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Soli Deo Gloria: Only for God’s Glory

Soli Deo Gloria: Only for God’s Glory

Philippians 2:5-11

It’s always a bit of a shock to me to discover that a word that I’m used to using in a particular way might have a completely different meaning. I ran across a funny redefinition of words that women use that don’t mean what men think they mean… [see below] However, the same thing has happened with GLORY. It’s range is all over the place: light, fame, preening, an exclamation.

Can Your Study Keep You Steady? ~ Philippians 2:5-8

Consider Christ-ology: Look At the HUMILITY
=> OLOGY – the study of a subject

  • 5 we STUDY Christ’s choices; we’re to LEARN from Him. Not just know new info, but internalize it, make it a part of how we live
  • 6 let go of SELFishness
  • 7 He emptied Himself; how can we do that?
  • 8 He became obedient to the Father’s will. Is that our course as well?

=> Doxa – ANCIENT Greek meant “to expect”; “to think”, “to seem”; KOINE Greek changed a bit with Septuagint (300-132BCE) translated the Hebrew word for “glory” (כבוד, kavod) as doxa. God EXPECTS us to think about His Glory

Deal With Dox-ology: Look at the GLORY ~ Philippians 2:9-11

  • 9 Father lifts Jesus for glory’s sake
  • 10 we WILL lift Him up (one way or another)
  • 11 Jesus IS Lord; our confession doesn’t MAKE it true (it’s true already); rather, we align ourselves with what is already true… and glory is reflected back to God

1Cor 10:31: Whatever You Do, Do for God’s Glory;
Spurgeon said, “Man’s chief end is to glorify and enjoy God. God’s greatest and highest object is to make to himself a glorious and an everlasting name.”

YOU and God have a joint undertaking: to be united in the purpose of bringing Glory to His name.

#1. Fine. This is the word used to end an argument when she is right and you better shut up. Don’t even say another word!#2. Nothing. If you ask her what’s wrong and she says nothing, then something is definitely wrong. Stay on your toes. Many arguments can start over “nothing” and then end with “fine.” Refer to #1.

Purpose Driven Plus One: Ministry

Purpose Driven Plus One: Ministry Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 5:43-48; Leviticus 19:9-18

From Rick Warren’s message on Ministry~ Priscilla Presley, wife of famed singer Elvis Presley, said this in an interview: “Elvis never came to terms with who or what he was meant to be or what his purpose in life was. He thought he was here for a reason; maybe to preach, or to save, or to serve and care for people, and that agonizing desire was always in him… and he knew he wasn’t fulfilling it. So he’d go on stage and he wouldn’t have to think about it. Elvis hadn’t a clue about where to begin to look. In a sense, he was lost.” Elvis was successful, but not fulfilled.

Be A Person On Purpose:

See Kingdom Standards ~ Matthew 5:43-47
This is Jesus’ teaching pattern for the Kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount

  • 43 Level of Law (entry level: the bare minimum)
  • 44/45 Goal of Godliness (achievement unlocked!)
  • 46/47 Practice of Piety (how do we get there?)

Live Kingdom Concepts ~ Leviticus 19:9-18

  • 9/10 more than just “feed the poor” PLAN to help others
  • 11/12 reminders: section doesn’t replace 10 Commandments; it’s a COMMENTARY on the Commandments; You are now reading the Law- more complex than you thought
  • 13 “Do Not Cheat or Swindle”
  • 14 “Do Not Taunt”
  • 15 “Be Fair to ALL” (don’t pander to the poor, or revere the rich)
  • 16 “Do Not Slander or Endanger”
  • 17 “Do Not Hate; Reason Rightly”
  • 18 “Release Revenge”; Love Like Your Life Depended On It

Matthew 5:48: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This is the Completion of Christlikeness.


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