Sermon Quotes: "The First Christians"

“Here was a crisis point in the history of the early church, for much depended on Barnabas’s reaction, counsel, and report-not only at Antioch itself, but also at Jerusalem and in the later advance of the gospel through Paul’s missions.” Richard Longenecker

“They must have taught about Christ, making sure that the converts knew both the facts and the significance of his life, death, resurrection, exaltation, Spirit-gift, present reign and future coming. Is it because the word ‘Christ’ was constantly on their lips that ‘the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch’?” John Stott

“God has planned for us to understand the Bible with the help of human teachers. Another way to say it is that God reveals more of himself through his word when it is read in community than he does when it is read in isolation. The New Testament shows repeatedly that Jesus Christ gives teachers to his church ‘to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up the body of Christ’ (Eph. 4:11-12). Those teachers do not replace the Bible as God’s inspired word. They help us understand it.” John Piper

“So significant was the growth of the church in size and maturity that ‘the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.’ The name suggests ‘belonging to Christ’ or the people who ‘habitually named the name of Christ.’ They were known as Christ’s people because they spoke so often of Christ and were followers of his way.” David Peterson

“And as I say it, I want to make clear what I mean:

*I admire Jesus Christ more than any other human or angelic being.

*I enjoy his ways and his words more than I enjoy the ways and words of anyone else.

*I want his approval more than I want the approval of anyone else.

*I want to be with him more than I want to be with anyone else.

*I feel more grateful to him for what he has done for me than I do anyone else.

*I trust his words more fully than I trust what anyone else says.

*I am more glad in his exaltation than in the exaltation of anyone else, including me.

Would you pray with me that we would love Jesus Christ more than we ever have” John Piper