Thursday, June 7, 2012

Preach It!

While going through my old "sermon notebooks" recently,  I realized that I have a treasury of quotes from people I've heard preach at my church.  I thought it would be cool to blog them.
Here are a few nuggets I've been privileged to hear.  Maybe this is the place to explain that our pastor shares his pulpit with other trusted church leaders, so these quotes come from a variety of people.

From Susan Peters:
"Great leaders don't desire as much to lead as they desire to serve."
"Be an extravagant lovers of others." 

From Linda Fyke in her breakout session on dealing with a prodigal:
"If you stay obsessed with your prodigal, you won't be letting God change YOU."
"You can't notice and won't celebrate what is good in your prodigal if you're wrapped up in their imperfections."
"People only change when they get a revelation from God, and you're not their God. You are NOT your family's Saviour."
"Build an Abraham altar for your Isaac and offer them up to God."

From Jimmy Seibert:
"God chose David when he was obscurely being faithful and content.  Be diligent and be content right where you are."
"What would you do if you had no fear?"
"God is not pleased with our sin - but He is pleased with us."
"When God is being glorified, everything else falls into place."
"Most of us pursue the glory of ourselves, not the glory of God."
"God created us to be in fellowship.  When you isolate yourself, you become disillusioned and cynical.  If you pull away from God's body, the church, you pull away from God."
"Believers should live simply, work diligently, and give generously.  That is the New Testament Church."
"Living counter-culturally in America has power."
"Be thankful!  Whining and complaining doesn't bring God into the situation.  Give God something to work with!"
"Everything in life that is good and successful is tied to discipline."

From Keith Wheeler:
"The Scriptures are not just stories to be read - they're stories to be lived."

From Fred Nelson:
"When we go to the world for our affirmation and self worth, we end up in either pride or self-pity." 
"Be unapologetically co-dependent on God." 
"Build your life around spending time with God."

Robert Herber:
"Our greatest evangelical tool is our faces."
"Try to smile like Jesus would smile."

Vincent Carpenter:
"Hell is not a bad thing to talk about with unbelievers.  If we leave it out, people don't know the consequences of not giving their lives to God.  Start with fear to get to His grace and love."
"Our culture encourages us to work our problems out on our own and to hide our stuff from others.  The church needs to get in our stuff!"

Donnie Martin:
"Maturity is understanding your own limits."
"Sex between husband and wife is an act of worship."

Joe Ewen in a sermon on the life of Joseph and the power of forgiveness:
"Joseph paid a heavy price for his fancy coat." 
"We have the power to retain or release sin against us."
"Unforgiveness leads to an impoverishment of spirit."

You can probably tell that we hear a lot of good stuff at our church.  I hope you will share sermon quotes you have found meaningful, too~