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July 18, 2015

More favorite quotes from Reverberation by Jonathan Leeman

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More favorite quotes from Reverberation: How God’s Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People (IX Marks) by Jonathan Leeman

Kevin DeYoung has put it well: “The secret of the gospel is that we actually do more when we hear less about all we need to do for God and hear more about all that God has already done for us.”

Ignorance is indeed one of our problems, but even worse is the stiff neck and puffed-out chest of our self-rule.

That’s why our churches must be utterly centered upon God’s words. If our basic problem is self-rule, then we must be confronted again and again at the point of our wrong allegiance, and called to a better allegiance.

the preacher must understand what his hearers believe—the warp and woof of their false worlds. His goal is to confront those beliefs precisely.

Most often, I suspect, the Word does its true work right there in the moment of preaching.

expose the Word. Announce it. Confront people with it. And then let the Spirit soften or harden their hearts as He pleases.

My universe was a little less me-centered and a little more God-centered by the time the sermon was over.

John Calvin called the Psalms “An Anatomy of All the Parts of the Soul” since it offers readers words which they can place into their own mouths for properly expressing the whole range of human emotions.

The most beautiful instrument in any Christian service is the sound of the congregation singing.

Praying Scripture means that church leaders might want to consider preparing their prayers in advance rather than place such a high premium on that quintessential virtue of Romanticism (and not the Bible)—spontaneity

We should align our prayers to the priorities and patterns of the Bible.

In a ninety-minute service, for example, why not include four sessions of praying from five to ten minutes each?

Much of a church’s prayer list should look strange and even useless to non-Christians.

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