Large Sails and Little Ballast

John Piper: Large spiritual passion with small doctrinal understanding is large sails and tall masts on a tiny boat in high winds. It will dart wildly over the surface for a hundred yards. Then one wave, or one crosswind, will bring it all crashing into the unforgiving sea. Give as much attention to enlarging the depth of your ballast as you do to the height of your sails. Of course, if you are a sixty-ton flat-surfaced barge, with a broken engine, pray for God to give you sails and wind.

Word and Spirit: The Kingdom

Timmy Brister on the instrumentality of the Word and agency of the Holy Spirit as it relates to the kingdom of God. Jesus inaugurates the kingdom by His coming to earth as the Word made flesh (John 1:14).  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18), anointed (Matt. 3:16; 12:18; Luke 4:18) and empowered by the Holy Spirit, through which He gave commands (words) to His disciples (Acts 1:1-2).  The kingdom has come precise because of the mighty works performed by Spirit-anointed Messiah (Matt. 12:28) who utters the words of God as one who has received the Spirit without measure (John 3:34). Jesus establishes His kingdom in the hearts of men as people are born again by the Spirit of God (John 3:3-8) and brought to faith through hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17; 1 Pet. 1:22-25).  It is the Spirit who gives life (John 6:63), and it is the Word which is able to make one wise

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