The Glory Of God
Pastor Mike Andrews
What is the glory of God?
As John Piper says “Defining the glory of God is impossible.”
John is right, but let’s try anyways with our finite minds and understanding. The glory of God is the beauty of His spirit. It is not a visual beauty or a material beauty, but it is the beauty that stems from His character, from all that He is.
What does that look like?
“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.” Isaiah 6:1-4
1. The glory of God is described as the supreme purpose for redemption.
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory….” Eph 1:11-14
2. The glory of God is described in His Lordship, that everyone (the saved and unsaved) will confess that He is all glorious.
“and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:11
3. The glory of God is described in His greatness.
“Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, For great is the glory of the LORD.” Psalm 138:5
4. The glory of God is described in His providential workings.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
5. The glory of God is exhibited in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:11
By John MacDuff
"God is able to make all grace abound toward you;
that you, always having all sufficiency in all things,
may abound to every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8
All-sufficiency in all things! Believer! Surely you are "thoroughly equipped for every good work!" Grace is no scanty thing, doled out in pittances. It is a glorious treasury, which the key of prayer can always unlock--but can never empty! It is a fountain--full, flowing, ever flowing, over flowing!
Mark these three ALL'S in this precious promise. It is a three-fold link in a golden chain, let down from the throne of grace, by the God of grace. "All grace!" "all-sufficiency!" in "all things!" and these to "abound." Oh! precious thought! My need cannot impoverish that inexhaustible treasury of grace! Myriads are hourly hanging on it, drawing from it--and yet there is no diminution. Out of that fullness we, too, may all receive, "grace upon grace!" My soul, do you not love to dwell on that all-abounding grace! Your own insufficiency in everything, met with a divine "all-sufficiency in all things!"
Grace in all circumstances and situations.
Grace in all vicissitudes and changes.
Grace in all the varied phases of the Christian's being.
Grace in sunshine--and in storm.
Grace in health--and in sickness.
Grace in life--and in death.
Grace for the old believer--and the young believer.
Grace for the tried believer, and the weak believer, and the tempted believer.
Grace for duty--and grace in duty.
Grace to carry the joyous cup with a steady hand--and grace to drink the bitter cup with an unmurmuring spirit!
Grace to have prosperity sanctified--and grace to say through tears, "May Your will be done!"
"God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8
Please don't forget that we WILL NOT be having our in person Worship Service until further notice." Here are some ways you and l can worship as families in the absence of our fellowship: Sing hymns and praises as families, pray as a family for one another, our church, our communities, and for me, as l go over to an empty church to preach God's Word, take turns in reading scripture out loud as a family as you come together to listen to the message in your homes this Lord's Day. I know this isn't what you want, and it isn't what l want either; but let's make the best of use of this time despite the circumstances. God is greater than our inability to gather and His grace is greater to give us sustaining mercy as we go through these next few weeks. By God's glorious strength l hope to have the a message posted by 11am on the Website. With love Pastor Mike
Our ultimate desire at Calvary Baptist Church is first and foremost to bring glory and praise to the Sovereign LORD [Father, Son, & Holy Spirit] and to raise up mature believers so that we can fulfill the Great Commission. We will seek to achieve this by following the guidelines that God has put in place for prayer, worship, communion, Christian fellowship, Bible Study, and most of all the expository teaching of God’s Word. We desire to provide the proper teaching of God’s Word so that fellow believers can grow together and edify one another with love and compassion.
Please come join us,
as we look into how God has composed a unique story
for each of our lives.
CBC is a place to call home as we ......
Magnify the Lord, Mature the Believers,
Make prayer a priority, Meet the lost with Christ
Church Service Time @ 9:25am
Sunday School @ 10:45am (for all ages)
No Junior Church is provided at this time
Face masks are mandatory as long as you are in the building.
Thank you & God bless