Theologians I Quoted in the Church Bulletin (2015 Edition)
At the end of every month I include one theological quote in the church bulletin. Here's a look back at 2015.
- •JAN: Matthew Poole"They are said to be 'dead to sin,' who do not live under the power and dominion of it; who mortify sin, and suffer it (so far as they can) to have no life or power in it. Fall into it they may, but live and lie in it they cannot. It is not falling into the water that drowns a man, but it is his lying in it; so it is not falling into sin that damns a man, but it is his living in it."
- •FEB: Heidelberg Catechism"Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death? A. That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head…"
- •MAR: Horatius Bonar"Never lose sight of this great truth that the evil thing in you, which is the root of bitterness to the soul, is distrust of God; distrust of the Father, who so loved the world as to give His son; distrust of the Son, who came to seek and save that which was lost; distrust of the Holy Ghost, whose tender mercies are over you, and whose work of love is to reveal the Christ of God to your souls."
- •APR: Heidelberg CatechismSomehow I re-used the quote from February. It's a good one!
- •MAY: J. Gresham Machen"It is of the very nature of faith, strictly speaking, to do nothing. So when it is said that faith works through love, that means that through faith, instead of doing something for ourselves we allow someone else to help us. That force which enters our life at the beginning through faith, before we could do anything at all to please God, and which then strengthens and supports us in the battle that it has enabled us to begin, is the power of the Spirit of God.…"
- •JUN: Charles Spurgeon"To a spiritual mind nettles have their use, and weeds have their doctrine. Are not all thorns and thistles meant to be teachers to sinful men? Are they not brought forth of the earth on purpose that they may show us what sin has done, and the kind of produce that will come when we sow the seed of rebellion against God? "
- •JUL: Charles Hodge"Faith is not a blind, irrational conviction. In order to believe, we must know what we believe, and the grounds on which our faith rests."
- •AUG: John Calvin"To sum up, we observe that freedom is given to this end, that we may use God's gifts as he intended, with a quiet conscience and a calm mind, and that, assured of his generosity toward us, our souls may have peace and rest with God."
- •SEP: Peter Martyr Vermigli"It is of great importance for us to embrace this making of the world with faith, so that the Creed may take its starting point here. Should this be taken away, the first sin will not stand out, the promises about Christ will collapse, and all the power of religion is sunk to the bottom."
- •OCT: John Bradford"Lead us not into temptation.' Because of our great infirmities, and the great deception of the enemy, God has appointed this petition for his children as a remedy."
- •NOV: Dietrich Bonhoeffer"The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us."
- •DEC: Michael Horton"If baptism is the bath for the beginning of this journey, the Supper is the table that God spreads in the wilderness along the way."