Sermon Bonus: Ascended – 4.3.16, plus Thomas Wilcox

Sermon Bonus: Ascended – 4.3.16, plus Thomas Wilcox


Yesterday we began a new sermon series called Ascended: Jesus Yesterday, Today & Forever as we mark the Easter season by celebrating that Jesus reigns forever. I want to encourage you to join us each week as we explore the book of Revelation and uncover a vision of Jesus who is worthy of worship and who extends an invitation for us to join him in making all things new.

Several of you asked about a quote I included in my message. It came from a tract called “Honey Out of the Rock” by a 17th century British minister named Thomas Wilcox.

“Believing is the most wonderful thing in the world. Put any thing of your own to it, and you spoil it. Christ will not so much as look at it for believing. When you believe and come to Christ, you must leave behind you your own righteousness, and bring nothing but your sin: leave behind all your holiness, sanctification, duties, humblings, and so on; and bring nothing but your wants [lacks] and your miseries, or else Christ is not fit for you, nor you for Christ. Christ will be a pure Redeemer and Mediator, and you must be an undone sinner, or Christ and you will never agree. It is the hardest thing in the world to take Christ alone for righteousness; that is to acknowledge Him Christ. Join anything to Him of your own, and you un-Christ Him.”

You can read the entire tract here.


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