Sermon Quotes: "The View from the Hilltop of Time"

“New Years finds me employed. I compare it to a hill on the road, from the top of which I endeavor to look back on the way the Lord has led me thus far through the wilderness. I look around to contemplate the difference his goodness has made between my situation, and that of thousands of my fellow creatures. I then look forward, and perceive that I am drawing apace to my journey’s end. I shall soon be at home.” John Newton

“Provides us with an opportunity to pause on the path and to stand humbly on the hilltop of time to look back on grace received, to cherish the sustaining grace of God upholding us now, and to anticipate future graces yet to come in 2021.” Tony Reinke

“The revelation of the Name is a supreme act of God’s grace, making himself accessible and knowable, making himself Israel’s God.” Richard Bauckham

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved…” Eph. 2:1-5

“We took no part in it. It was done for us-we woke up to find it was true.” Alec Motyer

“The two images of renewal are not only striking: they are complementary. The first of them is all suddenness, a sheer gift from heaven; the second is slow and arduous, with man allotted a crucial part to play in it.” Derek Kidner

“So here’s the lesson: When there are simple, straightforward jobs to be done, and you are full of sadness, and tears are flowing easily, go ahead and do the jobs with tears. Be realistic. Say to your tears: ‘Tears, I feel you. You make me want to quit life. But there is a field to be sown (dishes to be washed, car to be fixed, sermon to be written). I know you will wet my face several times today, but I have work to do and you will just have to go with me. I intend to take a bag of seeds and sow. If you come along then you will just have to wet the rows.’” John Piper

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Cor. 9:6

“Countless generations have looked up from their hard work and seemingly fruitless labor strengthened by this promise.” James Boice

“So this psalm, speaking first to its own times, speaks still. Miracles of the past it bids us treat as measures of the future; dry places as potential rivers; hard toil and good seed as the certain prelude to a harvest.” Derek Kidner

“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that would make for peace!” Luke 19:41-42