I recently had the opportunity to read through almost all of the books of R.C. Sproul. Along the way I built a collection of some of the best quotes from each one of them. Here are several of the best from The Soul's Quest for God.
The pursuit of the knowledge of God is insufficient. It must not serve as an end in itself, but as a means to an end. The goal is to inflame the heart. The mind is to serve as a feeding trough for the soul.
There are no quick and easy paths to spiritual maturity. The soul that seeks a deeper level of maturity must be prepared for a long, arduous task. If we are to seek the Kingdom of God, we must abandon any formulae that promise instant spiritual gratification.
The Christian who seeks a deeper experience of God by ignoring the hard sayings of Scripture gets nowhere. The full nourishment of the soul requires feeding on the whole counsel of God.
Is the goal of Christian living to be Christlike? If so, we will reach that goal only to the degree that we possess the mind of Christ. If, as the Bible declares, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he, then to the degree that we think like Christ, we will be like Christ.
It is both foolish and wicked to suppose that we will make much progress in sanctification if we isolate ourselves from the visible church.
To lack gratitude is an attitude of supreme arrogance. Ungratefulness indicates a heart so filled with pride and self-sufficiency that no room is left for gratitude.
To seek God is the business of the Christian. The quest begins at conversion; it doesn’t end there. Once we have “found” him, the real search begins. We say “I found it” because he found us and now invites us to seek him until we pass through the veil into heaven.
The water our souls requires for survival is the assurance of salvation. This assurance does not always come immediately upon conversion. Indeed, in some cases it may remain elusive. Yet the gaining of full assurance is not only a spiritual privilege for the Christian, it is also a duty.