There are few writers who have more profoundly impacted my life as a follower of Jesus and as a pastor than the late J.I. Packer. His classic Knowing God confronted me at a time when I was running from a calling to pastor. I was confronted with a BIG GOD that I had read of in Scripture, but had not heard preached of very often. I was driven to my Bible and through the words of Scripture, the Holy Spirit renewed my calling to pastor people to KNOW GOD as I continued to grow in KNOWING GOD.
“What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance, and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?”
“knowing God is a matter of grace. It is a relationship in which the initiative throughout is with God—as it must be, since God is so completely above us and we have so completely forfeited all claim on his favor by our sins.”
“To be right with God the judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is a greater.”
Packers Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God reignited in me a passion for people to come to trust Christ completely and a reliance on the work of the Triune God to accomplish salvation completely.
“The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God’s hand, but a humble acknowledgement of helpless dependence…what we do every time we pray is to confess our own impotence and God’s sovereignty.”
“you give God thanks for your conversion…because you know in your heart that God was entirely responsible for it… You pray for the conversion of others…when you pray for unconverted people, you do so on the assumption that it is in God’s power to bring them to faith.”
HIS LIFE AND LEGACY IN HIS OWN WORDS
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