Christ’s deep affection for the church…

“Once we grasp Christ’s deep affection for the church, we cannot help but begin to share it. We become devoted.” -Sam Allberry, Why bother with church?, p.92. Advertisements

Worth the labour…

“If the church is worth Christ’s blood, then it is certainly worth its leaders labour.” -Sam Allberry, Why bother with church?, p.61.

Church is the beloved bride of Jesus…

“So the church is the beloved bride of Jesus. Church is not his hobby; it is his marriage-and it’s ours too.” -Sam Allberry, Why bother with the church?, p.23.

Prayer…

“Prayer is not informing God of something he does not already know. Nor is prayer seeking to get God to change his mind. It is the adoring submission of the creature to the Creator, of the disciple to the Master. He knows. He cares. He is your Abba, your dear Father. So when you pray,…

Beholding God’s Glory…

“The more I behold God’s glory in the gospel, the more lovely He appears to me. And the more lovely He appears, the more self fades into the background like a former love-interest who can no longer compete for my affections.” -Milton Vincent, ‘The Glories of God’s Love’, p. 24.

Acquaintedness with our Privileges…

“The greatest hinderance we have in the Christian life is not our lack of effort but our lack of acquaintedness with our privileges.” – John Owen

Pride & Humility…

“Pride wilts in the atmosphere of the gospel; and the more pride is mortified within me, the less frequent are my moments of sinful contention with God and with others. Conversely, humility grows lushly in the atmosphere of the gospel, and the more humility flourishes within me, the more I experience God’s grace, along with…

A feeling for divinity…

“Therefore since from the beginning of the world no country, town or even household has managed to do without religion, there we have a tacit admission that in the heart of every being is stamped a feeling for divinity.” -John Calvin, Institutes, Book1:Chapter 2.

God’s marvellous tenderness…

“God is as good when He denies as when He grants. Though we often see the marvellous tenderness of our God, it is not necessary that we see it to make it true. Our God is wise as a father and tender as a mother. While we cannot comprehend His methods, we still believe in his…

God’s goodness…

“I suppose that one of the engagements of heaven will be to observe how kindly our God has dealt with us upon the road. At any rate, when we come to the glory land, only the life that was spent in communion with God will we deem to have been true life. Link us with…

The Atonement…

“The atonement is the brain and spinal chord of Christianity. Take away the cleansing blood, and what is left for the guilty? Deny the substitutionary work of Jesus, and you have denied all that is precious in the New Testament. Never let us endure one wavering, doubtful thought about this all-important truth.” -Charles Spurgeon, Grace: God’s…

Grace…

“I wish I had a voice of thunder to proclaim in ever street of London this glorious doctrine: ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)’ ” -Charles Spurgeon,…