The Growth of the Church Greater Than Alexander’s Conquest
Acts 4:13; 1 Corinthians 1:20–25
Had it been published by a voice from heaven that twelve poor men, taken out of boats and creeks, without any help of learning, should conquer the world to the cross, it might have been thought an illusion against all the reason of men; yet we know it was undertaken and accomplished by them. They published this doctrine in Jerusalem, and quickly spread it over the greatest part of the world. Folly outwitted wisdom, and weakness overpowered strength. The conquest of the east by Alexander was not so admirable as the enterprise of these poor men.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Relying On Promises Without Obeying Commandments
Deuteronomy 7:12; 1 Kings 8:35–36; Zechariah 3:7; Matthew 4:7; 7:21; Luke 6:46
We cannot rely on his promises, without obeying his commandments.… Those who leave the means that God recommends, and resolve to make trial of their power and might, act as absurdly as if one were to cut off a man’s arms and hands and then order him to work.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.