Sermon Quotes: "Deja Vu All Over Again"

[Envy is] resentment that it’s going well for the other person and not for you.” John Piper

“What an envier wants is not, first of all, what another has; what an envier wants is for another not to have it…The envier has empty hands and therefore wants to empty the hands of the envied. Envy, moreover, carries overtones of personal resentment; an envier resents not only somebody else’s blessing but also the one who has been blessed” Cornelius Plantinga

“These sins always leave the same carnage in their wake: mistrust, conflict, divisions, dissensions, and strife. Envy inevitably tears people apart. It is corrosive to genuine fellowship and camaraderie. It makes friendship and unity impossible. It undermines all of the glorious ‘one-anothering’ that the gospel calls us to: love one another, encourage one another, accept one another, honor one another, serve one another, be kind to one another, bear with one another, and so on. The wolf-pack of envy is the death of gospel-shaped community.” Joe Rigney

“A humble man is willing to have his name and gifts eclipsed, so that God’s glory may be increased. He is content to be outshone by others in gifts and esteem, so that the crown of Christ may shine the brighter. . . A humble Christian is content to be laid aside if God has any other tools to work with which may bring him more glory.” Thomas Watson

“Luke assures his readers immediately that the opposition of men did not hinder the Word of God. The Sadducees could arrest the apostles, but not the gospel.” John Stott

“Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself.” N. D. Wilson

“The first thing we should know if we are trying to do something worthwhile and are being opposed, is that it is because we are achieving something.” James Boice

“Luke’s expression is ‘a beautiful antithesis (the honor to be dishonored, the grace to be disgraced)’.” They were in fact doing what in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus had told them to do, namely rejoicing in persecution. Moreover, they again boldly defied the court's prohibition, for day after day, in public and in private, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ." John Stott