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TRUE BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY

“Mystical techniques and the inward journey have no place in true biblical spirituality.  If there is reality experienced in such things, it is a reality other than that promised in the gospel … Christian spirituality, consequently does not journey inward in search of an immediate experience of oneness with God.  Instead, through the indwelling Holy Spirit it looks toward Christ and through him to the Father.  Contemplative mysticism is not the path of biblical spirituality; faith-based relationship with the Triune God is.”

– Andrew Young, Cited in On Global Wizardry: Techniques of Pagan Spirituality and a Christian Response, Peter Jones, Editor

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THE PURITAN VIEW OF PREACHING

“The Puritan view was that preaching ‘gospel sermons’ means teaching the whole Christian system – the character of God, the Trinity, the plan of salvation, the entire work of grace.  To preach Christ, they held, involved preaching all this.  Preach less, they would tell us, and what you do preach will not be properly grasped.”

– J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (p. 169)

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SPURGEON AND THE TRUTH OF GOD

“The doctrine which is now rejected as the effete theory of Puritans and Calvinists will yet conquer human thought and reign supreme.  As surely as the sun which sets tonight shall rise tomorrow as the predestined hour, so shall the truth of God shine forth over the whole earth.”

– C.H. Spurgeon

Cited in Iain Murray, The Forgotten Spurgeon (p. 190)

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THE GOSPEL AND THE CROSS

“Justification is first and foremost about the vindication of God.  God simultaneously preserves his justice while justifying the ungodly.  That is the heart of the gospel … Do you want to see the greatest evidence of the love of God?  Go to the cross.  Do you want to see the greatest evidence of the justice of God?  Go to the cross.  It is where wrath and mercy meet.  Holiness and peace kiss each other.  The climax of redemptive history is the cross.”

– D.A. Carson, Scandalous (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 67, 70)

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JONATHAN EDWARDS AND THE GLORY OF GOD

“God communicates himself to the understanding of the creature, in giving him the knowledge of his glory; and to the will of the creature, in giving him holiness, consisting primarily in the love of God: and in giving the creature happiness, chiefly consisting in joy in God.  These are the sum of that emanation of divine fullness called in Scripture, the glory of God.”

– Jonathan Edwards, The End For Which God Created the World (Carlisle: Banner of Truth Trust, p. 119)

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THE REASON FOR SUFFERING

“The ultimate reason that suffering exists in the universe is so that Christ might display the greatness of the glory of the grace of God by suffering in himself to overcome our suffering.  The suffering of the utterly innocent and infinitely holy Son of God in the place of utterly undeserving sinners to bring us to everlasting joy is the greatest display of the glory of God’s grace that ever was, or ever could be.”

– John Piper, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (Crossway Books, 2006), p. 82