Sunday Sermon Quotes: "This Is Serious"

“We may dull the saying’s sharp edge so much that no one takes notice…Our culture prefers it that way. We prefer to soften the harshness of the guilt, assuage the fear of hell, and live in peaceful compromise with the world. Jesus, however, deliberately chose harsh, scandalous imagery to alert disciples that their lives tremble in the balance. One should be careful not to mute the imagery or muffle Jesus alarm.” -David Garland

“God never reveals our hearts to discourage us. Convicting us of sin is one of the most profound ways God demonstrates his love for us. He is committed to completing his work in us. He will not allow us live with hearts that are enslaved. He works in every situation so that we would know the freedom his death purchased for us. The conviction of our hearts is a sign that we are dearly loved children who have not only been forgiven of our sins, but are in the process of being delivered from them.” -Paul Tripp

“A sobering warning against inhibiting, injuring or destroying the faith of simple and ordinary disciples. The Greek word translated ‘cause to sin’ means ‘to cause to stumble’ or ‘to offend.’ And in this instance refers to destroying the faith of a fellow believer or causing a believer to fall away from God.” -James Edwards

“He is not really suggesting that we engage in acts of self mutilation in order to be free from sin. Rather, he is underlining the fact that is not a spiritual reality which has no relation to daily life. On the contrary, we express our sinfulness through what we do with our hands, what we gaze at with our eyes, where we go to on our feet.” -Sinclair Ferguson

“The sin that is most destructive in your life right now is the one you are most defensive about.” -Tim Keller

“The sayings are a hyperbolic attempt by Jesus to warn his audience that there is no sin worth going to hell for. Better to repent, no matter how painful that repentance may be, and follow Jesus, whatever the cost, than to perish in hell.” -Robert Stein

“There is no mercy in keeping back from men the subject of hell. Fearful and tremendous as it is, it ought to be pressed on all, as one of the great truths of Christianity. Our loving Savior speaks frequently of it. The servants of God in these days must not be ashamed of confessing their belief in it. Were there no precious blood Christ able to cleanse away all sin, we might well keep silence about the wrath to come. But there is mercy for all who ask in Christ’s name. Let us then boldly and unhesitatingly maintain there is a hell, and beseech men to flee from it, before it be too late. It is not possible to say too much about Christ. But it is possible to say too little about hell.” -J.C. Ryle

“In the Old Testament, the sacrifices made in the temple were seasoned with salt (Lev 2:13). Jesus seems to be saying here that as we offer our lives to Christ, we too will become like those sacrifices. But we will be seasoned with fire, not salt--the trials which will purge away all the dross of our Christian lives…Perhaps this is the background to what Peter was later to write about the importance of not being surprised by the fiery trial (1 Peter 1:6-7; 4:12). Through it our faith will emerge, tested and purified for Christ’s glory.” -Sinclair Ferguson