R. Kent Hughes Quotes
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R. Kent Hughes
Dr. Hughes's thirty-five years of ministry divides evenly into ten years as a youth pastor, five years as a church planter, and twenty years as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, among which are Disciplines of a Godly Man and Liberating Ministry From the Success Syndrome.
In addition to regular pastoral, administrative and preaching duties at College Church, Pastor Hughes ministers to several outside conferences each year. He is a Staley lecturer, and in addition speaks at spiritual emphasis weeks for many Christian colleges and universities. Pastor and Mrs. Hughes speak regularly at pastors' conferences.
| The successful Christian life is a sweaty affair!|
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 15.
| On the most elementary level, you do not have to go to church to be a Christian. You do not have to go home to be married either. But in both cases if you do not, you will have a very poor relationship.|
Topics: Church, Relationships
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 165.
| The word discipline in "discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness" (1 Timothy 4:7, NASB) is a word with the smell of the gym in it - the sweat of a good workout. It is an unabashed call to spiritual sweat.|
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 213.
| The more immediate and personal one's knowledge of Christ, the more natural it is to share Him with others. This is why those who have newly met Christ are often so verbal and successful in leading others to Him despite the absence of learned arguments... The key to ongoing effectiveness is a perpetual freshness in your growing knowledge of Him.|
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 194-195.
| Genesis 1 logs God's commitment to excellence when it says, "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" (v. 31). Christians should always do good work. Christians ought to be the best workers wherever they are. They ought to have the best attitude, the best integrity, and be the best in dependability.|
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 154.
| It is strongly recommended, in light of the great giving requirements imposed on God's ancient people Israel, that everyone should at least consider the first 10 percent as a starting point in giving - a minimum.|
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 188.
| The key to liberation from the power of materialism is not an exodus from culture - abandoning Wall Street or leaving the wealth of the nation to others - but the grace of giving... Givers for God disarm the power of money. They invite God's grace to flow through them.|
Topics: Giving, Money, Materialism
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 186- 187.
| God saves us from the reductionism of such legalism which enshrines spirituality as a series of wooden laws and then says, "If you can do these six, sixteen or sixty-six things, you will godly." Christianity, godliness, is far more than a checklist. Being "in Christ" is a relationship, and like all relationships it deserves disciplined maintenance, but never legalistic reductionism.|
Topics: Godliness, Legalism
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 215.
| Gossip often veils itself in acceptable conventions such as "Have you heard..." or "Did you know...?" or "They tell me..." or "Keep this to yourself, but..." or "I do not believe it is true, but I heard that..." or "I wouldn't tell you, except that I know it will go no further." Of course, the most infamous such rationalization in Christian circles is, "I am telling you this so you can pray."|
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 139.
| Gossip involves saying behind a person's back what you would never say to his or her face. Flattery means saying to a person's face what you would never say behind his or her back.|
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 139
| It is impossible for any Christian who spends the bulk of his evenings, month after month, week upon week, day in and day out watching the major TV networks or contemporary videos to have a Christian mind. This is always true of all Christians in every situation! A Biblical mental program cannot coexist with worldly programming.|
Topics: Idleness, Worldliness
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 75.
| Integrity characterizes the entire person, not just part of him. He is righteous and honest through and through. He is not only that inside, but also in outer action.|
Source: Disciplines of a Godly Man, Crossway, 1991, p. 128.