Sermon Quotes of the Month – October

From John 12-14:

“Peter had more confidence in his own loyalties to Jesus than he had in Jesus’ loyelty to him; Peter’s problem was that he trusted himself and his own abilities, rather than trusting Jesus and His ability.”
“The story of Peter is a reminder that Jesus is bigger than our failures; but also that Jesus will deal with and refine our failures.”
“The loyalty of Christ WILL NOT forsake you.”

“The main purpose of John 14-17 is Jesus’ opening statement, ‘Let not your hearts be troubled.’ This is primarily done by BELIEVING. Jesus then proceeds to explain WHY our hearts should not be troubled.”
1 – “The Father is not distant; He is here now. The Father and Son are present with us because the Spirit is here.”
2 – “The work of the kingdom continues.”
3 – “We will continue to have access to Jesus.”

“Jesus draws us near to the Father by the work of the Spirit.”
By the Spirit, Jesus gives us:
1 – Advocacy, not accusation
2 – Adoption, not abandonment
3 – Acceptance, not anxiety
“Our acceptance is based on His promises, not our actions.”
“The anxieties of our hearts are a good barometer of what we are trusting.”
“When your heart is struggling and divided, sin will tell you that you are alone. Jesus is telling the disciples and reminding us that we are not alone.”
“When you feel ill at ease and without peace, you need to recalibrate your inner compass, to reorient your heart’s dependence on Christ.”

Sermon Quotes of the Month – September

From John 11:45-13:17

“When the world seeks to overthrow God’s plan, they always play right into it.”
“Judas couldn’t fool Jesus. And neither can you.”
“We, like Mary, should lose sight of ourselves by our high view of Jesus.”

“The heart of the Gospel is the overthrow of ME.”
“We won’t understand true glory until we see the glory of living to please God rather than men.”
“We don’t work FOR the favor of God; we work FROM the favor of God.”

Belief and unbelief often war within us, and frequently the struggle is because of our desire for autonomy – SELF RULE.
“God is obligated to save none. He is gracious to save many.”
“Despite all the signs that Jesus performed, many still would not believe; the ONLY thing that changes hearts is the work of the Spirit through the power of the cross and resurrection.”
“When you are struggling with your doubts and sins, run TO the cross, not away from it.”
“John, in his gospel, wants us to remember to keep first things first. And the first thing is BELIEF.”