The Fear in Leadership

Leadership is about fearing God more than others do.  Leadership is about  revering God’s name.  Leadership is not about taking pleasure in who God is and what He is like.  Leadership is about making the chief end of your life helping, instructing, and challenging others to revere and delight in God’s name as well.

Mark Dever, The Message of the Old Testament (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2006), 437.

The Only Way To Convince a Critical World

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.

Binding and Loosing in Heaven and on Earth

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.

Martin Luther in Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine (Kingsford NSW Australia: Matthias Media, 2009), 58.

Preaching Is…

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.