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

I John’s Portrait of a Christian

For John (I John 4:19-21), love between believers isn’t a sign of maturity; its a sign of saving faith.  If people’s church involvement is motivated entirely out of what’s in it for them, where do they fit in I John’s portrait of a Christian?

– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 52

It Is Entirely Impossible

It’s impossible to really experience the grace of the gospel and not be transformed into a person of kindness, generosity, and love.  When we experience the generosity of the gospel, we will naturally extend that generosity to others.  We become people with a generous spirit, and that affects how we treat others and what we do with our money, time and talents.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 109-110

God Forbid!

If obedience be the thing in question, looking unto Jesus is the objective that melts the soul into love and gratitude!  Those who greatly love, and are greatly obliged find obedience to be easy.  When Jesus is upon our thoughts, either in His humbled or His exalted state; either as bleeding on the cross or as worshiped by all the host of heaven then we can ask the apostle’s question with a befitting disdain, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!” (Romans 6:1)  What! shall I sin against my Lord, my love, my Friend – who once died for my sins, and now lives and reigns on my behalf!  What! shall I sin against my Redeemer who supports, and leads, and guides, and feed me every day?  God forbid!

– John Newton

as quoted by – Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 191-192