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God's Glory Alone

November 19, 2017 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: Back to Basics

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 3:16, 1 Timothy 1:15–1:17, 1 Corinthians 10:31

God's Glory Alone

Week six of a six-week message series about the essentials of Christianity and the importance of keeping “the main thing” the main thing.

A Review of the Five Basics

1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”)
The Bible alone is our highest authority.

2. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”)
We are saved by the grace of God alone

3. Sola Fide (“faith alone”)
We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”)
Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.

5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”)
We live for the glory of God alone.

John 3:16 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Soli Deo Gloria = God’s Glory alone

We live for the glory of God alone.

1 Timothy 1:15-17 NIV
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The Choice; Two Life Purposes

In the end, we all live either:
For our own glory (“look at me!”)
For the glory of God (“look at Him!)

The glory of God --> The good of others --> Our own personal joy

Living for the glory of God leads to maximum joy.

The chief end of mankind is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
(The Shorter Westminster Catechism)

When we reverse the order, aiming for joy first leads to selfish living. Joy is an outcome not a target.

1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Practical Ways to Glorify God

Let go of grudges. Be willing to forgive others.
Don't sell your soul to partisan politics.
Men, treat women with respect.
Don't be a racist.
Parents, make church a priority.
Share your Jesus story with someone.

These are just some examples. We can glorify God and bless others in anything and everything we do.

Connections Questions

[Giving glory to God alone] means feeling and thinking and acting in ways that reflect His greatness, that make much of God . . . John Piper

1. Say the five basics (the Solas) of the Reformation together. Briefly, what does each one mean?

2. What do these Scriptures tell us about the importance of God’s glory to Him and for us?

* Revelation 4:10-11

* Isaiah 48:11

* Romans 1:20-21

* 1 Chronicles 16:28-31

3. Does it ever bother you that it’s “all about Him”? Why Him and not us? How can living to please God be better for us than trying to make ourselves happy?

4. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. Why do you think the Apostle Paul is so insistent in these verses that Jesus’ death makes a difference in what and who we live for?

5. What are ways we can subtly - or not so subtly - get people to notice us and be impressed? How does this tend to show up in your life?

6. How can you invite people you know to be more impressed with God than with you?

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