Thorn on the Authority of Scripture

“Today in our Western individualistic culture, we tend to bristle at the idea of authority, unless it is our own. Most of us say we like freedom, but what we really want is radical autonomy—a life lived independently from the authority of another. We want to live life our way and for our own purposes. And when it comes to spirituality, most prefer anarchy to order and creativity to confession. But the Bible, as the Word of God, rightly claims a position of authority in the life of the church. As Christians, we may be quick to say that God is our authority, but we must say more than that. If we say that the Lord is our God, then we must also say that His Word is authoritative in the church and in our own lives.”

Joe Thorn in The Character of the Church

Vanderstelt on Salvation

“We are not saved just once in our past. We continue being saved in the present. God’s salvation didn’t just happen to us. It is also continuing to happen. He is actively saving us. The gospel is good news for our sanctification— the ongoing work of God saving us and conforming us daily into the image of Christ. Our activity in this process is ongoing repentance from unbelief to belief in the gospel.”

Jeff Vanderstelt in Gospel Fluency

Newbell on Enjoying God

“Sometimes God lets us come to the end of ourselves in order for us to enjoy more of him. That makes sense to me. When there’s nowhere else to run, we can run to our Savior. As we look to what it means to enjoy God, we are, in many ways, also losing ourselves. We gain something far greater when we are most concerned and obsessed with the One we’ll be concerned and obsessed with for all eternity.”

Trillia Newbell in Enjoy

Hyde on Worship

“But worship is not about us and our particular tastes and preferences. It is about God. He taught His people this truth in the construction of the tabernacle. All this means that we cannot evaluate worship by the standards of the world. We crave entertainment. We have our Facebook pages, our Twitter accounts, our iPods full of our favorite songs, our favorite radio stations on presets in our cars, our email, which we access via our iPhones and Blackberrys, and so on. But God is not a commodity; He is not something to entertain us. He is not just another thing in a long line of things. He says the whole Lord’s Day is His day, and especially when we step into worship, He says, ‘Mine.'”

Daniel Hyde in God in Our Midst

Chapell on Real Change

“Real change—real power over seemingly intractable patterns of sin and selfishness—comes when Christ becomes our preeminent love. When that happens, all that pleases and honors him becomes the source of our deepest pleasure, highest aim, and greatest effort. We honor him not merely out of duty and resolve—or to keep our distance from an angry God—but because our greatest delight is pleasing the One we love the most.”

Bryan Chapell in Unlimited Grace

Tripp on Freedom in Parenting

“It really is the completeness of the work of Jesus for us that frees us from coming to our parenting task needy, exhausted, and discouraged, asking our children to give us what they will never ever be able to give. The question of the moment is, Are you experiencing that wonderful freedom as a parent?”

Paul Tripp in Parenting

Tripp on Inability in Parenting

“Inability doesn’t mean that God has made a massive mistake by giving you children, that somehow he’s gotten the wrong address and your children would be better off elsewhere. Rather than your inability being in the way of God’s plan, it is part of his plan. He knows that parents who admit that they are inadequate and run to God make the best parents. You see, he doesn’t ask you to be able; he asks you to be willing. If you are willing, he will meet you in your weakness and change you, and as he changes you, he will work good things through you into the hearts and lives of your children.”

Paul Tripp in Parenting