The gospel is…the word about Jesus Christ and what he did for us in order to restore us to a right relationship with God. – Graeme Goldsworthy

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Why are they coming on Sunday?

“I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom.” – I Cor. 2.3-4

“‘Man’s wisdom’ includes all methods. There is to be no playing about with lights and putting on a show, no entertaining people in order to get at them and win them, no psychological treatment. The Lord abhors all such things. “Not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (v. 4). There were no tricks in the work of the apostle Paul. He goes on: “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom men” – in human cleverness and tricks and games – “but in the power of God” (v. 5). You can get adherents. You can get people to join your church, but you do not thereby make them Christians. The Holy Spirit alone can convince.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Courageous Christianity (197)

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