Friday, September 29, 2006

Quote of the Day

"The first generation has the gospel, the second generation assumes the gospel, and the third generation loses the Gospel" (D.A. Carson).

4 comments:

tomgee said...

I'm just listening to a series of sermons on Revelation given by Carson at the Carey Conference in 1994. Highly recommended! The man has great insight and is an excellent preacher!

I remember someone, I think it was Bruce Wilkinson, talking about three generation pattern in terms of personal holiness:

1) The first generation lives according to their convictions.

2) The second generation adopts the same lifestyle because that's the way their parents lived, that is as a set of rules.

3) The third generation sees those rules as merely their parents' opinions and rejects them.

For example: David, Solomon, Rehoboam.

The point was for all of us to live out of properly-established convictions, not blind legalism or rebellious reactionism.

Thanks for a great quote, Nick!

Nick Hill said...

Tom,

Thanks for the link to the sermons by Carson. Yes, the same could be applied to holiness as well. Yes, I agree that we need to be intentional about developing our own biblically established convictions in terms of sound doctrine which is demonstrated in a life of personal holiness. I am thankful for you brother,

Nick

Stephen said...

Great quote - David Gibson (A PHD student at Aberdeen & editor of www.beginningwithmoses.org) wrote a brilliant article about a two or three years ago expanding on that concept - you can read it here.

Nick Hill said...

Stephen (Spooh),

Thanks for the heads up. I will read the article tonight before I go to sleep. May God richly bless you in your studies!

Nick