As New City contemplates the upcoming year of ministry–the things God will set out to do and the potential obstacles that stand in the way–these words from Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ 1959 sermon The Purpose of Revival, gave me great comfort and courage:
The Children of Israel were about to enter the promised land and they had been hearing about all these tribes: the Hittites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. The spies had been sent forward and they came back and said, “You know, there are giants in that land and when we looked at them we felt that we were as grasshoppers.” And they were trembling, they were afraid of these great powers that they had to meet when they entered the promised land. Here is the answer: when you know that the living God is amongst you, what are the Hittites, who are the Girgashites and the Jebusites? What are the whole lot of them put together? They become as nothing. The fear of men is taken away immediately when we realize that the living God is among us. And if ever the Church needed this, it is now.
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About Tullian Tchividjian
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div.), Tullian has authored a number of books including Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Crossway). He travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the U.S., and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program LIBERATE. As a respected pastor, author, and speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the radical, amazing power of God's grace. When he is not reading, studying, preaching, or writing, Tullian enjoys being with people and relaxing with his wife, Kim, and their three children—Gabe, Nate, and Genna. He loves the beach, loves to exercise, and when he has time, he loves to surf.
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