James Torrens’ quotes on Glory

James Torrens of Highland International Church, Inverness used these quotes in his sermon at Presbytery yesterday

David Wells: ‘It is one of the defining marks of our time that God is now weightless. I do not mean by this that he is ethereal but rather that he has become unimportant. He rests upon the world so inconsequentially as not to be noticeable….Weightlessness tells us nothing about God but everything about ourselves, about our condition, about our psychological disposition to exclude God from our reality.’

John Stott (commenting on Acts 17 v 16): ‘[T]he pain or ‘paroxysm’ which Paul felt in Athens was due neither to bad temper, nor to pity for the Athenians’ ignorance, nor even to fear for their eternal salvation. It was due rather to his abhorrence of idolatry, which aroused within him deep stirrings of jealousy for the Name of God, as he saw human beings so depraved as to be giving to idols the honour and glory which were due to the one, living and true God alone.’

John Stott (commenting on Romans 1 v 5): ‘If…God desires every knee to bow to Jesus and every tongue to confess him, so should we. We should be ‘jealous’ (as Scripture sometimes puts it) for the honour of his name – troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored, indignant when it is blasphemed, and all the time anxious and determined that it shall be given the honour and glory which are due to it.

The highest of all missionary motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially when we contemplate the wrath of God, Romans 1 v 18), but rather zeal – burning and passionate zeal – for the glory of Jesus Christ.’

John Piper: ‘Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.’

‘Worship…is the fuel and goal of missions… The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God (Ps 97 v 1; 67 v 3,4). But worship is also the fuel of missions. Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching. You can’t commend what you don’t cherish. Missionaries will never call out, “Let the nations be glad!” who cannot say from the heart, “I rejoice in the Lord…I will be glad and exult in you, I will sing praise to your name, O Most High” (Ps 104 v 34; 9 v 2). Missions begins and ends in worship.’

Henry Martyn: ‘I could not endure existence if Jesus was not glorified; it would be hell to me, if he were to be always…dishonoured.’

Tim Keller: ‘The more we look upward, the more we look outward.’