Archives For Quotes
“Christians must be like their neighbors in the food they eat and clothes they wear, their dialect, general appearance, work life, recreational and cultural activities, and civic engagement. They participate fully in life with their neighbors. Christians should also be like their neighbors with regard to excellence. That is, Christians should be very good at what others want to be good at. They should be skillful, diligent, resourceful, and disciplined. In short, Christians in a particular community should–at first glance–look reassuringly similar to the other people in the neighborhood. This opens up nonbelievers to any discussion of faith, because they recognize the believers as people who live in an understand their world. It also, eventually, gives them a glimpse of what they could look like if they became believers.”
– Tim Keller, Center Church
“Everyone is busy, and we all have different stories and struggle with different issues that compete for our attention and time. We all should be concerned about how much we cram into our schedules. If we truly want to be great neighbors, we are going to have to make some adjustments. And that may mean God will call you to say no to some good things so you can focus on the things that are really important.”
– Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon, The Art of Neighboring
“Many of our approaches to evangelism still assume a Christendom mentality. We expect people to come when we ring the church bell or put on a good service, but the majority of the population are disconnected from church. Changing what we do in church will not reach them. We need to meet them in the context of everyday life.”
– Steve Timmis and Tim Chester, Everyday Church
“If we don’t take Jesus’ command (to love our neighbor) literally, then we turn the Great Commandment into nothing more than a metaphor. We have a metaphoric love for our metaphoric neighbors, and our communities are changed–but only metaphorically, of course. In other words, nothing changes.”
– Jay Pathak and Dave Runyan, The Art of Neighboring
“With every increase of mercy you receive from God there will be an accompanying increase of responsibility. . . . As you grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and receive more and more of His mercies with each passing day, your repentance must keep pace. Any failure here is an open demonstration of a lack of love and appreciation for the boundless mercies of our Lord Jesus Christ. Tragic is the case of any individual whose repentance does not increase with the gifts and graces of God he daily receives.”
– Richard Owen Roberts, Repentance: The First Word of the Gospel, 297.
“We need to realize that while God’s acceptance of each Christian believer is perfect from the start, our repentance always needs to be extended further as long as we are in this world. Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.”
– J.I. Packer, Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God, 87.
“The soul is never quiet till it comes to God . . . and that is the one thing the soul desireth.”
– Richard Sibbes, “A Breathing After God,” in Works. Vol. 2:217-18.
“A man knows no more in religion than he loves and embraceth with the affections of his soul.”
– Richard Sibbes, “Fountain Opened,” in Works. Vol. 5:478.
“The Christian will desire to see the beauty of God in his house, that his soul might be ravished in the excellency of the object, and that the highest powers of his soul, his understanding, will, and affections might be fully satisfied, that he might have full contentment.”
– Richard Sibbes, “A Breathing After God,” in Works. Vol. 2:237-38.
“Therefore, when we find our heart inflamed with love to God, we may know that God hath shined upon our souls in the pardon of sin; and proportionally to our measure of love is our assurance of pardon. Therefore we should labour for a greater measure thereof, that our hearts may be the more inflamed in the love of God.”
– Richard Sibbes, “The Returning Backslider,” in Works. Vol. 2:264.
“The brain could not give convincing witness to conversion because religion could be well known to the understanding, and yet a stranger in the heart. Such was the case with hypocrites.”
– Mark Dever, quoting Richard Sibbes, “Divine Meditations and Holy Contemplations,” in Works. Vol. 7:200-01.
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
– John Piper
“I shall never cease to be grateful to . . . Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at a period of my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil. . . . I found at that time that Richard Sibbes, who was known in London in the early seventeenth century as ‘The Heavenly Doctor Sibbes” was an unfailing remedy . . . The Bruised Reed . . . quietened, soothed, comforted, encouraged, and healed me.”
– Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“Sibbes never wastes the student’s time; he scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon
“Of this blest man, let this just praise be given: heaven was in him, before he was in heaven.”
– Izaak Walton (contemporary of Sibbes)
“No man that ever I was acquainted with got so far into my heart or lay so close therein.”
– Zachary Catlin (contemporary of Sibbes)
“His theology is thoroughly orthodox, of course, but it is like the fuel of some great combustion engine, always passing into flame and so being converted into energy thereby to serve God and, even more, to enjoy and relish God with the soul.”
– Maurice Roberts
“No writings in practical theology seem to have been so much read in the mid-seventeenth century among the pious English middle classes as those of Sibbes.”
– David Masson
“Sibbes sermons were the most brilliant and popular of all the utterances of the Puritan church militant.”
– William Haller
“Sibbes concentrated on exploring the love, power, and patience of Christ, and the riches of the promises of God. He was a pioneer in working out the devotional application of the doctrine of God’s covenant of grace.”
– J.I. Packer