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Joshua Harris: With Humility? Or with Pride?

6 May

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Whether our theological knowledge is great or small, we all need to ask a vital question: What will we do with the knowledge of God that we have?

Will it lead us to an ever-growing desire to know and love the Lord? Will it practically affect the way we think and live? Will we have the courage to hold on to the truth even when it isn’t popular? And how will we express our beliefs? With humility–or with pride?


~Joshua Harris~




Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2013) p. 4.

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Joshua Harris: Humility and Orthodoxy – We Need Both

25 Apr

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Truth matters…but so does our attitude. This is what I mean by humble orthodoxy: we must care deeply about truth, and we must also defend and share this truth with compassion and humility.

God has given the saving message of the gospel to his people through his Word, and we must be willing to fight for its integrity and faithful transmission. We are to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). In other words, we need to care about orthodoxy and right thinking about who God is and how he saves through Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy matters.

But at the same time, God’s Word commands us, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Jesus even told us, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). And 1 Peter 5:5 says “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'” In other words, genuine love and humility of heart before God and other people are essential. Humility matters.

We don’t get to choose between humility and orthodoxy. We need both.


~Joshua Harris~






Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2013) p. 5-6.

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John Piper – Worshipping in Spirit and Truth

21 Jan

Worshiping in spirit is the opposite of worshiping in merely external ways. It is the opposite of empty formalism and traditionalism. Worshiping in truth is the opposite of worship based on an inadequate view of God. Worship must have heart and head. Worship must engage emotions and thought.

Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half-full) of artificial admirers (like people who write generic anniversary cards for a living). On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship.

~John Piper~




Desiring God (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2003) p. 81-82.

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John Piper – Needed: Biblical Categories of Thinking About Obedience

3 Jan

Behind most wrong living is wrong thinking. Jesus calls us, for example, to a radical purity. But I find that many Christians have no categories for thinking clearly about the commands and warnings and promises of Jesus. When he says that we should pluck out our lusting eye, he backs it up with a warning: “For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell” (Matthew 5:29). Threats of going to hell because of lust are simply not the way contemporary Christians usually talk or think. This is not because such warnings aren’t in the Bible, but because we don’t know how to fit them together with other thoughts about grace and faith and eternal security. We nullify the force of Jesus’ words because our conceptual framework is disfigured. Our Christian living is lamed by sub-Christian thinking about living.

I have found in almost forty years of preaching and teaching and struggling with people who want to be authentic Christians, that the way they think about Christian living is often absorbed from the cultural air we breathe rather than learned from categories of Scripture. Not only that, some of the inherited categories of “Christian” thinking are so out of sync with the Bible that they work against the very obedience they are designed to promote.

~John Piper~




Future Grace (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2011) p. 2-3.

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J.I. Packer – The Purpose of Revelation

6 Nov

We must seek, in studying God, to be led to God. It was for this purpose that revelation was given, and it is to this use that we must put it.

~J.I. Packer~




Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL; Intervarsity Press; 1993) p. 22.

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Mike Reeves: Is God a Mystery?

5 Oct

God is a mystery, but not in the alien abductions, things-that-go-bump-in-the-night sense. Certainly not in the “who can know, why bother?” sense. God is a mystery in that who he is and what he is like are secrets, things we would never have worked out by ourselves. But this triune God has revealed himself to us. Thus the Trinity is not some piece of inexplicable apparent nonsense, like a square circle or an interesting theologian. Rather, because the triune God has revealed himself, we can understand the Trinity. That is not to say we can exhaust our knowledge of God, comprehend and wrap our brains around him, simply cramming in a few bits of information before moving on to some other doctrine. To know the Trinity is to know God, an eternal and personal God of infinite beauty, interest and fascination. The Trinity is a God we can know, and forever grow to know better.

~Mike Reeves~


Delighting in the Trinity (Downers Grove, IL; IVP Academic; 2012) p. 12.

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Mike Reeves: Knowing God is Transformative

2 Oct

Christianity is not primarily about lifestyle change; it is about knowing God. To know and grow to enjoy him is what we are saved for

Nonetheless, getting to know God better does actually make for far more profound and practical change as well. Knowing the love of God is the very thing that makes us loving. Sensing the desirability of God alters our preferences and inclinations, the things that drive our behavior: we begin to want God more than anything else.. The triune nature of this God affects everything from how we listen to music to how we pray: it makes for happier marriages, warmer dealings with others, better church life; it gives Christians assurance, shapes holiness and transforms the very way we look at the world around us. No exaggeration: the knowledge of this God turns lives around.

~Mike Reeves~


Delighting in the Trinity (Downers Grove, IL; IVP Academic; 2012) p. 10.

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