Category: Quotes

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

A Severe MercyThis book tells the story of a young American student becoming a Christian through his friendship with C.S.Lewis. Here’s a quote from it to help us think more about last Sunday’s Bible teaching …

“There is a gap between the probable and the proved. How was I to cross it? If I were to stake my whole life on the risen Christ, I wanted proof – I wanted certainty. I wanted to see him eat a bit of fish. I wanted letters of fire across the sky. I got none of these. And I continued to hang about on the edge of the gap … it was a question of whether I was going to accept him or reject him.

My God, there was a gap behind me as well. Perhaps the leap to acceptance was a horrifying gamble, but what of the leap to rejection! There might be no absolute certainty that Christ was God, but there was no certainty that he was not. This was not to be borne. I could not reject Jesus. There was only one thing to do once I had seen the gap behind me. I turned away from it, and flung myself over the gap towards Jesus.”

Who is this Jesus?- Vaughan Roberts

Vaughan's book, Turning PointsHere’s a quote from it to help us think more about last Sunday’s Bible teaching …

Chris Eubank, the boxer, said ‘I have no vices. I am a hero. Go and look it up in the dictionary and you will find a picture of me.’ There is a man who does no have a problem with low self-esteem! But that is nothing compared to some of the things that Jesus claimed about himself.

In his first recorded words in Mark’s account of his life in the New Testament, he says: ‘The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.’ There is no doubt what he was saying. The Jews had been waiting for generations for the fulfilment of the great promises God had made in the Old Testament – foretelling a time when the Messiah would come to re-establish the kingdom of God and put things right again. He would be a great ruler (‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God’). Jesus was saying, ‘the moment you have all been waiting for has arrived. I am the one to whom the prophets pointed, the one who will bring about the fulfilment of all God’s loving promises.’

Vaughan Roberts: Turning Points

The Church – John Stott

Uncle JohnHere’s a quote from it to help us think more about last Sunday’s Bible teaching …

“On earth she [the church] is often in rags and tatters, stained and ugly, despised and persecuted. But one day, she will be seen for what she is, nothing less than the bride of Christ, ‘free from spots, wrinkles or any other disfigurement’, holy and without blemish, beautiful and glorious.

It is to this constructive end that Christ has been working and is continuing to work. The bride does not make herself presentable; it is the bridegroom who labours to beautify her in order to present her to himself.”

John Stott