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Sermon Quotes: "The Surprise of Their Lives"

April 18, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Jesus does not overwhelm these two disciples by some spectacular revelation of himself…Instead, he interprets the Scriptures for them.” David Garland “I should have imagined that the Risen Lord would be independent of the Bible. But no! He c... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Cries from the Cross | Part 2"

April 11, 2017 by: Jeff Purswell

“. . . his identity contracted to the point where the whole truth about him was that he was the sin of the world. He was carrying it, heaven held him answerable for it, and he was it. It was here, all of it, in his body (1 Pet. 2:24), being condemned in his fles... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Cries from the Cross | Part 1"

April 4, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“All of us treasure the final words of those we love or admire. But Jesus actual final words during his earthly life were not, in fact, collected in one place to form a farewell address. They are scattered in seven different places, three in the Gospel of Luke, ... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Your Unusual Story"

March 7, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Which means that Christ, the Son of God in heaven, has been contemplating his suffering and his death for us for centuries. Indeed as far back as the plan of salvation reaches in the mind of God, so far back has Christ been willing and ready to give himself for... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Meet the Readers"

February 14, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“In Greco-Roman eyes this person (a Gentile who had become a follower of Jesus) was rejecting the gods of the community and undermining the welfare of the city, and he had become antisocial (‘a hater of humanity’) and atheistic. The person was someti... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Why Preaching?"

January 24, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“These words are Paul’s legacy to the church. It is impossible to read them without being profoundly stirred.” John Stott “So when that Word is re-announced, there is a sense in which God, who revealed himself by that Word in the past, is re-r... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A New Year's Expectation"

January 10, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“No man needs better company than the psalms; therein he may read and commune with friends human and divine; friends who know the heart of man towards God, and the heart of God towards man; friends who perfectly sympathize with us and our sorrows, friends who ne... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Mary's Song"

December 20, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Sometimes bad theology breeds reactionary bad theology. Because Roman Catholicism has gradually added more titles and myths to Mary, Protestants have sometimes reacted by remaining silent about her astonishing character.” D.A. Carson “In contrast t... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Forgiven Much"

November 29, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Luke’s depiction of the wiping, kissing and anointing with imperfect tenses, which he often uses, allows the narrative to run in progression from one act to the next: ‘She was wiping, kissing and was anointing.’ The impression is that each ste... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Now That the Election Is Over"

November 22, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“To catch the argument one has almost to pretend that Yahweh is firing questions at the prophet’s hearers. ‘Was liberation boring? Does release from years of servitude make you yawn? Is the Exodus wearisome? Yahweh makes a point of taking them throug... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Flawless Election Prediction"

November 8, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Secular writers force us to read the world from within a framework in which God’s moral will and saving intentions, his truth and his Christ, are never the criteria of meaning or importance. The biblical authors see everything from a theocentric viewpoint... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Scandalous Mercy"

October 18, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“For all its orthodoxy and beauty this prayer reveals some of the great defects in Jonah’s character.” Kevin Youngblood “How perverse Jonah was. Living in a favored nation where spiritual light had been shone only because of the great mercy of... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "From Tears to Shouts of Joy"

October 4, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“It is to be feared that the Psalms are by no means prized as in earlier ages of the Church.” Charles Spurgeon “Apart from biblical illiteracy, there are special reasons for neglect of the psalms. The language of poetry doesn’t easily connect ... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Sports"

September 20, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Our personal life is a finite thing: it is limited in every direction, in space, in time, in knowledge, in power. But God is not limited. He is eternal, infinite and almighty. He has us in his hands; we never have him in ours. Like us, he is personal; but unlik... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Laughter"

September 6, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The Bible is predominantly a serious rather than a funny book. Yet it would distort the Bible to suppress the humor that is present…Either to underemphasize its humor or overemphasize it distorts the Bible. Although the Bible is predominantly serious boo... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Sleep"

August 17, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“I am convinced that we have drifted from the true focus of God’s activity in this world. It is not to be found in the extraordinary, but in the ordinary, the everyday.” Michael Horton “Many Christians have an inadequate theology of ordinary l... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Rescue Mission"

August 10, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“We cannot but be struck by the fact that James speaks of the concerned believer as ‘bringing back’, ‘saving’ and ‘covering’ the sins of the one in error. Surely these are things only God can do? Only God forgives sins, saves ... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Prayer"

August 2, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“When James says, ‘Do not swear’, it is not coarse or vulgar speech he prohibits but invoking God’s name to guarantee the reliability of what a person says.” Douglas Moo “Heaven’s great harbor of refuge is prayer, thousands o... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Patience In Suffering"

July 26, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“James doctrine of the Christian life is a doctrine of process or growth, and patience is its central requirement.” Alec Motyer “The farmer who prepares a field, sows seed, and then waits for a crop is a very natural illustration of patience. He can... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Sobering Surprise"

July 19, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“He speaks to the non-Christian for the benefit of the Christian.” Craig Blomberg “James looks with divine foresight and sees the dark hurricane cloud of the Day of the Lord about to strike them down.” Peter Davids “The rich will lose e... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Common Lie"

July 5, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Men today are just the same as when these words were first written. We still find people saying what they are going to do today, tomorrow, or in six months time, at the end of another year, and perhaps still further. I have no doubt there are persons here who h... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "He Gives More Grace"

June 14, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.” Richard Sibbes “James personifies the church as the bride of Christ. At best she has become distracted from and at worst unfaithful to her groom. The audience has the wrong object for a lover--the fall... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Quarrels and Fights"

June 7, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“One of the joys of biblical ministry comes when you are able to turn on the lights in another person’s dark room. People usually don’t see their desires and lusts. Souls are cured as the ignorant and self-deceived are disturbed by the light of God&r... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Who Is Wise?"

May 18, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

“This Christian meekness involves a healthy understanding of our own unworthiness before God and a corresponding humility and lack of pride in our dealings with our fellowmen.” Douglas Moo “There is a kind of person who is undoubtedly clever, with ... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Tongue and Turmoil"

May 10, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Our tongue is only the tip of the iniquity iceberg. The proof that all humans are inescapably flawed is right between our teeth.” Douglas O’ Donnell “Teachers are more susceptible to judgment than others because they regularly engage in that ... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Got Faith?"

May 3, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“They are not antagonists facing each other with crossed swords; they stand back to back, confronting different foes of the gospel.” Alexander Ross “Paul denounces the idea of salvation by dead works; James rejects salvation by dead faith.” J.... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Last Word"

March 28, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The chapter is one of the most remarkable in the New Testament. For grandeur and simplicity, for pathos and solemnity, nothing was ever written like it.” J.C. Ryle “Those who Jesus has revealed himself to view themselves first and foremost as loved... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Solution to Self-Deception"

March 15, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“With this exhortation we find ourselves right at the heart of James pastoral concern and v22 is rightly the best known verse in the letter.” Doug Moo “No matter how extensive one’s scriptural knowledge, how amazing one’s memory, it is s... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Difference Meekness Makes"

March 1, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Another reason for a book on the new birth is to help followers of Christ to know what really happened to us when we were converted. It is far more glorious than many think it is. It is also more glorious than I think it is. It is wonderful beyond all human com... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Trials, Temptations, and Good Gifts"

February 23, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

“Every trial is also a temptation.” Alec Motyer “The stakes are high here. Suffering will either leave you a much better person or a much worse one that you were before. Trials and troubles in life, which are inevitable, will either make you or brea... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Generous God for a Difficult Trial"

February 9, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Not till we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God’s holiness and sovereignty, acknowledging our littleness, distrusting our own thoughts and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours.” J.I. Packer... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Radical Proposal"

February 2, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“To count testing as a joy is a truly radical proposal. How can a trial be regarded as a joy? And can it be regarded as ‘altogether’ or ‘all’ joy?” Don McCartney “Frankly, many of us would prefer that this passage were not in... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Numbering Our Days in 2016"

January 12, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

"This community lament has some unspecified disaster as its background.” ESV Study Bible “It was composed on one of the occasions when the people of God were being struck dead as a judgment on their sin.” Eric Lane “He alone is self-existent.... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "James' Take on Job"

January 5, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“About 95 percent of the book of Job is poetry. Chapters 1,2 and part of chapter 42 are prose. Almost all the rest is poetry. But so what? Well, poetry does not speak to us in the same way as prose. Poems ‘are always a personal take on something, communica... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Happy Ending"

December 30, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“After nearly 40 chapters of tempestuous poetry, the return to the simplicity of prose and the idyllic setting in which the book had opened rounds off this masterpiece, one may feel, to perfection.” Derek Kidner “In some deep way it is necessary for... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: " The Offense of Christmas"

December 21, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.” J.I. Packer “When God chose a human father for his Son, he chose a man who would be righteous and kind, qualities that reflect God the Father himself.” Ligon Duncan &ld... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Out of the Whirlwind, God Speaks"

December 8, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“‘Had I been present at creation I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.’ Those words are attributed to King Alphonso the Tenth, King of Spain in the thirteenth century, nicknamed ‘Alphonso the Learned.&rsq... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Meet Elihu"

November 23, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The artistic skill of the author of these chapters in sustaining the tension in Job, and also in preparing us carefully for the final word from the Lord, is unsurpassed.” David Atkinson “We have heard Job’s passionate last stand. We are waiti... Keep Reading

“This is not the question of the armchair religious or philosophical dilettante, enjoying a stimulating debate. This is the agonized question of the wheelchair sufferer who feels he or she desperately needs an answer. In chapter 28 we stand back from the pain an... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Protest of Job"

October 19, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Job is forty two chapters long. We may consider that rather an obvious observation... But the point is this: in his wisdom God has given us a very long book, and he has done so for a reason. It is easy just to read or preach the beginning and the end and to ski... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Friends of Job"

October 6, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“We might think the testing of Job is over. But alas, there is one final test, perhaps the toughest. Satan slithers away, while Job’s closet companions cozy up.” Douglas O’ Connell “These friends came unto him under pretense of consolati... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Lament of Job"

September 22, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Job 3 is a very important chapter for contemporary Christianity. There is a version of Christianity around that is shallow, trite, superficial, ‘happy clappy’. It is a kind of Christianity that, as has been said, ‘would have had Jesus singing ... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Testing of Job"

September 15, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The book of Job tells the story of a good man overwhelmed by troubles. He is stripped of his wealth, his family, and his health. He does not know why God has done this to him. Only the reader knows that God is trying to prove to the Devil that Job’s faith... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Safe Journey"

August 18, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“It is to be feared, that the Psalms are by no means prized as in earlier ages of the church.” Charles Spurgeon “In the Psalms you meet God where you are.” David Powlison “None of this Psalm addresses God; all of it brings good news abo... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "When Life Doesn't Make Sense"

August 11, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Sharing in suffering probably unites our hearts together in Christ more than any other aspect of fellowship.” Jerry Bridges “It will take faith to wait patiently for God’s plan to unfold, but the righteous believe that God will accomplish it.... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Cup"

June 23, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Since it would not be possible for any believer, however experienced, to know for himself all our Lord endured in mental suffering and hellish malice, it is clearly far beyond the preachers capacity to set it forth to you. Jesus himself must give you access to ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Lord's Supper

May 26, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The Lord’s Supper, which was instituted by Jesus, and which is the only regular commemorative act authorized by him, dramatizes neither his birth nor his life, neither his words nor his works, but only his death. Nothing could indicate more clearly the ce... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: How Should We Then Live?

May 19, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

"[Schaeffer’s] purpose was to show how ideas, as they have been embraced or discarded, have shaped the rise and decline of Western culture.” Richard Phillips “What [people] are in their thought world determines how they act….The results ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Slow Motion

May 12, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“When it comes to Good Friday the Gospels go into slow motion. They have passed over in silence whole decades of Jesus life, and even when they pick up the threads of the public ministry there are weeks and months of which they say nothing. Our printed Bibles do... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Extravagant Devotion

May 5, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Though he had the prospect of death approaching, yet he did not abandon himself to a melancholy retirement from all company, but conversed as freely with his friends as usual.” Matthew Henry “He recommended this piece of heroic piety to the applaus... Keep Reading

“The test of liberality is not what is given, but what is left.” James Brooks “The scribes are ostentatious and the crowds are rich and extravagant; but by contrast this ‘one poor widow’ contributes two of the smallest coins in circulati... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Power of Weakness

April 21, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

"The duties God requires of us are not in proportion to the strength we possess in ourselves. Rather, they are proportional to the resources available to us in Christ. We do not have the ability in ourselves to accomplish the least of God's tasks. This is a law of gra... Keep Reading

“How interesting that God didn’t select the Sabbath (Israel’s holy day) as the resurrection day. Instead he chose the next day to be the new holy day. He chose Sunday to be the day we worship his Son (the Lord’s day). Perhaps he chose a new day... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Question of the Day

March 31, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The scholars and scribes may have been finished with all their questions for Jesus, but Jesus still had one last question for them. It was really more like a riddle, and its answer unlocks the mystery at the heart of the universe.” Phil Ryken “Afte... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Near, But Not In"

March 24, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 12:28-34... Keep Reading

Quotes from Rick Holland's sermon on Romans 5:3-5... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Setting the Sadducees Straight"

March 10, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

“His enemies are relentless and they attack him in waves. Wave upon wave, delegation upon delegation approaching him to attack him publicly, discredit him so he might lose the popular support of the people, while they privately plot and plan how to kill him.&rdq... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "God and Caesar"

March 3, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

“It may be the most famous of all Jesus pronouncement stories.” Robert Stein “The statement by our Lord was not only astounding the instant it was uttered, but is even today universally acclaimed to be the single most influential political statement... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Killing the Owner's Son"

February 10, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 12:1-12... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Planned for Prime Time"

January 20, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 11:11-25.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Triumphal Entry"

January 13, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

“Every schoolboy is supposed to know Julius Caesar’s famous words before he crossed the River Rubicon, ‘The die is cast.' It means that a point of no return has been reached. This was true now for Jesus. There was no turning back. Now his last days h... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Wisdom from Above for 2015"

January 7, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on James 5:13.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "But Now I See"

December 16, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:46-52.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Why He Came"

December 9, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:35-45.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Christ Our Mediator"

December 2, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on 1 Timothy 2:1-7.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Simply Astounding"

November 26, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:32-34... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Rich Man and Discipleship"

November 13, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:17-31... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Divorce and Discipleship"

October 22, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:1-12... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes "Guard"

October 14, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Hebrews 3:12-13... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "This Is Serious"

October 7, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:42-50... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Deepening Our Joy"

September 30, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Jeremiah 9:23-24... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Mistaken Zeal"

September 23, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:38-41... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Greatness Redefined"

September 9, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:30-37... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Equipped Church"

September 2, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from Brian's message on Ephesians 4:11-26... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "A Stunning Prediction"

August 20, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 8:31-9:1... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Transfiguration"

August 19, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:2-13... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Signs and Sight

July 21, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

During the Sunday sermon, C.J. read two excellent quotes.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Worship and the Cross

July 15, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from Bob's message on Revelation 5.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Why Did He Do It Again

July 7, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 8:1-9... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: A Beautiful Unusual Miracle

July 1, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from CJ's sermon this past Sunday on Mark 7:31-37.... Keep Reading

Quotations from CJ's sermon this past Sunday on Mark 7:24-30.... Keep Reading

Sermon quotes from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 7:14-23... Keep Reading

Quotes C.J. used in his sermon on 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Saved by Grace]

June 2, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from Shawn Woo's sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Defining Moment]

May 27, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

On Sunday, C.J. used several superb quotes to further exposit the passage from Mark's gospel.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Worker Approved]

May 22, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from Mack Stiles message on 2 Timothy 2:14-19... Keep Reading

On sunday, C.J. read two excellent quotes during his sermon. ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Boys in the Boat]

May 6, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

In his sermon on Sunday, C.J. quoted several excellent Bible scholars whose words served to magnify the glory of Jesus Christ. ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Feeding the Five Thousand]

April 29, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

This past Sunday, C.J. read several excellent quotes to expound this passage about Jesus feeding the five thousand. ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Tell Them That Again]

April 21, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

In his sermon for Resurrection Sunday, CJ directed our gaze toward the Risen Lord with several superb quotes. Our church is so blessed to benefit from the wisdom of these Bible scholars.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Deflating the Puffed Up Church]

April 7, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word!... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Gracious Warning]

April 3, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word!... Keep Reading

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