Sermon Quotes: "The Difference Meekness Makes"

“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 comprehension. The new birth is not a work of man. No human being makes the new birth happen. No preacher and no writer can make it happen. It happens to us, not by us. But it always happens through the word of God. When you are truly born again and grow in the grace and knowledge of what the Lord has done for you, your fellowship with God will be sweet, and your assurance that he is your Father will be deep. I want that for you. If you know what really happened to you in your new birth, you will treasure God and his Spirit and his Son and his word more highly than ever have. In this, Christ will be glorified.” John Piper

“The meek do not rail against the Lord in their persecution. They might not understand why something has happened to them-it is hard to understand how God’s love and our own suffering coexist-but the meek don’t demand answers. Instead they trust God because of who he is, what he has said, and what he has done. They wait. They walk before the Lord in humble obedience. But meekness might not describe you. Instead, you might insist on understanding rather than trust. Your questions to God might verge on the angry and accusing rather than submissive.” Ed Welch

“It (God’s word) just needs meekness to activate its immense powers.” Alec Motyer

“We might wonder why the ever practical James does not proceed to outline schemes of daily Bible reading or the like, for surely these are the ways in which we offer a willing ear to the voice of God. But he does not help us in this way. Rather, he goes deeper, for there is little point in schemes and times if we have not got an attentive spirit. It is possible to be unfailingly regular in Bible reading, but to achieve no more than have moved the book-mark forward, this is reading unrelated to an attentive spirit. The word is read but not heard.” Alec Motyer