How do we bring glory to God? The Bible’s short answer is: by growing more and more like Jesus Christ.— Sinclair B. Ferguson
The most perspective Sinclair B. Ferguson quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
My security as a Christian does not reside in the strength of my faith but in the indestructibili ty of my Savior.
When I know that Christ is the one real sacrifice for my sins, that His work on my behalf has been accepted by God, that He is my heavenly Intercessor - then His blood is the antidote to the poison in the voices that echo in my conscience, condemning me for my many failures. Indeed, Christ's shed blood chokes them into silence!
Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment.
True discernment means not only distinguishing the right from the wrong;
it means distinguishing the primary from the secondary, the essential from the indifferent, and the permanent from the transient. And, yes, it means distinguishing between the good and the better, and even between the better and the best.
True faith takes its character and quality from its object.
Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!
There is nothing more important to learn about Christian growth than this: Growing in grace means becoming like Christ.
Be obedient even when you do not know where obedience may lead you
We [should not] make the mistake of thinking that marriage will provide the ultimate satisfaction for which we all hunger. To assume so would be to be guilty of blasphemy. Only God satisfies the hungry heart. Marriage is but one of the channels He uses to enable us to taste how deeply satisfying His thirst-quenching grace can be.
The fear of the Lord tends to take away all other fears.
.. This is the secret of Christian courage and boldness.
The real test that I believe that God is love is that tragedies don't separate me from the conviction that God is love.
Knowing God is your single greatest privilege as a Christian
There is a difference between going to a service "for the worship" and going to a service "to worship the Lord." The distinction appears to be a minor one, but it may imply the difference between the worship of God and the worship of music!
The holiness of God teaches us that there is only one way to deal with sin- radically, seriously, painfully, constantly. If you do not so live, you do not live in the presence of the Holy One of Israel.
Our first priority in ministry must be love.
Love for His Word, love for His people, and love for His appearing.
You do not become a master musician by playing just as you please, by imagining that learning the scales is sheer legalism and bondage! No, true freedom in any area of life is the consequence of regular discipline. It is no less true of the life of prayer.
Repentance is a characteristic of the whole life, not the action of a single moment.
Humility is not simply feeling small and useless - like an inferiority complex.
It is sensing how great and glorious God is, and seeing myself in that light.
When you look at the Cross, what do you see? You see God’s awesome faithfulness. Nothing – not even the instinct to spare His own Son – will turn him back from keeping His word.
Twentieth-century man needs to be reminded at times that work is not the result of the Fall. Man was made to work, because the God who made him was a 'working God.' Man was made to be creative, with his mind and his hands. Work is part of the dignity of his existence.
You must know, rest in, think through, and act upon your new identity - you are in Christ
Jesus has a special, compassionate concern for those who are broken and needy.
Our thinking about who we are as Christians should not begin with what we can discover about ourselves by self-analysis. Rather, it begins with what God says about those who trust in Christ.
Spiritual growth depends on two things: first a willingness to live according to the Word of God; second, a willingness to take whatever consequences emerge as a result.
Worship is not something we "work up," it is something that "comes down" to us, from the character of God.
If you desire anything less for yourself than absolute obedience to God, a life of total devotion to the Lord, a life of absolute sin-less-ness - if you desire anything less, you are fighting against God's desire for you.
God's guidance will require patience on our part.
His leading is not usually a direct assurance, a revelation, but His sovereign controlling of the circumstances of our lives, with the Word of God as our rule. It is therefore, inevitable that the unfolding of His purposes will take time - sometimes a very long time.
Secular humanism debases the human.
The conviction that Christian doctrine matters for Christian living is one of the most important growth points of the Christian life.
Christians have a new identity. We are no longer 'in Adam' but 'in Christ'; no longer in the flesh but in the Spirit.
If you are justified, you can no more be unjustified than Christ can be pulled down from heaven.
Don't tell me that you have a Reformed Church in the tradition of Calvin until you have the preaching of the Word every day of the week, devote Wednesday's to prayer and have the church gather together for prayer.
The foundation of worship in the heart is not emotional ("I feel full of worship" or "The atmosphere is so worshipful"). Actually, it is theological. Worship is not something we "work up," it is something that "comes down" to us, from the character of God.
Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!
God's promises are not fortune cookies.
We do not use them in order to get a spiritual "fix" for the day.
Regeneration, however it is described, is a divine activity in us, in which we are not the actors but the recipients.
No short-cut that tries to bypass the patient unfolding of the true character of God, and our relationship to him as his children, can ever succeed in providing long-term spiritual therapy.
Christianity is Christ because there isn't anything else.
There is no atonement that somehow can be detached from who the Lord Jesus is. There is no grace that can be attached to you transferred from Him. All there is, is Christ and your soul.
God has chosen us. Our status is not a matter of our worthiness, but of His love.
The jewels of spiritual service are always quarried in the depths of spiritual experience. Never is this more true than in revival. Bend the church and save the people.
We are far too good at analyzing what is wrong with the culture and far too myopic at analyzing what is wrong in the church.
When I look at the cross, I learn to say: 'The Son of God loved me, and gave Himself for me' (Galatians 2:20). I begin to believe with Paul that if God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up to the cross for me, then He loves me so much He will always give me only what will bring me blessing (Romans 8:32).
Probably no theologian in English language has ever rivaled Owen stressing the absolute centrality of Christ's penal substitution and therefore his as Priest. . . . For that reason alone The Priesthood of Christ is worth all the time it takes to read it with humility, care, and reflection.
The foundation of our love for the Lord lies in the recognition of His holiness, our sinfulness, and His grace.
Do I learn through dark providences, or simply seem relieved when they are over?
Marriage, and the process of coming to it, is not heaven! It is the bonding together of two needy sinners in order to make a partnership which is substantially greater than either of them alone.
The only thing of my very own which I contribute to my redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed.
Remember that you are not saved by increased levels of holiness, however desirable it is that you should reach them. ...It is Christ who saves us-through faith. Your faith is a poor and crumbling thing, as is your spiritual service. Jesus Christ alone is qualified and able to save you because of what He has done.
The notion that we are children of God, his own sons and daughters, lies at the heart of all Christian theology, and is the mainspring of all Christian living.