grim this is and can’t wait to be outside in the sunshine and back to what he was doing, and to get out to the pub in the evening. But the wise person sits in the funeral home and stares at the coffin and realizes that one day it will be his turn. The wise person asks himself, ‘When it is my turn, what will my life have been worth? What will they be saying about me?’ He loved his bowling and his partying and his holidays. Is that it?” David Gibson

“But why death? Death is God’s limit on creatures whose sin is they want to be gods. We are not gods; and by death we learn that we are only human. Death is God’s determination to limit our arrogance.” Don Carson

“Human beings are supposed to enjoy life to the full because that is their divinely assigned portion, and God calls one into account for the failure to enjoy…Enjoyment is not only permitted, it is commanded; it is not only an opportunity, it is a divine imperative.” C.L. Seow

“His gifts are also meant to make us homesick for heaven precisely because they’re so good…God’s good world is there to be enjoyed in relationship with others, and we eat and drink together now in anticipation of our feasting together then. Every meal is a foretaste, an appetizer, for the banquet yet to come…Those without Christ often abandon themselves to eating and drinking because sometimes it looks as if that’s all there is to do before we die. But those who love Christ cherish eating and drinking because it looks a little like what we will do after we die. The gifts are from a real country. They smell and taste and feel like home.” David Gibson