November 5 - Soli Deo Gloria
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Bryan Launer will continue the class on Understanding the Heart in the youth room at 10:00am. This class explores what Scripture says about the heart, why it's so important, and how you can better understand your own heart and help others. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
We are at the end of our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In these five solas, we have looked at the heart of the Reformation trying to answer the fundamental question of "How is one made right with God?" We began with sola Scriptura or Scripture alone. In the Scriptures we find God’s salvation is a gift of grace, freely given not earned. This gracious salvation is received by men and women through faith and not procured through merit or work. This faith is an empty hand that clings to Christ alone who satisfied God’s wrath over our sins. How do we respond to God for his grace in saving us? Wonder and worship. You see this in Paul's letter to the Romans 11.33-36. After speaking about majesty and mystery of God's salvation (chapters 1-11), he turns to worship God saying, "To him be glory forever." Our salvation is from him, through him and to him and thus designed to result in God's glory for he has done it all. Let this majestic passage lead you to worship him for salvation and all of life.
Review and Apply
How does a vision of God's glory prepare us for life?
How does his sovereign mystery in salvation comfort you?
How does giving God glory lead to our joy?
Does God seeking his own glory demean us, his highest creation? Why or why not?
Why does Martin Luther say, 'Only a humble man can receive the Word of God?'
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