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Five Key Connections: Ministry, Paul, and more

May 16, 2019

Here are five of my favorite quotes from recent Christian articles, including a quote on ministry, an article on Paul, and more!

One Man Against A City (John MacArthur, Grace to You)

Athens stirred Paul’s emotions. The phrase “his spirit was being provoked within him” employs a Greek word,  paroxunō (“provoked”), which speaks of intense agitation. Our word paroxysm comes from this root. Paul was saddened, grieved, indignant, and outraged at the widespread idolatry he saw. He knew these people were giving stone idols glory, which rightfully belongs to God alone.

Paul could not maintain his silence in the face of such an affront to the one true God. Provoked to his godly core, he was about to unleash an amazing evangelistic sermon to his unbelieving audience.

The Work of Ministry (Laura Lundgren, Servants of Grace)

In our little church, “the work of ministry” looks like making coffee, clicking powerpoints, opening doors, and greeting strangers and friends alike. It looks like planning crafts and arranging snacks. It looks like wiping noses and playing with blocks. It looks like preaching and singing and praying for one another.

Be Who You Are in Jesus Christ (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)

How could that be true of people who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God? God does not tread us down by branding us according to our nature. He lifts us up by calling us to be who we are in Christ. 

How Do We Know If We Have The Spirit?(Casey Lewis, For the Church)

We can be sure we have a heavenly home because the all-sovereign promising keeping God has “prepared us for this very thing” (2 Cor 5:5a). Having prepared us for it, we can be sure God will bring us to our heavenly home. God’s track record is flawless, and His ability to accomplish His purposes is unquestionable. 

20 Quotes from Don Carson on Gospel Centrality (Matt Smethurst and Don Carson, TGC)

In all our sinning, God is invariably the most offended party. That is why we must have his forgiveness, or we have nothing.

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Davis Wetherell

Davis Wetherell (MA in English, Marquette University) is a writer and editor. He currently manages article content for Unlocking the Bible. He previously taught college classes on literature, rhetoric, and composition. Davis has a heart for writers and loves to serve them. Check out his blog, or connect with him on Twitter!

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