The Quotable Round-Up #37

For this week we are featuring quotes from J. A. Medders and Brandon Smith’s latest book titled “Rooted”. Hope you’ll like it and please pick up a copy.

“The church, Christ’s body, is called to live now in the light of the future.” –J. A. Medders and Brandon Smith, Rooted

“Everlasting forgiveness is found with Jesus, by faith alone in his death for our sins and in his resurrection from the dead.” –J. A. Medders and Brandon Smith, Rooted

“When sin entered the world, God didn’t turn a blind eye. In his justice and mercy, he’s provided the Savior.” –J. A. Medders and Brandon Smith, Rooted

“What we need today is a gospel-minded bucket list. In eternity, you won’t be able to travel to Thailand and tell unreached peoples about Jesus. You won’t be able to give your money to pro-life movements. You won’t be able to evangelize your friends and family members, urging them to look to Jesus. That’s for now. Today. Right now. This is the mindset we need today.” –J. A. Medders and Brandon Smith, Rooted

“True worship is glorifying God in all of life—to the perimeters and edges of life.” –J. A. Medders and Brandon Smith, Rooted

“If you have a paralyzing fear of death, you are living as one who has no hope. You are living with a bad eschatology.” –J. A. Medders and Brandon Smith, Rooted

“Christians have no need to fear death because we are going to be raised from the dead, joining Jesus in a resurrection like his.” –J. A. Medders and Brandon Smith, Rooted

“Now, our greatest accomplishment is something we didn’t do, but rather something that’s been done for us and in us. We boast in Jesus’s cross.” –J. A. Medders and Brandon Smith, Rooted

 

The Quotable Round-Up #34

Howdy partners! Here’s your weekly dose of quotes featuring the book “God’s Word, Our Story” published by Crossway. Enjoy and God bless!

“When we hear God’s Word read and taught, it does much more than reveal our sin; it reveals our Savior. God’s good word to his people is that our sin will not get the final word in our lives. His grace and mercy will get the final word.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“Because of grace, when we hear and understand God’s Word, we are not left to simmer in a pool of regret and shame. Sorrow over sin must give way to joy.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“Knowing that it is the Lord’s joy to extend grace to sinners gives us strength to live for him and love him rather than run from him.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“Week after week, as we gather as God’s people, and the Word of God is read and we’re given the sense of it so that we understand it, we rightly feel the weight of our failure to be all that God has intended for us to be. But he does not send us away in sorrow. Instead, we are invited to his table, where we feast on his broken body and his shed blood, so that we leave with great rejoicing. We find that partaking in the Lord’s feast fills us with the Lord’s joy.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“Have you discovered that saying yes to God’s commands actually brings you greater joy than whatever it is that tempts you to ignore or defy what God has commanded?” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“All who were once unclean and have now been made clean by the blood of an all-sufficient sacrifice will, on that day, be made holy to live in God’s presence in the ultimate Most Holy Place called the new heaven and new earth.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“Why would we settle for the happiness the world offers when we are being invited into the joy of the Lord? Why would we ever search for the happiness our hearts long for anywhere other than in “the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10)?” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

The Quotable Round-Up #33

Hello guys! Here’s your weekly dose of quotes featuring the book “God’s Word, Our Story” published by Crossway. Enjoy and God bless!

“The highest joy for the people of God was and is to be at home in God’s city. And that is God’s joy as well.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“God has always been and always will be about the work of bringing people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to himself.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“We can face disappointment and disaster, and ultimately we can face death strengthened in the knowledge that our lives cannot be ruined, they cannot be snuffed out. Our names will not be, cannot be, blotted out from God’s book.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“God speaks to us, revealing to us who he is and what he has done, helping us understand who we are in relationship to him, through his written Word.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“Oh, that God might raise up men and women in our day who are hungry for the book—hungrier for the book than we are for an inspirational or entertaining experience, hungrier for the book than we are for Pinterest-worthy aesthetics, hungrier for the book than for good advice to solve what we see as our most significant problems; hungry to hear God’s voice break through the busyness of raising children, the ding of  another email message arriving, the draw of popular bloggers; willing to let God set the agenda of the conversation; open to what he says even if it doesn’t sit well; invested in growing in a right understanding; convinced that what he says is the truest truth, the most solid foundation, the most nourishing food; and certain that his promises are our surest expectation and that obeying his commands will generate our deepest joys.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“The deeper your understanding of God’s Word goes, the more his Word becomes interwoven into the fabric of your life and the more you experience his strength.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

“Just as the man who built his house upon the rock by working the Word into his life was strengthened so that when the storm came, his house did not fall (Matt. 7:25), you will be strengthened to face the inevitable storms of life as you hear, understand, and live in light of God’s Word.” – Nancy Guthrie, God’s Word, Our Story

The Quotable Round-Up #32

Hello guys! Here’s your weekly dose of quotes featuring the book “God’s Word, Our Story” published by Crossway. Enjoy and God bless!

“If you’re Chinese  and you become a Christian, you don’t become an African Christian. You don’t become a European Christian. You’re a Chinese  Christian. But your Christianity goes underneath your Chineseness. Likewise, it goes underneath your Italianness. It goes underneath your being a nurse or a lawyer. It goes underneath being an  abused child. It goes underneath anything. It goes to the uttermost  foundations.”–Tim Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

We can  know many things and be quite intelligent, but if our knowledge  is not founded upon and encased in the fear of God, then we just  don’t get it”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“The fear of God, which is  a huge concept in the Scriptures, is the awe, the reverence, the  honor, and the worship demanded by the majesty of his person,  his power, and his position. This fear is the only proper response  to the God of the Bible. He is, of course, to be before all things in  our hearts, because he is before all things in reality. Therefore, this  fear is supremely rational.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“The gracious restoration of a right relationship through  God’s covenant with his people is the story of the rest of the Bible.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“A servile fear is appropriate for  those not belonging to God; a filial fear replaces that servile fear  and then characterizes those who are the people of God.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“The  fear of God always motivates our living and our doing. The fear  of God is not a contemplation. It is a motivation.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

Book Review: “Rooted” by J. A. Medders and Brandon D. Smith

The title “Rooted” gives me the impression that this is just a “one cool word” books that are already out in the market. What got me excited is the subtitle “Theology for Growing Christians”.  So this short book is about theology. Actually they call this a “primer” that deals with the basics doctrine of Christianity. So this book doesn’t cover all the doctrines that we believers affirm.

As I read “Rooted” I can assure you that Smith and Medders really delivers and does connect the message to the readers. They know what they are saying and they can convey it in the manner that show the book is enough to be a primer and meaty enough to have great content. Medders provided an easy to digest and accessible explanations similar to his previous book “Gospel Formed” (which you should check it out too). They dropped the ivory tower jargons with millennial-friendly words which can reach believers (and unbelievers as well) whether new or seasoned.

Chapter 1 discusses the Trinity and how Godhead relates to each other. Chapter 2 zooms in the reliability of Scriptures. But I really enjoyed chapters 3 and 4 which tackle about the gospel and eschatology.

“Rooted” is the go to book to learn, unlearn and relearn about some of the basic doctrines that Christians believe. If you’re just starting or already ahead in your Christian journey and you want some map, pick this book up.

My verdict: 4.5 out of 5.

The authors of “Rooted” provided me a review copy of the book.

More book reviews here: https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com

The Quotable Round-Up #31

Hello guys! Here’s your weekly dose of quotes featuring the book “God’s Word, Our Story” published by Crossway. Enjoy and God bless!

“Here is the great starting point for all of us  when we are dealing with the living God—a reverential, humble,  glad recognition that we are dependent, God is independent; we  are contingent, God is absolute; we are defined, God is the definer;  we are held in being by his will, he is absolute being.” — John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“Jesus sealed the new  covenant by his blood. The day of failure will soon be over. Till  then, we are sealed by the Spirit and are fighting sin by his power.” –John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“God does not exist for the sake of our enjoying biblical stories; biblical stories exist for the sake of our enjoying God.”- John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“Unfortunately, many of us are barely literate when it comes to  the flow of redemptive history. We go to our Bibles for something  to help us deal with our circumstances rather than to see how  God is dealing with the world. But the Bible is not about us; it’s  about God and his plan to redeem his fallen, miserable world, and  restore it to the glory he first sang into being at creation.” — Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“Our prayer life  should be shaped and grounded in Scripture as often as possible,  as we respond to scriptural promises and statements about God.” — Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“Immersion in God’s Word teaches us to pray the same way  immersion in language teaches a baby how to speak the language  of her parents.”- Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“God’s people do not need to be powerful culturally or in power  politically to be obedient to him and accomplish his purposes in  the world. All they need to do to glorify him and join the great  sweep of redemptive history is to be faithful to the One who has  called them by his own name.”–Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“When you become a Christian, your conviction of sin and your  experience of grace go all the way to the bottom—all the way  to that uttermost foundation. Christ goes there, and no matter  what happens, that foundation doesn’t change.”–Tim Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

The Quotable Round-Up #30

Here are the quotes for the week featuring the book by R. C. Sproul “What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics”. Enjoy and God bless!

“The call referred to in effectual calling is not the outward call of the gospel that can be heard by anyone within range of the preaching. The call referred to here is the inward call, the call that penetrates to and pierces the heart, quickening it to spiritual life. Hearing the gospel enlightens the mind, yet it does not awaken the soul until the Holy Spirit illumines and regenerates it. The move from ear to soul is made by the Holy Spirit. This move is what accomplishes God’s purpose of applying the benefits of Christ’s work to the elect.”

“What the unregenerate person desperately needs in order to come to faith is regeneration. This is the necessary grace. It is the sine qua non of salvation. Unless God changes the disposition of my sinful heart, I will never choose to cooperate with grace or embrace Christ in faith. These are the very things to which the flesh is indisposed. If God merely offers to change my heart, what will that accomplish for me as long as my heart remains opposed to him? If he offers me grace while I am a slave to sin and still in the flesh, what good is the offer? Saving grace does not offer liberation, it liberates. Saving grace does not merely offer regeneration, it regenerates. This is what makes grace so gracious: God unilaterally and monergistically does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.”

“Once we grasp the doctrine of total depravity, we know that no person will incline himself to faith in the atoning work of Christ. If God does not supply the means of appropriating the atonement’s benefits, namely faith, then the potential redemption of all would result in the actual redemption of none.”

“The ultimate aim of God’s plan of redemption was to redeem his elect. To accomplish this end he ordained the means. One was the atonement made by his Son. Another was the Holy Spirit’s application of this atonement to the elect. God provides for his elect all that is necessary for their salvation, including the gift of faith.”

“Faith is not something we conjure up by our own effort, or the result of the willing of the flesh. Faith is a result of the Spirit’s sovereign work of regeneration.”

“God certainly has the power and authority to grant his saving grace to all mankind. Clearly he has not elected to do this. All men are not saved despite the fact that God has the power and right to save them all if that is his good pleasure. It is also clear that all are not lost. God could have chosen not to save anyone. He has the power and authority to execute his righteous justice by saving nobody. In reality he elects to save some, but not all. Those who are saved are beneficiaries of his sovereign grace and mercy. Those who are not saved are not victims of his cruelty or injustice; they are recipients of justice. No one receives punishment at the hands of God that they do not deserve. Some receive grace at his hands that they do not deserve. Because he is pleased to grant mercy to one does not mean that the rest “deserve” the same. If mercy is deserved, it is not really mercy, but justice.”

“By definition grace is not something God is required to have. It is his sovereign prerogative to grant or withhold it. God does not owe grace to anyone. Grace that is owed is not grace. Justice imposes obligation, but grace, in its essence, is voluntary and free.”

Book Review: God’s Word, Our Story: Learning from the Book of Nehemiah by D. A. Carson and Kathleen B. Nelson (Editors)

I’ve just finished reading the Book of Nehemiah as a part of my devotional when I got this book. I have gone through it multiple times for weeks that I’m beginning to jump to Esther.  I told myself “This will extend my knowledge on that book.” Little did I know that “God’s Word, Our Story” will give me a fresh, bold and exciting spiritual insight to Nehemiah. Aside from a leadership principles go-to book and all the skipping chapters because of the list of names, “God’s Word, Our Story” will inspire you to seek and worship God.

Kathy Keller opens the book with what should every Christian (and what Nehemiah did) should understand the Word of God and base his action plan to what has been reveled in the Bible.

In the next chapter, Tim Keller explains the need to understand the big picture that Nehemiah is projecting. For him it is shallow to look at God’s Word like reading stories and finding the moral lesson it brings. He points out that the ultimate story behind Nehemiah and basically every book in the Bible is the redemptive plan of God. Keller drew also from this book of the Bible on how God’s people should harness unity and to work for God who is the main goal of this building of the wall.

Paige Brown’s contribution to this book dwells on the premises of the fear of God. Using part of John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” she discuss the fear of God and how it gives us confidence in facing today’s challenges.

Nancy Guthrie examines the Nehemiah chapters 7 and 8 and shows how this gathering of the Jews represents a future event that will take place in the new heaven and new earth. She further discusses the joy of the people coming to God and God’s joy of having His chosen people come to Him.

Nehemiah 11-12 was discussed by Carrie Sadom, Jenny Salt and Kathleen Nelson. This 3 part talk was centered in different God centered joy.

Lastly, D. A. Carson contributes a rather dark ending to the conference or a book as he points out the failure of the reformed which Nehemiah had undertaken. We can see not only does it affects the people but to Nehemiah himself.

The most prolific writer among all the contributors, John Piper delivers that ultimate story of the Bible is that God make a name for Himself through the gospel and His mercy to His chosen.

 

From all of the contributors in this book, Tim Keller gets away with the cake. Although Piper, D. A. Carson and Nancy Guthrie gave awesome insights, for me Keller is the best.

Though all of the messages collected here the contributor’s points out 1.) Nehemiah is not just a leadership book and 2.) Nehemiah is part of the ultimate story in the Bible, that is God’s redemptive plan for mankind.

Aside from the usual reflection in the end of each chapter, the readers are taught think as an expositor as further explain in the “Introduction” which is a great help for us who wants a deeper understanding of the books of the Bible. And you may or may not know these a collection of talks in a women’s conference (turned into a book) which you might find odd considering the topic of each chapters are not just geared not just for women. I’m not here to stereotype what’s for men or women but knowing this is what TGC brings out; people attending the conferences will really get saturated with the Word of God.

“God’s Word, Our Story” is a highly recommended book for those who want to get more of Nehemiah. This book is also a call for Christians to be expositors. As Kathy Keller and D. A. Carson uses the movie to further illustrate some points in the book, “God’s Word, Our Story”  is best describe as a blockbuster movie.

My verdict 5 out of 5.

Crossway has provided a complimentary copy of this book through the Blog Review Program.

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The Quotable Round-Up #26

Hello folks!!! Here are some awesome quotes I want to share this week. May this bring you encouragement to read books and to focus on Christ.

“To possess genuine assurance is to experience a bit of divine bliss this side of heaven. The greater our sense of assurance, the more we can savor that glory in this earthly life.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

“Christians are called to preach, teach, and believe the whole counsel of God. Any distortion of the character of God poisons the rest of our theology. The ultimate form of idolatry is humanism, which regards man as the measure of all things. Man is the primary concern, the central focus, the dominant motif of all forms of humanism. Its influence is so strong and pervasive that it seeks to infiltrate Christian theology at every point. Only by a rigorous attention and devotion to the biblical doctrine of God will we be able to keep from tasting and even swallowing this noxious brew.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“Because God is infinite in his being and eternal, and we are finite and bound by both space and time, our knowledge of him is never comprehensive. We enjoy an apprehensive knowledge of God, but not a comprehensive knowledge.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“Reformed theology is systematic. The science of systematic theology is so called because it attempts to understand doctrine in a coherent and unified manner. It is not the goal of systematic theology to impose on the Bible a system derived from a particular philosophy. Rather its goal is to discern the interrelatedness of the teachings of Scripture itself.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“A church without theology or a theology without God are simply not options for the Christian faith. One can have religion without God or theology, but one cannot have Christianity without them.”  –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“The believer who acquiesces in special revelation is now in a posture to respond properly to general revelation. In this regard the Christian should be the most diligent student of both special and natural revelation. Our theology should be informed by both the Bible and nature. The two come from the same revelatory source, God himself. The two revelations do not conflict; they reflect the harmony of God’s self-disclosures.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“If we say that the Bible is a product of only human opinion and insight, we can still speak about biblical theology in the sense that the Bible contains human teaching about God, but we can no longer speak about biblical revelation. If God is the ultimate Author of the Bible, we can speak of both biblical revelation and biblical theology. If man is the ultimate author, then we are restricted to speaking about biblical theology or theologies. If that is the case, we could justly regard biblical theology as a subdivision of religion, as one aspect of human studies about God.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

The Quotable Round-Up #24

Here are the freshest quotes for the week featuring John MacArthur’s book “The Truth About the Lordship of Christ. Enjoy!

“God’s love and the love of His children is forgiving, unconditional, and self-sacrificing, but you can be sure Satan will pervert that. Worldly love is shallow, selfish, sensual, and sexual, and Satan has sold that definition of love to the world.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“When we are thankful for everything, we step outside ourselves, because thanksgiving is directed toward God.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“Instead of taking from people, love them in a way that communicates thankfulness. Remember, God’s love is unselfish and thankful, but the world’s love is selfish and thankless.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“We also are commissioned by God to verbally expose the evil of the world. We must diagnose it, confront it, and then offer the solution. Sin is a cancer that must be removed. You aren’t helping anyone by ignoring it. People need to be convicted about their sin before they will ever see their need for a Savior.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“Repentance is no more a meritorious work than its counterpart, faith. It is an inward response. Genuine repentance pleads with the Lord to forgive and deliver from the burden of sin and the fear of judgment and hell.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“Repentance is not merely behavior reform. But because true repentance involves a change of heart and purpose, it inevitably results in a change of behavior.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“True assurance is a taste of heaven on earth.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ