Thursday, November 02, 2017

Growing In Christ - by J. I. Packer

"Men treat God's sovereignty as a theme for controversy, but in Scripture it is matter for worship." (pg. 31)

"The key to understanding the New Testament view of the Spirit's work is to see that his purpose is identical with the Father's - namely, to see glory and praise come to the Son." (pg. 72)

"What the Spirit's witnessing effects is not private revelation of something hitherto undisclosed, but personal reception of God's public testimony which was 'there' all along in the Scriptures, but went unheeded." (pg. 73)

"The evangelical theology of revival, first spelled out in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the present-day emergence of 'charismatic renewal' on a worldwide scale, reminds us of something which Roman Catholic and Protestant disputers, in their concentration on doctrinal truth, tended to miss - namely, that church must always be open to the immediacy of the Spirit's Lordship, and that disorderly vigor in a congregation is infinitely preferable to a correct and tidy deadness." (pg. 77)

"The root reason for the practice of baptizing is to please Jesus Christ our Lord." (pg. 97)

"For Paul and all New Testament writers the link between believing and being baptized is evidently like that between inheriting the throne and being crowned: through the public ceremony the already existing reality of royal privilege is declared, confirmed, celebrated, and formally regularized." (pg. 100)

"Is there more to Christianity than practicing morality and supporting a church?  Many think not, but there is.  Christianity is a new life, consisting of new relationships with God, men, and things; and it all springs from one source - a unique link between the Christian and his Master, Jesus Christ." (pg. 119)

"If Christ is to be formed in me, doctrine, experience, and practice must all be there together." (pg. 127)

"The vitality of prayer lies largely in the vision of God that prompts it." (pg. 167)

"When Christians examine themselves, it is for omissions that they should first look, and they will always find that their saddest sins take the form of good left undone." (pg. 192)

"No statement starting, 'This is how I like to think of God' should ever be trusted.  An imagined God will always be more or less imaginary and unreal." (pg. 244)

"Is it not maddening when, after correcting someone's wrong ideas, you find that he was not listening, and is still trotting out his old mistake?  Measure by this the provocation offered to God if we fail to take note of what he has shown us of himself." (pg. 244)

J. I. Packer, Growing in Christ (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994)