Notes from Andrew Murray’s “Humility”

Our staff at Eastbrook Church is reading through an old classic, Andrew Murray’s Humility. The language and mindset of Murray is so different from our own day and time, but it is helpful to sometimes hear voices like this. There is so much in here, and as I read this very brief book I wrote down some notes that stuck out to me from the book. I’m sharing those notes here without comment. I hope it both challenges and encourages you.

“Meekness and lowliness of heart are the chief marks by which they who follow the Lamb of God are to be known.” (12)

“Humility is the proper estimate of oneself.” – Charles Spurgeon (13)

“Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root….Humility is not so much a virtue along with others, but is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God and allows Him, as God, to do all.” (17)

“Christ is the expression of the humility of God embodied in human nature; the Eternal Love humbling itself, clothing itself in the garb of meekness and gentleness, to win and serve and save us.” (25-26)

“The health and strength of our spiritual life will depend entirely upon our putting this grace first.” (26)

“This life of entire self-abnegation, of absolute submission and dependence upon the Father’s will, Christ found to be the source of perfect peace and joy. He lost nothing by giving all to God.” (32-33)

“The authority of command and example, every thought, either of obedience or conformity, makes humility the first and most essential element of discipleship.” (39)

“God created the world out of nothing, and as long s we are nothing, He can make something out of us.” – Martin Luther (43)

“The more humble a man is in himself, the more obedient toward God, the wiser will he be in all things, and the more shall his soul be at peace.” – Thomas a Kempis (51)

“The only humility that is really ours is not the kind we try to show before God in prayer, but the kind we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct.” (53)

“The one infallible test of our holiness will be our humility before God and others. Humility is the bloom and the beauty of holiness.” (61)

“It [humility] is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God. Where God is all, self is nothing.” (69)

“Being occupied with self, even having the repast self-abhorrence, can never free us from self. It is the revelation of God not only by the law condemning sin but also by His grace delivering from it that will make us humble.” (73)

“Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself.” – T. S. Eliot (81)

“If you would enter into full fellowship with Christ n His death, and now the full deliverance from self, humble yourself.” (84-85)

“The Lamb of God means two things: meekness and death. Let us seek to receive Him in both forms.” (85)

“Should you ask me: What is the first thing in religion? I should reply: the first, second, and third thing therein is humility.” – St. Augustine (89)

“Many Christians fear and feel and seek deliverance from all that would humble them. At times they may pray for humility, but in their heart of hearts they pray even more to be kept from the things that would bring them to that place.” (91)

“Reckon humility to be the mother-virtue, your very first duty before God, the one perpetual safeguard of the soul, and set your heart upon it as the source of all blessing.” (97)

“We know the law of human nature: acts produce habits, habits breed dispositions, dispositions form the will, and the rightly formed will becomes the character. It is no different in the work of grace.” (98-99)

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will exalt you (1 Peter 5:6). It cannot be repeated too often.” (99)

“Clothe yourself, therefore, in this form of humility; all good is enclosed in it; it is a fresh spring from heaven that turns the fire of the fallen soul into the meekness of the divine life, and creates oil out of which the love to God and many gets its flame.” (104)

Say Who He Is: a prayer reflection on the names of Jesus

“He pressed them, ‘And how about you? Who do you say I am?'” (Matthew 16:15)

Savior. Messiah. Son of the Living God.
More than a book or words upon a page,
You are the Word—creating, sustaining, and naming.

Transcendent One, ineffable in glory, wrapped in light
and shrouded in clouds, upon whom we cannot look.
yet also Immanent One, closer than our thoughts and desires,
incarnate in flesh and bone—Immanuel.

I AM—the One who is—
is the Bread of life, is the Light of the world,
is the Good Shepherd and the Gate for the sheep,
is the Vine, is the Resurrection and the Life,
is the Way, the Truth, and the Life—
the One who makes me who I am, who I was,
and who I am becoming.

Peace-Giver and Contentment-Provider.
Spirit-Sender and Soul-Satisfier.
The Beginning and the Ending.
The Crucified Lamb of God who takes away our sin
and the Victorious King who tramples the serpent’s head.

The Love of our souls with an everlasting love
and the Refiner of our lives with a purifying flame.
The One through whom all things were created
and the One before whom all things will worship.

You are Jesus, the Savior, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

Family Tree – a new series at Eastbrook

This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a five-week preaching series entitled “Family Tree.” This is the first part of a longer series on the Gospel of Matthew.

As we begin this walk through the Gospel of Matthew, we look at the first two chapters of the gospel to understand who Jesus is and what the message of Jesus as the Christ is all about. More specifically, we will explore Jesus’ genealogy as recorded by Matthew, giving attention to great women and men of faith in His “family tree.”

This series also corresponds to the season of Advent. Watch the video below for a basic introduction to Advent.

You can also join in with a daily devotional for this series here.

Join us each weekend of this series in-person or via Eastbrook at Home.

One: The Being of God in the Life of the Church – a new series at Eastbrook

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This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a five-week preaching series entitled “One: The Being of God in the Life of the Church.”

Unity is one of the most popular words about human relationships, yet one of the most elusive realities of human existence. In this series we will explore unity from both theological and practical angles, beginning with the nature of God before moving into the positional and developmental unity of the church, the place of prayer in unity, and the ultimate vision of unity for the church. Along the way, we will also talk about practical guidance for living in unity.

You can also join in with a daily devotional for this series here.

Join us each weekend of this series in-person or via Eastbrook at Home.

The Kingdom of God: a new series at Eastbrook


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This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a five-week preaching series entitled “The Kingdom of God.”

The kingdom of God is one of the greatest themes of the Bible. It weaves throughout the entire Bible, tying the Old and New Testaments together around the reality that God is King. Jesus began his ministry in Mark’s Gospel by proclaiming: “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15). But what does the kingdom of God mean for us today where we live and with what we face? Particularly, how do we navigate being “in the world” but not “of the world” (John 17:14-18) when it comes to living the kingdom in our everyday lives and the world around us?  With our present cultural moment more polarized than ever, we need to regain our footing in the fullness of God’s kingdom that orients us toward God as King, Jesus as Lord, and the Spirit as present in the church.  Join us as we explore the nature of the kingdom of God, including some specific application to faith and the public sphere.

This series will also feature a lecture on “The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life” by Dr. Vince Bacote of Wheaton College.

You can also join in with a daily devotional for this series here.

Join us each weekend of this series in-person or via Eastbrook at Home.