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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “God has chosen us. Our status is not a matter of our worthiness, but of His love.”

God has chosen us. Our status is not a matter of our worthiness, but of His love.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson



Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Humility is not simply feeling small and useless – like an inferiority complex. It is sensing how great and glorious God is, and seeing myself in that light.”

Humility is not simply feeling small and useless – like an inferiority complex. It is sensing how great and glorious God is, and seeing myself in that light.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Jesus Christ is able to set us free because He has dealt with the sin that enslaves us.”

Jesus Christ is able to set us free because He has dealt with the sin that enslaves us.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson


Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment.”

Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson


Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Repentance is a characteristic of the whole life, not the action of a single moment.”

Repentance is a characteristic of the whole life, not the action of a single moment.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The goal of theology is the worship of God. The posture of theology is on one’s knees. The mode of theology is repentance.”

The goal of theology is the worship of God. The posture of theology is on one’s knees. The mode of theology is repentance.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “We discover the will of God by a sensitive application of Scripture to our own lives.”

We discover the will of God by a sensitive application of Scripture to our own lives.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson


Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Knowing God is your single greatest privilege as a Christian.”

Knowing God is your single greatest privilege as a Christian.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The conviction that Christian doctrine matters for Christian living is one of the most important growth points of the Christian life.”

The conviction that Christian doctrine matters for Christian living is one of the most important growth points of the Christian life.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Spiritual growth depends on two things: first a willingness to live according to the Word of God; second, a willingness to take whatever consequences emerge as a result.”

Spiritual growth depends on two things: first a willingness to live according to the Word of God; second, a willingness to take whatever consequences emerge as a result.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign I have no understanding of the gospel.”

Thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign I have no understanding of the gospel.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson


Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The weakest faith gets the same strong Christ as does the strongest faith.”

The weakest faith gets the same strong Christ as does the strongest faith.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson


Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Be obedient even when you do not know where obedience may lead you.”

Be obedient even when you do not know where obedience may lead you.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson


Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The true church is too different for the world to tolerate it.”

The true church is too different for the world to tolerate it.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Christian contentment, therefore, is the direct fruit of having no higher ambition than to belong to the Lord and to be totally at His disposal in the place He appoints, at the time He chooses, with the provision He is pleased to make.”

Christian contentment, therefore, is the direct fruit of having no higher ambition than to belong to the Lord and to be totally at His disposal in the place He appoints, at the time He chooses, with the provision He is pleased to make.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The notion that we are children of God, his own sons and daughters, lies at the heart of all Christian theology, and is the mainspring of all Christian living.”

The notion that we are children of God, his own sons and daughters, lies at the heart of all Christian theology, and is the mainspring of all Christian living.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The foundation of our love for the Lord lies in the recognition of His holiness, our sinfulness, and His grace.”

The foundation of our love for the Lord lies in the recognition of His holiness, our sinfulness, and His grace.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “My security as a Christian does not reside in the strength of my faith but in the indestructibili ty of my Savior.”

My security as a Christian does not reside in the strength of my faith but in the indestructibili ty of my Savior.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “How do we bring glory to God? The Bible’s short answer is: by growing more and more like Jesus Christ.”

How do we bring glory to God? The Bible’s short answer is: by growing more and more like Jesus Christ.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Worship is not something we “work up,” it is something that “comes down” to us, from the character of God.”

Worship is not something we “work up,” it is something that “comes down” to us, from the character of God.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “We are far too good at analyzing what is wrong with the culture and far too myopic at analyzing what is wrong in the church.”

We are far too good at analyzing what is wrong with the culture and far too myopic at analyzing what is wrong in the church.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “God made everything else but man “after its kind”? – that is, according to the purpose and destiny he envisaged for it. But he made man in His own image. Man is patterned on God! He was made to represent God – in created, human form.”

God made everything else but man “after its kind”? – that is, according to the purpose and destiny he envisaged for it. But he made man in His own image. Man is patterned on God! He was made to represent God – in created, human form.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Marriage, and the process of coming to it, is not heaven! It is the bonding together of two needy sinners in order to make a partnership which is substantially greater than either of them alone.”

Marriage, and the process of coming to it, is not heaven! It is the bonding together of two needy sinners in order to make a partnership which is substantially greater than either of them alone.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The holiness of God teaches us that there is only one way to deal with sin- radically, seriously, painfully, constantly. If you do not so live, you do not live in the presence of the Holy One of Israel.”

The holiness of God teaches us that there is only one way to deal with sin- radically, seriously, painfully, constantly. If you do not so live, you do not live in the presence of the Holy One of Israel.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Man’s insulting God is not reversed by our insulting man.”

Man’s insulting God is not reversed by our insulting man.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “When man became the measure of all things what was lost was man.”

When man became the measure of all things what was lost was man.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Secular humanism debases the human.”

Secular humanism debases the human.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The Father did not require the death of Christ to persuade Him to love us. Christ died because the Father loves us.”

The Father did not require the death of Christ to persuade Him to love us. Christ died because the Father loves us.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “You must know, rest in, think through, and act upon your new identity – you are in Christ.”

You must know, rest in, think through, and act upon your new identity – you are in Christ.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Don’t tell me that you have a Reformed Church in the tradition of Calvin until you have the preaching of the Word every day of the week, devote Wednesday’s to prayer and have the church gather together for prayer.”

Don’t tell me that you have a Reformed Church in the tradition of Calvin until you have the preaching of the Word every day of the week, devote Wednesday’s to prayer and have the church gather together for prayer.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Contentment is an undervalued grace.”

Contentment is an undervalued grace.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Until we acknowledge our sin and guilt, we will never come to discover that it can be forgiven.”

Until we acknowledge our sin and guilt, we will never come to discover that it can be forgiven.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The problem is not in the clarity of the revelation. The problem is in the darkness of the human mind.”

The problem is not in the clarity of the revelation. The problem is in the darkness of the human mind.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “God can be trusted even when he cannot be seen or understood.”

God can be trusted even when he cannot be seen or understood.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson


Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “You do not become a master musician by playing just as you please, by imagining that learning the scales is sheer legalism and bondage! No, true freedom in any area of life is the consequence of regular discipline. It is no less true of the life of prayer.”

You do not become a master musician by playing just as you please, by imagining that learning the scales is sheer legalism and bondage! No, true freedom in any area of life is the consequence of regular discipline. It is no less true of the life of prayer.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “If you are justified, you can no more be unjustified than Christ can be pulled down from heaven.”

If you are justified, you can no more be unjustified than Christ can be pulled down from heaven.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Jesus has a special, compassionate concern for those who are broken and needy.”

Jesus has a special, compassionate concern for those who are broken and needy.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “True faith takes its character and quality from its object. Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!”

True faith takes its character and quality from its object. Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The only thing of my very own which I contribute to my redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed.”

The only thing of my very own which I contribute to my redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “If you desire anything less for yourself than absolute obedience to God, a life of total devotion to the Lord, a life of absolute sin-less-ness – if you desire anything less, you are fighting against God’s desire for you.”

If you desire anything less for yourself than absolute obedience to God, a life of total devotion to the Lord, a life of absolute sin-less-ness – if you desire anything less, you are fighting against God’s desire for you.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Every day we need our gaze redirected from ourselves to God.”

Every day we need our gaze redirected from ourselves to God.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “We best defend the Lord’s glory by speaking first TO Him about unbelieving men rather than speaking first ABOUT Him to unbelieving men.”

We best defend the Lord’s glory by speaking first TO Him about unbelieving men rather than speaking first ABOUT Him to unbelieving men.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Christianity is Christ because there isn’t anything else. There is no atonement that somehow can be detached from who the Lord Jesus is. There is no grace that can be attached to you transferred from Him. All there is, is Christ and your soul.”

Christianity is Christ because there isn’t anything else. There is no atonement that somehow can be detached from who the Lord Jesus is. There is no grace that can be attached to you transferred from Him. All there is, is Christ and your soul.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Regeneration, however it is described, is a divine activity in us, in which we are not the actors but the recipients.”

Regeneration, however it is described, is a divine activity in us, in which we are not the actors but the recipients.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “It’s the centrality of the Word and not the person who preaches it that’s important.”

It’s the centrality of the Word and not the person who preaches it that’s important.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Evil deeds are the fruit of an evil heart. They are not an aberration from our true self but a revelation of it.”

Evil deeds are the fruit of an evil heart. They are not an aberration from our true self but a revelation of it.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “The real test that I believe that God is love is that tragedies don’t separate me from the conviction that God is love.”

The real test that I believe that God is love is that tragedies don’t separate me from the conviction that God is love.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “There is nothing more important to learn about Christian growth than this: Growing in grace means becoming like Christ.”

There is nothing more important to learn about Christian growth than this: Growing in grace means becoming like Christ.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “Without the spirit of the Lord Jesus, we will look upon ‘the least of these’ simply as the least.”

Without the spirit of the Lord Jesus, we will look upon ‘the least of these’ simply as the least.

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote: “There is a difference between a well-instructed congregation and a well-nourished one.”

There is a difference between a well-instructed congregation and a well-nourished one.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson

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