Sermon Quotes: "Flee and Fight"

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” J.R.R. Tolkien

“When the devil throws our sins up to us and declares that we deserve death and hell, we ought to speak thus, ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it? Does this mean I will be sentenced to damnation? By no means. For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction in my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Where he is, there I shall be also.” Martin Luther

“An exclusive preoccupation with pleasing Christ. Believers give satisfaction to their Master not only by obeying him, but also by devising innovative ways of pleasing him. ‘We make it our ambition,” says Paul, “to be completely pleasing to him” (2 Cor. 5:9)’ This was Paul’s magnificent obsession.” Murray Harris

“The full force of Paul’s first exhortation can be appreciated only in light of the prevailing sexual practices and attitudes of his day. For his challenge to the Thessalonians that they separate themselves from all kinds of sexual immorality would have surely sounded strange in a Greco-Roman world that tolerated and even encouraged, at least in the case of men, various forms of extramarital sexual activity…The converts in Thessalonica, however, were to follow a different standard of behavior, that of holiness. And this standard of holiness demands that they ‘separate themselves from sexual immorality,’ that they make holiness in sexual conduct a boundary marker that separates or distinguishes them from the pagan community to which they previously belonged.” Jeffrey Weima

“In a world where evildoers all too often unjustly oppress others seemingly without penalty, it is comforting to hear about a future day when an avenger will come and take what is wrong and make it right.” Jeffrey Weima

“Boys and men today regularly indulge in pornography-even guys who profess to be Christians. By ‘indulging in pornography,’ I mean that you sinfully allow yourself to enjoy the pleasure of printed or visual material that explicitly describes or displays sexual body parts or activity in order to stimulate erotic feelings. The most common way this is happening in our culture is by viewing sexually charged images and videos on the internet. My goal is to motivate you to say no to pornography by God’s grace.” Andy Naselli