Many people who go to church have a withered hand, i.e., they do only half the work they should; they work with one hand only, they are working on only half their possible power. They are people self-handicapped. There are others who see with one eye only, and others who fly on one wing. It is that sort of thing which accounts largely for the church’s in effectiveness. Only fullness of life in sacrificial service will convince a critical world.
W. Graham Scroggie in Wilbur M. Smith, Peloubet’s Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons: 1938 (Boston: W. A. Wilde Co., 1937), 63.
“Following” [Jesus] is an act that involves risk and cost; it is something one does, not simply what one thinks or believes.
The Ministry of the word belongs to all. To bind and to loose clearly is nothing else then to proclaim and to apply the gospel. For what is it to loose, if not to announce the forgiveness of sins before God? What is it to bind, except to withdraw the gospel and to declare the retention of sins? Whether they [that is, the Roman Catholic Church] want to or not, they must concede that the keys are the exercise of the Ministry of the word and belong to all Christians.
Jesus did not die just to save us from the penalty of sin, nor even just to make us holy in our standing before God. He died to purify for Himself a people eager to obey Him, a people eager to be transformed into His likeness.
Preaching is the declaration of the grace of God to human need on the authority of the throne of God, and demanding, on the part of those who hear, but they show obedience to the thing declared.
G. Campbell Morgan in Wilbur M. Smith, Peloubet’s Select Notes on the International Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching: 1958 (Boston: W. A. Wilde Co., 1957), 377-78.