One of my modern-day heroes is Kevin DeYoung, who serves as Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI. His book include The Biggest Story, Just Do Something, Crazy Busy, The Hole in Our Holiness, Taking God at His Word, What Does the Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?, What is the Mission of the Church?, Good News We Almost Forgot, Why We Love the Church, Why We’re Not Emergent, Don’t Call It a Comeback, and Freedom and Boundaries.
His preaching encourages me; his writing provokes me; his blog amuses and edifies me.
Below is a list of quotations I have taken note of over the years and have used in my own teaching and preaching. I believe you will find them instructive to your own heart.
On the Passive Christian – “Passivity is a plague among Christians. It’s not just that we don’t do anything; it’s that we feel spiritual for not doing anything. We imagine that our inactivity is patience and sensitivity to God’s leading. At times it may be; but it’s also quite possible we are just lazy. When we hyper-spiritualize our decisions, we can veer off into impulsive and foolish decisions. But more likely as Christians we fall into endless patterns of vacillation, indecision, and regret. No doubt, selfish ambition is a danger for Christians, but so is complacency, listless wandering, and passivity that pawns itself off as spirituality. Perhaps our inactivity is not so much waiting on God as it is an expression of the fear of man, the love of the praise of man, and disbelief in God’s providence.” (Just Do Something, pgs. 50-51)
On the Bible Being Clear – “The doctrine of the clarity of Scripture is not a wild assertion that the meaning of every verse in the Bible will be patently obvious to everyone. Rather, the perspicuity of Scripture upholds the notion that ordinary people using ordinary means can accurately understand enough of what must be known, believed, and observed for them to be faithful Christians.” (Taking God at His Word, pg. 59)
On the Bible Being Sufficient – “God has given us all we need for life and godliness; Scripture is enough to make us wise for salvation and holy unto the Lord. If we learn to read the Bible down (into our hearts), across (the plot line of Scripture), out (to the end of the story), and up (to the glory of God in the face of Christ), we still find that every bit of the Bible is profitable for us. To affirm the sufficiency of Scripture is not to suggest that the Bible tells us everything we want to know about everything, but it does tell us everything we need to know what matters most. Scripture does not give exhaustive information on every subject, but in every subject on which it speaks, it says only what is true. And in its truth we have enough knowledge to turn from sin, find a Savior, make good decisions, please God, and get to the root of our deepest problems.” (Taking God at His Word, pgs. 54-55)
On the Measure of a Church’s Success – “Didn’t Jesus tell us that ‘the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few’ (Matt. 7:14)? Wasn’t the early church of Philadelphia commended by the Lord Jesus even though they were facing opposition and had ‘little power’ (Rev. 3:7-13)? There is simply no biblical teaching to indicate that church size is the measure of success.” (Why We Love the Church, pg. 31)
On Holiness – “Even if could enter heaven without holiness, what would you do? What joy would you feel there? What holy man or woman of God would you sit down with for fellowship? Their pleasures are not your pleasures. Their character is not your character. What they love, you do not love. If you dislike a holy God now, why would you want to be with him forever? If worship does not capture your attention at present, what makes you think it will thrill you in some heavenly future? If ungodliness is your delight here on earth, what will please you in heaven, where all is clean and pure? You would not be happy there if you are not holy here.” (The Hole In Our Holiness, pg. 15)