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Sunday Sermon Quotes: A Shocking Statement, A Glorious Surprise

Quotations from CJ's sermon this past Sunday on Mark 7:24-30.

"Tyre probably represented the most extreme expression of paganism both actually and symbolically, that a Jew could expect to encounter." James Edwards

"Of all the people who approach Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, this individual has the most against her from a Jewish perspective. Verse 26 reads like a crescendo of demerit…Even Levi the tax collector must have raised his eyebrows at this woman." James Edwards

"You say you feel overwhelmed with guilt and a sense of unworthiness? Well, indeed you cannot be too aware of the evils inside yourself, but you may be, indeed you are, improperly controlled and affected by them. You say it is hard to understand how a holy God could accept such an awful person as yourself. You then express a low opinion of yourself, which is right, but also too low an opinion of the person, work, and promises of the Redeemer, which is wrong." John Newton

"You are more wicked than you ever dared believe but you are more loved than you ever dared hope. Don't be too proud to accept what the gospel say's about your unworthiness. Don't be too despondent to accept what the gospel says about how loved you are." Tim Keller

"How many of us will get to throne and with a twinge of regret say, 'If only I had known You were this gracious.'" Sinclair Ferguson