Sermon Quotes: "From Riches to Rags"

“Genuine love will show up in the checkbook.” David Garland

“As often happens in his letters, some of Paul’s most profound Christological moments appear in places one might least expect them.” Gordon Fee

“The pre-incarnate Christ occupied a position of the highest imaginable eminence…He was in the words of Frank Houghton’s hymn ‘rich beyond all splendor (2 Cor. 8:9). He possessed all the majesty of deity, performed all its functions and enjoyed all its prerogatives. He was adored by the Father and worshipped by the angels. He existed in unclouded serenity. His supremacy was total, his satisfaction complete, his blessedness perfect. Such a condition was not something he had secured by effort. It was the way things were, and had always been; and there was no reason why they should change. But change they did…” Donald Macleod

“One day as I was passing into a field…this sentence fell upon my soul. ‘Thy righteousness is in heaven.’ And I saw with the eyes of my soul Jesus Christ at God’s right hand; there, I say, was my righteousness: so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say of me, he lacks my righteousness, for that was just before him. I also saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse, for my righteousness was Jesus Christ himself, ‘The same yesterday, today, and forever’ (Heb. 13:8). Now did my chains fall off my legs indeed. I was loosed from my afflictions and irons; my temptations fled away; so that from that time those dreadful Scriptures of God about the unforgivable sin left off to trouble me; now went I also home rejoicing for the grace and love of God.” John Bunyan

“Well, now, if he did all this for the sake of us, who are so unworthy, what ought you and I to do for his sake, who is so worthy?” Charles Spurgeon