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Sermon Quotes: "Unexpected Delight"

“The grace of God is love freely shown toward guilty sinners, contrary to their merit and indeed in defiance of their demerit. It is God showing goodness to persons who deserve only severity and had no reason to expect anything but severity. Once a person is convinced that his state and need are as described, the New Testament gospel of grace cannot but sweep him off his feet with wonder and joy. For it tells us how our Judge has become our Savior.” J.I. Packer

“I ask any saved man to look back upon his conversion and explain how it came about.” Charles Spurgeon

“The new birth is not a work of man. No human makes the new birth happen. No preacher or writer can make it happen. You can’t make it happen to yourself. God makes it happen. It happens to us, not by us.” John Piper

“I can tell you that in the most difficult things I have been called to deal with in my own life, the way I have dealt with them is just by going right to the throne and saying, “You know, it ends up really, really good,” and then just backing up from there. I might not see how we get there from my place in a situation that causes such pain, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that it does end up there. So I’m just going to import my joy from there. I am confident in what it’s going to be like for all eternity in Christ, so I’m just going to borrow a little of that for today and use it to help me walk through whatever this day holds.” Mark Dever

“The Amen enabled the readers and us to place a personal seal upon the adoration expressed by Peter.” Edmond Hiebert