True Religion Must be According to God’s Will

“In a way, the futile excuses many people use to cover their superstitions are demolished. They think it is enough to have some sort of religious fervor, however ridiculous, not realizing that true religion must be according to God’s will as the perfect measure – that He can never deny Himself and is no mere spirit form to be changed around according to individual preference.” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion

Knowing God

“There is no knowing that does not begin with knowing God.”

Sacraments without Faith

“For what is a sacrament received without faith, but most certain destruction to the church?” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion 4.14.14

Baptism is the Initiatory Sign

“Baptism is the initiatory sign by which we are admitted to the fellowship of the church, that being engrafted into Christ we may be accounted children of God.” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion 4.15.1

Baptism Serves as Our Confession Before Men

“Baptism serves as our confession before men, in as much as it is a mark by which we openly declare that we wish to be ranked among the people of God, by which we testify that we concur with all Christians in the worship of one God, and in one religion; by which, in short, we publicly assert our faith…” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion 4.15.13

Our Labour is not Wasted When Today is Better than Yesterday

“No one can travel so far that he does not make some progress each day. So let us never give up. Then we shall move forward daily in the Lord’s way. And let us never despair because of our limited success. Even though it is so much less than we would like, our labour is not wasted when today is better than yesterday!” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion

Do Good Unto All Men Without Exception

“The Lord commands us to do good unto all men without exception, though the majority are very undeserving when judged according to their own merits… [The Scripture] teaches us that we must not think of man’s real value, but only of his creation in the image of God to which we owe all possible honor and love.”  ~ Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life

What is Said of the Body Belongs to its Members

“It is a promise which eminently deserves our observation that all who are united to Christ and acknowledge Him to be Christ and Mediator will remain to the end safe from all danger, for what is said of the body of the Church belongs to each of its members since they are one in Christ.”

The World is a Theater of God’s Attributes

“The whole world is a theater for the display of the divine goodness, wisdom, justice, and power, but the Church is the orchestra, as it were—the most conspicuous part of it; and the nearer the approaches are that God makes to us, the more intimate and condescending the communication of his benefits, the more attentively are we called to consider them.”

Private Vices become Public Error

“Were the judgments of mankind correct, custom would be regulated by the good. But it is often far otherwise in point of fact; for, whatever the many are seen to do, forthwith obtains the force of custom. But human affairs have scarcely ever been so happily constituted as that the better course pleased the greater number. Hence the private vices of the multitude have generally resulted in public error, or rather that common consent in vice which these worthy men would have to be law.” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion