The Gospel, A Sacrifice
Paul never glamorized the gospel. It is not success, but sacrifice.
It’s not a glamorous gospel, but a bloody one–a gory gospel, and a sacrificial gospel.
Five minutes inside eternity and we will wish that we had sacrificed more, wept more, grieved more, loved and prayed more, and given more.
True Revivals Are Never Staged
“This is serious business. Time is running out fast for all of us.
The greatest revival that swept America wasn’t staged. It wasn’t advertised. It wasn’t financially backed. It didn’t have broken down film stars and ex-footballers. It was in the ordinary course of a meeting, when Jonathan Edwards preached his sermon, “Sinners in the hands of an angry God.”
There was nobody advertised. There was nobody projected.”
More Than Doctrine Needed In Ministry
“Ours is all theology. We get a starving man and give him a cookbook. Does it help him?
He looks in the cookbook and sees there a dish with potatoes, beef, etc. What do you do?
You tantalize him!
You say, “Oh, I hope one day you can come to our place We’re going to have this dish, this beef, this turkey, and something else.”
And yet the poor man is ravenously hungry!
We give him a picture, but we don’t give him the goods! At the average church on Sunday morning, they give you the menu, but they never give you the meal. They give an outline of theology:
‘This is our precious doctrine.” So, most people will be reciting doctrine in Hell.”
Why Revival Tarries
“As I said, there are two great reasons we don’t have revival.
We’re content to live without it,
It’s too costly.
We don’t want God to disrupt our status quo.
The Christian life can only be lived one way, and that’s God’s way. And God’s way is that I leave all and follow Him.
God’s way is that, in that hour when I think I am going to have joy or something, suddenly that cup turns into a cup of bitterness. When I think I’ve “arrived” at something, the Lord shutters that.
We think, “If I had the privileges of Mrs. So-and-so, I’d be a real saint.”
Taking Up Your Cross Costs Much
“Today it is considered sadistic if you even say that people have to take up their cross. “Don’t tell young people about the cross—they’ll be discouraged.”
Are you suggesting that Jesus wasn’t smart?
“If you’re going to be my disciple, kiss the world goodbye.”
You see, when people are born again these days, they don’t get separated from the world. Most likely their pastor is the most worldly guy around! But if you’re going to get what He wants to give, if you’re going to get the true baptism of the Spirit, you have to drink of that cup.”
The Old Ways
“Before Elijah called down the fire, he rebuilt the old altar.
We don’t want to go back to old altars, to old vows, to old commitments.
We always try to make new things.
God knows they’ll be brought down in a few weeks!
Christianity has not been weighed in the balances and found wanting. It’s being tried, found difficult, and rejected!
It’s too tough. There’s no part-time service. “Leave all and follow me.”
Taking Christ Too Seriously?
“Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying,
‘Leonard, you took Me too seriously’?”
Secret Prayer, A Sign of Humility
“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off.”