"He was declared to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead! ... The resurrection set the seal upon the Cross - it proved Him to be who He claimed to be! The resurrection spurred the disciples into action!".
Dr Stanley Jebb - "I Believe" - Last Semon preached at New Covenant Church Dunstable - 1999.
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
"It shouldn't be a shock to the people that this is the man that will lead us into the future".
"This is arguably one of the most important verses in the Bible ... It tells us what God did - He sent his Son ... It tells us who Jesus is - He is sinless ... It tells us what Jesus did - He was made sin ... It tells us who we are - the righteousness of God ... It tells us where we are - in Him".
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
"It seems to me that the term is a broad, overarching one that includes the whole great saving, sanctifying, and empowering work of the Spirit in this age. I don’t think it is a technical term that refers to one part of the Christian life—say conversion, or speaking in tongues, or a bold act of witness. It is the continual, and sometimes extraordinary, outpouring of the Holy Spirit on God’s people. It immerses them not just in one or two, but in hundreds of his powerful influences.
In other words, if you are not born again, one way to describe your need is that you need to be baptized with the Spirit. That is, you need to be plunged into God’s Spirit with the effect that you will be born again and come to faith in Christ. If you are born again, but you are languishing in a season of weakness and fear and defeat, one way to describe what you need is to be baptized in the Spirit. That is, you need a fresh outpouring of his Christ-revealing, heart-awakening, sin-defeating, boldness-producing power. Every spiritual need that we have before and after conversion is supplied by Christ immersing us in greater and lesser degrees in the Holy Spirit".
John Piper - "This Is He Who Baptizes with the Holy Spirit" - Bethlehem Baptist Church, Illinois - November 23, 2008
Sunday, 23 November 2008
"Faith glorifies God because it looks to Him for every good gift and blessing, acknowledging that all comes from Him. This helps explain why Paul can say that "whatever does not proceed from faith is sin" (Romans 14:23)".
Thomas Schriener - "New Testament Theology - Magnifying God in Christ" - Apollo (2008) - (p578).
Friday, 7 November 2008
"A spiritual gift is a skill that the Spirit anoints to be effective. The effect is not always just conversions. It's the pricking of consciences. It's the deepening of love for the Lord. It's the correcting of behaviour in others".
John Piper in Justin Taylor and John Piper (editors) - "Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints" - Crossway Books (2008) - (p140).