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Acts 17:11

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ON SALVATION FROM THE POWER OF SIN:

"Not only the guilt, but the love of sin, and its dominion, are taken away, subdued by grace, and cordially renounced by the believing pardoned sinner."

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"To pretend to preach the truth without offending carnal men, is to pretend to be able to do what Jesus Christ could not do."

Thomas Wilson

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"One circumstance appears plain from the Registers of their persecutors, and is well worthy of being noted: that these martyrs do not appear to have held a variety of doctrines and opinions, as the Roman Catholics contend is always the consequence of leaving that communion; their doctrines were uniform; and scarcely one that is not now held by every true Protestant."

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"The light causes not darkness, but the absence of the light; so the Word causes not heresies, but the absence of the Word."

Elnathan Parr

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WILLIAM TYNDALE QUOTE ON FAITHFULLY PREACHING THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL

"Expound the Law truly ... to condemn all flesh, and prove all men sinners ... and then as a faithful minister, set abroach the mercy of our Lord Jesus, and let the wounded consciences drink of the water of Him."

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"If you be not acquainted with [Scripture], you must follow the opinions or examples of other men, and what if they lead you unto destruction?"

Hugh Binning

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"Humility is not a mere ornament of a Christian, but an essential part of the new creature: it is a contradiction to be a sanctified man, or a true Christian, and not humble."

Richard Baxter

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Charles H. Spurgeon Quotes

CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON or C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a well known British Baptist Preacher and Author, known as the "Prince of Preachers."

Quote on the Power of Fervent Prayer: (Reference Verses: James 5:16, Hebrews 11:6)

"Prayer pulls the rope below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly; others give but an occasional pluck at the rope; but he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might." - C. H. Spurgeon

Feathers for Arrows or Illustrations for Preachers and Teachers by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Salvation by Grace Alone (Sola Gratia): (Reference Verses: Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 9:16, John 6:44 and 15:5)

"Payson, when dying, expressed himself with great earnestness respecting the grace of God as exercised in saving lost men, and seemed particularly affected that it should be bestowed on one so ill-deserving as himself. 'Oh, how sovereign! Grace is the only thing that can make us like God. I might be dragged through heaven, earth, and hell, and I should be still the same sinful, polluted wretch, unless God himself should renew and cleanse me.'" - C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Genuine Conviction of Sin and the insufficiency of human power or will:

“When [man] cannot any longer deny that he is guilty of sin, he says that it was only a very little one; and it is long before you can get him to admit that sin is exceedingly sinful; indeed, no human power can ever produce genuine conviction in the heart of a single sinner; it must be the work of the Holy Spirit." - C. H. Spurgeon

Third Series of Lectures to My Students, The Art of Illustration by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Humility in Christians and Ministers: (Reference Scriptures: John 13:16, Matthew 23:5-12, James 4:4)

“When (Godfrey) had entered Jerusalem at the head of his victorious army, he refused to wear the crown with which his soldiers wanted to deck his brow, 'For,' said he, 'why should I wear a crown of gold in the city where my Lord wore a crown of thorns?' This is a good lesson for us to learn ourselves, and to teach to our people. In the world where Christ was despised and rejected of men, it would be unseemly for a Christian to be seeking to win earthly honors, or ambitiously hunting after fame. The disciple must not think of being above his Master, nor the servant above his Lord." - C. H. Spurgeon

Third Series of Lectures to My Students - The Art of Illustration by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Seeking Vain Glory in Serving God: (Reference Scriptures: Philippians 2:13, John 15:5)

In the “story of Phidias and the stature of the god ... After he had finished [carving] it, he had chiseled in the corner ... the word 'Phidias,' and it was objected that the statue could not be worshipped as a god, nor considered sacred, while it bore the sculptor's name. ... How could he dare, they asked, to put his own name on the image of a god? So, some of us are very apt to want to put our little names down at the bottom of any work which we have done for God, that we may be remembered, whereas we ought rather to upbraid ourselves for wishing to have any of the credit of that which God the Holy Ghost enables us to do." - C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Pastoral Humility, and Their Duty to Edify, Equip and Empower Their Congregations: (Reference Scriptures: Matthew 23:8-11, Hebrews 10:24)

"For my part I should loathe to be the pastor of a people who have nothing to say, or who, if they do say anything, might as well be quiet, for the pastor is Lord Paramount, and they are mere laymen and nobodies. ... Our system was never intended to promote the glory of priests and pastors, but it is calculated to educate manly Christians, who will not take their faith at second-hand. What am I, and what are you, that we should be lords over God's heritage? Dare any of us say ... I am the most important person in the church? If so, the Holy Spirit is not likely to use such unsuitable instruments." - C. H. Spurgeon

Second Series of Lectures to My Students by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Secret Sins Witnessed by God: (Reference Scriptures: Psalm 44:21, 1 Chronicles 28:9)

There is a “story of an ancient sculptor, who was about to put the image of a god into a heathen temple, although he had not finished that portion of the statue which was to be imbedded in the wall. The priest demurred, and declared that the statue was not completed. The sculptor said, 'That part of the god will never be seen, for it will be built into the wall.' 'The gods can see in the wall,' answered the priest. In like manner, the most private parts of our life, those secret matters that can never reach the human eye, are still under the ken of the Almighty, and ought to be attended to with the greatest care. It is not sufficient for us to maintain our public reputation among our fellow-creatures, for our God can see in the wall, he notices our coldness in the closet of communion, and he perceives our faults and failures in the family." - C. H. Spurgeon

Third Series of Lectures to My Students - The Art of Illustration by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on the Salvation of Children and Their Christian Education: (Reference Scriptures: Proverbs 20:11 and 22:6, Ecclesiastes 11:10, 1 Samuel 3, 2 Kings 2:32, Isaiah 65:20, Matthew 21:15-16, Luke 1:41-44)

“Christian children mainly need to be taught the doctrine, precept, and life of the gospel: they require to have Divine truth put before them clearly and forcibly. ... If there be any doctrine too difficult for a child, it is rather the fault of the teacher's conception of it than of the child's power to receive it, provided that child be really converted to God. It is ours to make doctrine simple; this is to be a main part of our work. Teach the little ones the whole truth and nothing but the truth; for instruction is the great want of the child's nature. ... Children in grace have to grow, rising to greater capacity in knowing, being, doing, and feeling, and to greater power from God; therefore above all things they must be fed. ... Whether we teach young Christians truth or not, the devil will be sure to teach them error. ... The more the young are taught the better; it will keep them from being misled. ...

We are specially exhorted to feed them because they are so likely to be overlooked. I am afraid our sermons often go over the heads of the younger folk - who, nevertheless, may be as true Christians as the older ones. Blessed is he who can so speak as to be understood by a child! Blessed is that godly woman who in her class so adapts herself to girlish modes of thought that the truth from her heart streams into the children's hearts without let or hindrance. ...

We are specially exhorted to feed the young because this work is so profitable. ... take a child-convert and teach him well, and as early piety often becomes eminent piety, and that eminent piety may have a stretch of years before it in which God may be glorified and others may be blessed, such work is profitable in a high degree. It is also most beneficial work to ourselves. It exercises our humility and helps to keep us lowly and meek. It also trains our patience ... If you want big-souled, large-hearted men or women, look for them among those who are much engaged among the young, bearing with their follies, and sympathizing with their weaknesses for Jesus' sake." - C. H. Spurgeon

Come Ye Children - The Christian Training of Children by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Sin being described in God's Word to forewarn us: (Reference Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:11)

"A Jew was seeking an opportunity of stabbing the Reformer, but Luther [had] received a portrait of the would-be murderer, so that, wherever he went, he was on his guard against the assassin. Using this fact himself as an illustration, Luther said, 'God knows that there are sins that would destroy us, and he has therefore given us portraits of them in his Word, so that, wherever we see them, we may say, That is a sin that would stab me; I must beware of that evil thing, and keep out of its way.'" - C. H. Spurgeon

Third Series of Lectures to My Students - The Art of Illustration by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Illustrating Biblical Doctrines with Parables and Metaphors from History and Nature: (Reference Scripture: Romans 1:20)

"God who is the Author of revelation, is also the Author of creation, and providence, and history, and everything else from which you ought to draw your illustrations. When you use natural history to illustrate the Scriptures, you are only explaining one of God's books by another volume that He has written. ... So creation, providence, and history, are all books which God has written for those to read ... who have ears to hear His voice in them, written even for carnal men to read, that they may see something of God therein. ... That which can be seen, and tasted, and touched, and handled, is meant to be to us the outward and visible sign of a something which we find in the Word of God, and in our spiritual experience ... so that there is nothing forced and unnatural in bringing nature to illustrate grace; it was ordained of God for that very purpose." - C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on the Deceit of Temptation:

"Temptation [is] soft and gentle when first it cometh to us, but how deadly, how damnable the wounds it causeth ere long!" - C. H. Spurgeon

Third Series of Lectures to My Students - The Art of Illustration by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on God Equipping us Proportionate to our Battles: (Reference Verse: Psalm 18:39)

"Whenever the Lord sets His servants to do extraordinary work He always gives them extraordinary strength; or if He puts them to unusual suffering He gives them unusual patience. When we enter upon war with some petty New Zealand chief, our troops expect to have their charges defrayed, and accordingly we pay them gold by thousands, as their expenses may require; but when an army marches against a grim monarch, in an unknown country ... we pay, as we know to our cost, not by thousands but by millions. And thus, if God calls us to common and ordinary trials, He will defray the charges of our warfare by thousands, but if He commands us to an unusual struggle with some tremendous foe, He will discharge the liabilities of our war by millions" - C. H. Spurgeon

Feathers for Arrows or Illustrations for Preachers and Teachers by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Humility Pacifying Wrath: (Reference Scripture: Ecclesiastes 10:4, Proverbs 15:1 and 25:15, James 4:10)

"There was a dog which was in the habit of coming through the fence, and scratching in my flower-beds ... Walking in the garden, one Saturday afternoon ... I saw the four-footed creature ... and having a walking-stick in my hand, I threw it at him with all my might, at the same time giving him some good advice about going home. Now, what should my canine friend do but turn round, pick up the stick in his mouth, and bring it, and lay it down at my feet, wagging his tail all the while in expectation of my thanks and kind words? ... I felt quite ashamed of myself, and I told him that he was welcome to stay as long as he liked, and to come as often as he pleased. There was an instance of the power of non-resistance, submission, patience, and trust, in overcoming even righteous anger." - C. H. Spurgeon

Third Series of Lectures to My Students - The Art of Illustration by C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote Against Ministers using Fabricated Stories as if True: (Reference Scripture: Proverbs 13:5)

"Let me say that nobody need make anecdotes in order to interest a congregation. ... That kind of work will not do for a Christian minister. ... Whenever I have the slightest suspicion about the truth of a story, I drop it at once; and I think that everyone else should do the same. So long as the anecdotes... are generally believed, and provided they can be used for profitable purpose, I believe they may be told, without any affirmation as to their truthfulness being made in a court of justice; but the moment any doubt comes across the mind of the preacher as to whether the tale is at least founded on fact, I think he had better look for something else, for he has the whole world to go to as a storehouse of illustration." - C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on the Power of Sin over Mere Human Resolve; and the Sinners Defeat in Temptation Driving him to Christ for mercy and strength:

"How well it is when the fleshly reformations of unregenerate men are broken to pieces, if thus they are led to fly to the Lord Jesus, and in the strength of His Spirit are brought to build solidly for eternity. Lord, if Thou suffer my resolves and hopes to be carried away by temptations and the force of my corruptions, grant that this blessed calamity may drive me to depend wholly on Thy grace, which cannot fail me." - C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Clinging to this Life - a Sign of Spiritual Immaturity:

"Maturity in grace makes us willing to part with worldly goods; the green apple needs a sharp twist to separate it from the bough; but the ripe fruit parts readily from the wood. Maturity in grace makes it easier to part with life itself; the unripe pear is scarcely beaten down with much labor, while its mellow companion drops readily into the hand with the slightest shake. Rest assured that love to the things of this life, and cleaving to this present state, are sure indications of immaturity in the divine life." - C. H. Spurgeon

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Quote on Adversity Shielding and Breeding Purity:

"'In one place ... I met with a curious natural conservatory. The under surface of the snow [had] melted by the warmth of the soil ... [forming] A snowy vault ... glazed on top with thin plates of transparent ice; and here grew a most lovely cushion of the Aretica Helvetica, covered with hundreds of its delicate rosy flowers ... The dark color of the soil favored the absorption of heat; and, prisoned in its crystal cave, this little fairy grew and blossomed securely from the very heart of winter, the unfavorable circumstances around all seeming so many ministers of good, increasing its strength, and enhancing its loveliness.' This delightful little sketch of nature by Mr. Hugh Macmillan may be paralleled in the kingdom of grace; for in the cold shade of poverty protected from a thousand temptations by that very scant, and in the centre of sinful society, stimulated to a bolder confession by the surrounding opposition, we have met with the rarest specimens of grace. Where every influence appeared deadly, the most vigorous spiritual life has been produced." - C. H. Spurgeon

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