10 Quotes from Sinclair Ferguson’s ‘Devoted to God’

Blueprints for Sanctification

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Recently I posted my book review of Sinclair Ferguson’s book, Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification. This work has been one that was good for my mind and soul.

Here I am sharing my ten favorite quotes from the book. The best way to read each quote is to do so slowly and give thought to what is being communicated. Each quote is in the form of tweet. If you are on Twitter, I encourage you to tweet at least one of them (more is better). If you have room use the hashtag #DevotedToGod.

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Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification (The Banner of Truth Trust, 2016)

Devoted to God is Sinclair Ferguson‘s contribution on the subject of the believer’s sanctification. Ferguson is a pastor-theologian. He has ability to both grasp biblical truth and to communicate that truth to the Christian community.

The author intends to provide a manual of biblical teaching on holiness. The reader is intended to learn how to glorify and enjoy God by growing in holiness. Since the Lord is holy, we are to be holy.

Comparing Our Actions to Our Thoughts

Mercy & Grace

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Human beings have a tendency to undervalue our thoughts as compared to our actions. This is especially true when it comes to our understanding of our need for God’s mercy and grace. Often we think that if we can avoid taking a sinful action then we have a fine standing before the Lord. What is missing in this assessment? Is it not that we fail to account for the many sinful thoughts that bounce around in our minds?

Jesus’ Teaching

Jesus taught that we are as culpable for our thoughts as for our actions.

Comparing Our Selves to Other Sinners

Mercy & Grace

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We may cringe when we read the following words from the Pharisee’s prayer in Luke’s gospel. How could anybody pray such a prayer? But I suspect that our cringing may be based on the fact that we are familiar with the story. We know before we ever read this section of Scripture that the Pharisee is the bad guy. So we avoid offering up these kinds of prayers. However we are not so keen on avoiding comparing ourselves to others in our minds and words to others.

“God, I thank you that I am not like other men.”
–Luke 18:11

On one occasion I was speaking with a church going woman about a sinful issue in her life. At first she offered a few attempts at rationalizing her sin. She soon realized that those excuses sounded much more lame out loud than they had inside her own head. Finally, she blurted out, “Well at least I’m not like (name of another person).”

God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are often too full to receive them.

Augustine

Do You Know When to Remain Silent?

11 Lessons from Mark 9

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Whenever a person is arrested in America, they are informed by the police that they have the right to remain silent. Whether the person avails themself of that right is a matter of wisdom.

In the world of Christianity, we hear sermons and read books about the importance of speaking. That speaking may be described as preaching, teaching, sharing, or witnessing. We are urged to speak up, to confess our faith, to provide a verbal witness.

In the 9th chapter of Mark’s gospel, we read of times when silence is commanded or preferred. Below are eleven lessons from Mark 9. These lessons teach us that we should avoid often the urge to run our mouths. These are times we should remain silent.