41 J.I. Packer Quotes

  • "Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Life, God


  • "Underlying the preaching of the Puritans are three basic axioms: 1. The unique place of preaching is to convert, feed and sustain, 2. The life of the preacher must radiate the reality of what he preaches, 3. Prayer and solid Bible study are basic to effective preaching."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Preaching


  • "Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms... Confusion here is fatal."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Christianity


  • "We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Worship, Joy, Thankfulness


  • "Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Achievement, Wisdom, Goals


  • "I am graven on the palms of His hands. I am never out of His mind. All my knowledge of Him depends on His sustained initiative in knowing me. I know Him, because He first knew me, and continues to know me. He knows me as a friend, One who loves me; and there is no moment when His eye is off me, or His attention distracted for me, and no moment, therefore, when His care falters."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Grace


  • "Nothing can alter the character of God. In the course of a human life, tastes and outlook and temper may change radically: a kin, equable man may turn bitter and crotchety: a man of good-will may grow cynical and callous. But nothing of this sort happens to the Creator."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: God, Bitterness


  • "Revelation does not mean man finding God, but God finding man, God sharing His secrets with us, God showing us Himself. In revelation, God is the agent as well as the object."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Truth


  • "The truth is that, though we were justified by faith alone, the faith that justifies is never alone (it always produces fruit, "good works,"...a transformed life)."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Justification


  • "The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity--hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory--because at the Father's will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Christmas


  • "We complain today that ministers do not know how to preach; but is it not equally true that our congregations do not know how to hear?"

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Preaching


  • "He sees all the twisted things about me that my fellow-men do not see (and I am glad!), and that He sees more corruption in me than that which I see in myself (which, in all conscience, is enough)."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Humility, Sin


  • "I saw myself standing outside a house looking in on a tremendous party with laughter and joy. The Lord tracked me down and found me. I was surprised by grace. I became an avid Bible reader and my initial doubts soon evaporated in the atmosphere of solid Bible exposition at the Christian Union."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Grace


  • "The Puritan ethic of marriage was first to look not for a partner whom you do love passionately at this moment but rather for one whom you can love steadily as your best friend for life, then to proceed with God's help to do just that."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Marriage


  • "Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites; but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ's sheep."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: Doctrine, Preaching



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