Posts Tagged ‘R. C. Sproul’

I think the greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible. Everyone is looking for power in a program, in a methodology, in a technique, in anything and everything but that in which God has placed it – His Word. He alone has the power to change lives for eternity, and that power is focused on the Scriptures.” – R.C. Sproul

I find these words simply amazing. “He alone has the power to change lives for eternity.” Why then do we have to try to make everything so gimmicky? Why don’t we just preach the gospel. It is the gospel that brings salvation, sanctification and the hope of eternal life.

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Adoration is not merely a brief preface or introduction to prayer, it is the very heart of it… When the soul is moved to adoration it is usually because the mind has been contemplating the excellence of God… However, as we contemplate and adore the riches of God, we cannot help but be aware of the stark contrast between the fullness of His excellency and the corresponding lack of it in ourselves. Such awareness leads us from adoration to confession… Adoration of God, like the Law of God, acts as a mirror to show us the blemishes of our character and drive us to the posture of contrition.”

– R. C. Sproul, The Souls Quest for God, pg 193-194

I enjoyed the sentence that stated, “Adoration of God, like the Law of God, acts as a mirror to show our blemishes…” It made me stop and think for a moment. It is the  Law of God that reveals the perfect narure of God himself. So if the law reveals our utter depravity, so too when we bow before Him in adoration, His glory reveals our sin and lackings. As we preach the truth of who God is to ourselves we will be humbled in adoration and driven to confession.

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As long as we entertain delusions of our own merit or compliment ourselves on our own contributions to salvation, we block our hearts from pure worship.”

– R. C. Sproul, The Souls Quest for God, pg. 187

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

“As long as we entertain delusions of our own merit or compliment ourselves on our own contributions to salvation, we block our hearts from pure worship.”

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Now of course you have to add Ephesians 2:8-9 as it magnifies God’s grace and shows that in us there really is nothing to boast about. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”