8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “How to Walk Into Church” (Tony Payne)

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Now here are my favorite quote from the book How to Walk Into Church by Tony Payne published by Matthias Media. If you want to support the author, get a copy of this book by following this link.

“..this is God’s majestic purpose in Christ: to save and redeem and gather around himself a people from every nation, to give them confident access to his own presence, and one day to reveal that mighty assembly of his people in the new creation. In other words, God’s purpose in Christ is to build his church.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper

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Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper published by Crossway. If you like these quotes, you can download the book for free on PDF, mobi, epub and audiobook format or pre-order the print version by clicking here.

“…playing the odds is a fragile place to put your hope. Odds like 3 percent versus 10 percent, youth versus old age, compromised health versus no history of disease, rural versus urban, self-isolated versus home meeting with friends. Playing the odds provides little hope. It is not a firm place to stand.
There is a better way. There is a better place to stand: a Rock of certainty rather than the sand of probabilities.”

“…knowing that the same sovereignty that could stop the coronavirus, yet doesn’t, is the very sovereignty that sustains the soul in it.”

“The coronavirus was sent, therefore, by God. This is not a season for sentimental views of God. It is a bitter season. And God ordained it. God governs it. He will end it. No part of it is outside his sway. Life and death are in his hand.”

“God’s meticulous sovereignty—whether we live or die—serves his holiness and righteousness and goodness and wisdom. In Christ we are not his dispensable pawns. We are his valued children.”

“Neither Satan nor sickness nor sinful man is sovereign. Only God is. And he is good—and wise and sovereign.”

“confidence in the face of death has emboldened Christ’s people for two thousand years. The truth of God’s wise and good sovereignty has been the stabilizing power for thousands of Christians in the sacrifices of love.”

“Calamities are God’s previews of what sin deserves and will one day receive in judgment a thousand times worse. They are warnings. They are wake-up calls to see the moral horror and spiritual ugliness of sin against God.”

“What God is doing in the coronavirus is showing us—graphically, painfully—that nothing in this world gives the security and satisfaction that we find in the infinite greatness and worth of Jesus. “

The Quotable Round-Up #95

f11jjqtHeads up guys! time for some 7 awesome quotes from a Christian book. This time we shall enjoy quotes from “The Day of Worship” by Ryan M. McGraw. If you were blessed by this book, please consider getting it on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore! Grace and Peace!

“The Sabbath is God’s holy day, not ours. It is not a day on which we determine what activities please us on our “day off.” We must always ask the question, “What pleases God on a day set apart to worship Him?” It is not sufficient to ask, “What is pleasing to God in general?” but rather “What is pleasing to God on this day?

“Nothing kills worldliness, pride, and formality in religion like devoting one whole day of every week to worship and communion with God.”

“Worship was the primary activity attached to the Sabbath in the law, and Isaiah pointed to attendance at corporate worship as evidence of faithful Sabbath-keeping. Worship is not treated as a duty to be performed on the Sabbath, but worship is treated as integral to the concept of Sabbath-keeping.”

“When you disregard the Sabbath by bending your conscience to the will of employers or to the lusts of the flesh rather than to the Word of God, do you realize you are actually despising the privilege of worship? You are not simply disobeying a commandment of God; you are spurning one of His greatest gifts to mankind.”

“If Sabbath-breaking is cited as a cause for sending Israel into exile, how long will God patiently observe our disregard for His day before severely chastening our sins? Sabbath-breaking is one of the best ways to ensure the devastation of our churches and of our nation, just as it was for Israel.”

“When we see a rainbow in the sky, we should be mindful of the promises of grace that God gave to Noah; when the Sabbath comes every week, we should be mindful of the redemption from Egypt and the manner in which it pointed to the greater redemption in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“The Sabbath is a part of the world God has created. To trample it underfoot is to declare that we would overturn the weekly order that God has woven into the very fiber of creation. Sabbath-keeping is as integral to man’s life as marriage and labor. To violate ordinances that predate and stand apart from the Fall, and even from redemption in Christ, is to attack the authority of God as our creator in the most fundamental sense.”

The Quotable Round Up #14

The 36th Manila International Book Fair recently held at MOA SMX last September proves that Filipinos are not just book lovers but are concern with their spirituality. Majority of the exhibitors are offering Christian books and other resources. Aside from biblical Christianity, Roman Catholicism book companies are adding up every year. They have their own gimmicks just like those Christians booths. I also observe nuns and Catholic lay groups do check and buy books from booths of OMFLit, CLC Philippines, CSM Publishing and Lighthouse. I suggest that aside from inspirational books, Christian companies should dish out more solid and gospel centered materials for that specific event with affordable price or give out freebies for these friends. Roman Catholicism offers a hopeless gospel for their followers. Books that are inspirational are good but we should go for what will save them. Let us not let these people crossover eternity without them knowing the true message of Christ. My last MIBF observations will be next week but for now our quotes of the week:
“We should pray because prayer is a duty of every Christian; because prayer is a privilege; and because prayer is a powerful means of grace.”
–R. C. Sproul

“By continuing to study the Bible, we grow in faith and are able to stand firm in the truth.”
–R. C. Sproul

“If we don’t feel like going to church, we are to do it anyway. It’s a privilege to come near to God and to worship with other believers, but it’s also a sacred duty. I would be completely derelict in my duty if I didn’t tell you that God takes worship attendance very seriously, just as this admonition shows. So if we get up and don’t feel like going to church and want to go to the beach instead, we must say to ourselves: “Wait a minute, if I do this, I’m neglecting the God who has redeemed my soul from the pit. Therefore, I’m going to church.”
— R. C. Sproul

“All of us struggle as we evaluate our Christian lives. We can see changes in our lives for the good, but we also see the things we don’t want to see the things we don’t want anybody to see. So as we’re analyzing the states of our souls, we need to ask not where we were when we were born again or even how it happened. Rather, we need to ask whether there is any evidence of a change in the inner direction of our disposition, our attitude toward the things of God.”
–R. C. Sproul

“Spiritual shortsightedness robs us of gospel comfort that God desires us to enjoy.”
–Derek W. H. Thomas

“Application is important, but the gospel comes first. What is more, even after we have applied a passage rightly to our- selves in this way, we constantly need to return once again to the comfort of the gospel’s focus on Christ, for even as believers we will never live up to the standard of perfect holiness that God demands.”
–Iain M. Duguid

“Through the gospel we come to see both the true depth of our sin (and therefore that our earlier feelings of guilt were actually far too shallow), while at the same time being reminded of the glorious good news that Jesus is our perfect substitute who removes our sin and guilt.”
–Iain M. Duguid

The Quotable Round Up #12

September was the 36th Manila International Book Fair. I was held at the Mall of Asia SMX convention center. Got some books that I’ll be occupied till next year! It’s a good thing that the Christian publishers are active in the event. In fact almost all of the MIBF booth belongs to Christian companies. That’s a good sign. Filipinos are still concern in matters of spirituality. And it will be a great opportunity for Christians to reach out people with the gospel in MIBF. More of my analysis of the recent MIBF next week but for now here are the quotes:

“By continuing to study the Bible, we grow in faith and are able to stand firm in the truth.”
–R. C. Sproul
“The separation of faith from knowledge is the fast train to crazy town.”
–Michael E. Wittmer

“We are to give ourselves to God as living sacrifices. This means we are to give our time, our energy, and our very selves to Him as acts of worship and gratitude. But we must always be aware that God has given us these and all things. Biblical giving, therefore, is done in the context of stewardship, our management of the good things the Father showers upon us.”
–R. C. Sproul

“Worship that pleases God is not given grudgingly, out of a mere sense of duty to show up at church on Sunday morning, but it is motivated and driven by a soul that delights in the presence of God.”
–R. C. Sproul

“Whatever Jesus says we “ought” to do becomes a solemn duty for us to perform. Prayer is one such duty.”
–R. C. Sproul

“Our goal should be to please Christ, not perform merely for the applause of people. People-pleasers cannot be true servants of Christ. We must keep our eyes on Christ and not on the judges of this world.”
–R. C. Sproul

“If we serve out of an effort to earn our way into the kingdom of God, we’re deceiving ourselves. The motivation for Christian service is love for God. We serve not to earn salvation, but because Christ already has pur-chased salvation for us.”
–R. C. Sproul

Networking, Marketing and the Church

I’m curious about networking and marketing so I check out books from the likes of Seth Godin. Truly it’s loading up my mind with the concept that is worth thinking about. But one book that I came across gave something for me to think about. “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi it’s a good book on the subject and lots of stuff can be said on the importance of networking. But when he mention about his church, we Christians should take notice of this. In his networking strategy, he employs inviting someone to his church to make a sort of mutual connection to the people he wants to be acquainted with. On page 92 of this bestseller we read:

Besides food and exercise, I sometimes take people to church. That’s right, church. I attend a mostly African-American and Hispanic Catholic Church in Los Angeles—St. Agatha’s. It’s wonderfully “unorthodox.” Instead of “passing the peace” in the form of a simple handshake, a gospel choir belts out uplifting tunes while the congregants walk around the church hugging each other for ten minutes. It’s an amazing scene. I don’t try to foist my beliefs on anyone; the people I bring along—whether an actor or lawyer or an atheist or Orthodox Jew—tend to see my invitation as a kind of personalized gift. It shows them that I think so highly of them that I’m willing to share such a deeply personal part of my life.”

It is truly elevating to see members of a church to invite guest which are mostly unbelievers on Sunday. It’s a chance for them to see our worship service, how we fellowship and how everyone function in the body of Christ. Most importantly it’s an opportunity for them to hear the gospel. I hope every Bible believing church will do this and encourage members to invite people who don’t know Christ. I can see it’s also a chance for those shy type Christians to evangelize friends and family. But if the intention is somewhat other that telling them about Jesus, well that’s a different story. I won’t invite people to church to have some business deals. I’m inviting them to hear the good news that is the most important news on earth. Doing so is disrespecting the church and Christ.

I think this kind of ‘invitation’ stems from two misconceptions: the true meaning of church and edifying the church. Church is not a building nor is it an organization. The people are the church. Redeemed by Christ’s blood at the cross, they are “called out” from darkness to light with one purpose: to glorify God. Any dealing outside the main purpose embraced by the church is disgraceful to the One who died for us at Calvary. If a person considers church to be a building or structure then the mind set will be its just another venue or place where we can socialize, get connected with others and widen our influence. Second, the role of believer to the church is that it edifies other members through different ministry functions like preaching, teaching, giving etc. The Holy Spirit enables us to do so in our various gifts.  But can you find edification by bringing someone who has no business of edifying others? Can we treat church as a mere social club?  Sadly Christians are guilty of this. They go to church not just to do business but find their friends, catch up with them while forgetting the One who is the reason that there is a church. Remember it’s Sunday and we should settle whatever transactions we have with the world on week days.

I hope this will reinforce our minds on what church is so in the end the respect and honor that is due will be met. In return we will see ourselves more mature and sensitive on how God views His church.

5 Essential Things to Prepare Before Sunday Service

 

Preparing for Sunday should be the top priority of all Christians. So before Sunday morning comes, you must prepare these 5 things:

  1. Bible- the Christians weapon and most important thing to bring to church.
  2. Notebook and pen- to jot down important lessons of the sermon.
  3. Clothes- prepare your Sunday dresses so you won’t go into frenzy come Sunday morning.  Take it out of the closet. Iron it. Also include hanky, underwear, socks and towel.
  4. Offerings or tithe- separate it in your wallet or purse.
  5. Your heart- Your prayer to God should be for your heart to be tender in receiving His Word.  Pray it to be spiritually open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and ask the full control of God for you to put it in action.

Do have anything to add? I love to hear your comments.

Church Round up News: December 2011

  1. It’s a great privilege to handle these youngsters for quite some time now but it time for somebody’s turn to handle it. Ptr. Joberth Hernandez gave the baton to Bro. R-Jay to handle the young people group. Me on the other hand will be doing some preaching on our Gospel Hour service. Bro. Kim will be preaching on our Sunday school and Bro. Renar will handle the Worship service. We will take turns on every Sunday services. Please pray for us as we minister to our mission house.
  2. Christmas is around the corner so we will have our Christmas Fellowship on the 3rd week of December. Please intercede for us.
  3. Gift giving is not just for members but to less fortune kids. We will have our gift giving program to children in one of our B.S. in Villa Gem. The Young People group and leaders of R.O.C.K.If God moves you to help give present to these children (our pastor decided it will be school supplies) please contact me and I’ll give you additional details of it.
  4. Please include Sis. Stella in your prayers. She wants to follow Christ in baptism. We hope and pray that, if God willing, before the year ends she will be baptized.
  5. Praise God for a new contact for our book drive ministry. After posting a picture on Creation Moments FB group someone replied and commit to send us used books periodically for us to donate in schools here in San Pascual and Batangas City are. As of now, we have 3 colleges, 4 universities, 2 public libraries and 2 national high schools that benefited with this book drive. We hope and pray that you can pray and support this ministry.