Sermon Quotes: "The Aftermath"

“The church of God is a subject that stands at the very heart of the Bible. For the church is the object of the redemption which the Bible proclaims. It was to save the church that the Son of God became man and died; God purchased his church at the cost of Christ’s blood. It is through the church that God makes known his redeeming wisdom to the hosts of heaven. It is within the church that the individual Christian finds the ministries of grace, the means of growth, and his primary sphere for service. We cannot properly understand the purpose of God, nor the method of grace, nor the kingdom of Christ, nor the work of the Holy Spirit, nor the meaning of world history without studying the doctrine of the church.” J.I. Packer

“The transition from verse 41 to verse 42 cannot be sufficiently underlined. Verse 42’s opening word is ‘they were’, a plural verb. To respond to the invitation of the exalted Jesus, through repentance and baptism, and receive His gifts of forgiveness and new life in the Holy Spirit is to be brought into community. The New Testament, no less than the Old, knows nothing of a solitary religion…The act of God saving us immediately sets us in the community of the Spirit, the body of Christ…Pentecost birthed a community, not a collection of persons each claiming a new spiritual experience.” Bruce Milne

“Fellowship is one of the great words of the New Testament: it denotes something that is vital to a Christian’s spiritual health, and central to the church’s true life…For the people of God to recover the true meaning of fellowship is a crying need at the present time…The church gains strength through fellowship, and loses strength without it…The Greek word translated ‘fellowship’ in our English Bible expresses the idea of sharing, or having something in common with somebody else.” J.I. Packer

“Even an ordinary meal among Jews, of course, would have had something of a sacred flavor. In a Christian setting, where hearts were warmed by devotion, it would have been an occasion for joy, love, and praise connected inevitably with Jesus.” Richard Longenecker

“It might sound trite, but a large part of the church’s witness to the world is simply being the church in worship. Paul himself comments that when an unbeliever accidently turns up at a church service, he should be struck by the otherworldly holiness of what is going on. The most powerful witness to the gospel is the church herself, simply going about the witness of worship. Many Christians talk of engaging the culture. In fact, the culture is most dramatically engaged by the church presenting it with another culture, another form of community, rooted in her liturgical worship practices and manifested in the loving community that exists both in and beyond the worship service.” Carl Trueman

“He did not add them to the church without saving them (no nominal Christianity), nor did he save them without adding them to the church (no solitary Christianity either). Salvation and church membership belong together. They still do.” John Stott

“The biblical picture is not of what someone receives from the church, although one does receive a great deal, but of what one gives and how one contributes to it.” Darrell Bock

“At the end of the day we need to remember that ‘Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her’ (Eph. 5:25) applies not only to the entire church but our congregation as well. And that being the case we should follow his example…If Jesus Christ is your Savior, and if he loved the church and died for the church are you prepared to live in and for that church for which he died? That is a core value. And it is church membership in a nutshell.” Sinclair Ferguson