We Go Desparately Wrong

“Lovelessness,” “apathy,” and “habitual sin” are diagnoses of spiritual death.  We go desperately wrong, however, when we think we can fix those things by correcting our behavior.  Faith in the gospel is always God’s prognosis.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page

Love for God

Love for God, Scripture says, flows  from His love for us (I John 4:19).  The only way that love for God and others grows in us is through faith in the story of God’s great love for us – the gospel.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page

The Treasure Worth Leaving Everything For

Jesus is the treasure worth leaving everything for.  Knowing Him will turn sacrifice into sweetness and duty into delight.  Even when your commitment to Him leads you to a cross, He will be a treasure that shrouds that cross in joy.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page

We Cannot, By Any Means, Quit Preaching

Can’t you hear people during that time say, “What good is preaching if people among us are starving and suffering?  The time for preaching is over and the time for action is here.”  However, the Apostles, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, say the dangerous temptation put in front of them and said “Nothing can eclipse the importance of preaching the Word.  We’ll ask God to help us raise up others who can meet those needs.  We cannot, by any means, quit preaching.

– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Acts 6:1-5

as quoted by Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 235

They Cannot Replace Preaching

Our generosity, joy, love and miraculous power only put on display the glorious gospel we proclaim with our words.  They cannot replace preaching.  Signs are only good if it is clear what they are signifying.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 233