Whoever faithfully administers the Word will be exposed to a contest with the world.
John Calvin, as quoted by Oswalt
I want to suggest that wherever you can as a young man or one involved in any way in training young men, you point them toward manhood, maturity, adulthood, responsibility, ambition, strategy, vision, focus. Yes, it can be fun to be boyish. But you know what’s far more satisfying? Becoming something. Becoming something greater than you are. Becoming a man. Building stuff.
Worship produces a marveling effect that deeply satisfies our hearts so that we come to a point where we don’t feel the need to sin just to be happy.
Adapted from John Piper
Our obsession... our scorecard must always must be shaped by a desire to see lives transformed by the power of Christ, not just to run certain mathematical formulas to grow.
...the focus of many in the Church Growth Movement was more on formulas than on faithfulness.
The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object.
C.S. Lewis via Jared Wilson’s Gospel Deeps
The man who attempts Christianity without the church shoots himself in the foot, shoots his children in the leg, and shoots his grandchildren in the heart.
There is no higher compliment that can be paid to a Christian than to call him a godly person. He might be a conscientious parent, a zealous church worker, a dynamic spokesman for Christ, or a talented Christian leader; but none of these things matters if, at the same time, he is not a godly person.
Every unredeemed life cries out for the gospel, like a fish on the riverbank gasping for water. Many in the world have given up hope. They have seen the limits of science, technology, medicine, politics and education, and they turn to opiates to forget- drugs, drink and religious mysticism. Like the mythical hydra, evil grows two heads for every one that we cut off. This monster needs the dagger of the cross of Christ plunged into its heart.
The true usefulness of our preaching will not be known to us until each fruit on all the branches on all the trees that have sprung up from all the seeds we’ve sown has fully ripened in the sunshine of eternity.
God may not answer you exhaustively but He will answer you sufficiently.
Pastor Nixon Ng, Anchors Aweigh Singles Camp
That a man is a minister is no guarantee that he shall not be cast into hell-fire! The instances of apostasy within our own ranks stare at us, like the skeletons of lost travelers, among the sands of our desert-way. No temptation has befallen them but that which is common to man. The apparitions of clerical drunkards, and the like, should forewarn us. ‘Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall!’