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Review from last Sunday

1. Trip to LA and Grace Community Church 2. Men¶s Bible Study - the sovereignty of God in redemption 3. Retreat 2011 - Dr. Bruce Ware - ³Friendly Fire´ 4. Doctrine of God - incommunicable attributes

The Doctrine of God 
Who is the most God-centered person in the universe?  Who is uppermost in God affections?  What is the primary jealousy of God?  What is the chief end of God?  Do you feel more loved because God makes much of you?  OR because at the cost of His Son He enables you to make much of Himself?  Are you God centered because you believe you are supremely valuable to Him?  OR are you God centered because He is supremely valuable to you?

Biblical truth #1 
If your passion and enthusiasm for God is going to continue and endure  Then it will need to be rooted in God¶s passion and enthusiasm for Himself

Biblical truth #2 If God is only a means to your own self interests and desires (health, wealth and prosperity via a change to make your life better) Rather than your seeing God as transcendent, immanent and incredibly glorious then you need to check your conversion

Unity of the Bible

The plan of the Bible 

The unfolding and progressive redemption of mankind by God

The theme of the Bible 

The glory of God

A definition of glory: ³The glory of God is the beauty and excellence of his manifold perfections.´ It is an attempt to put into words what God is like in his magnificence and purity. It refers to his infinite and overflowing fullness of all that is good. The term might focus on his different attributes from time to time² like his power and wisdom and mercy and justice²because each one is indeed awesome and beautiful in its magnitude and quality. But in general God's glory is the perfect harmony of all his attributes into one infinitely beautiful and personal being.´

GOD
G L O R Y MAGNIFIED
you 1. Microscope 2. Telescope

MAXIMIZED J O Y

The glory of God Glory is His Presence: Vines defines Glory as "the manifest perfection of His Presence", in other words, when God's Glory was present ± God Himself was present, as in the Tabernacle and Shekinah Glory or when Moses prayed to see His Glory and God had to show Moses Himself (His back).

The apex of God¶s glory in the Bible is: 
The Cross of Christ  Romans 3:21-26 Rom. 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Rom. 3:24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; Rom. 3:25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; Rom. 3:26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans Chapter 3:25-26 

God¶s righteousness is essentially His unswerving allegiance to His own name and His own glory. God is righteous to the degree that He upholds and displays the honor of His name. He is righteous when He values most what is most valuable, and what is most valuable is His own glory.  Therefore God¶s justice, His righteousness, consists most fundamentally in doing what is consistent with the esteem and demonstration of His name, His glory. God would be unrighteous if He did not uphold and display His glory as infinitely valuable.

His Purpose: God desires to share His Glory with man and to fill the earth with His Glory. Numbers 14:21 As I live, all the earth will be filled with the Glory of God. Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea. Psalm 72:19 Blessed be His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory! Romans 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Our Problem: We don't exhibit God's Glory in our lives which is the essence of sin. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and are (continually) falling short of the Glory of God.

His Provision: God has provided The Lord Jesus for our need - our falling short of His Glory. John 1:14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us...and we beheld His Glory. Heb 1:3 He is the radiance of His Glory, the exact representation of His nature. John 17:22 And the Glory which Thou hast given to Me I have given to them. Luke 2: 32 Simeon took Him in his arms and said, A light of Revelation to the gentiles, and the Glory of Thy people Israel.

Our Priority ± His Glory 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. Ephesians 1:5-6,11-12, 14 We are to be to the Praise of His Glory 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Peter 4:11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

His Purpose Our Problem His Provision Our Priority

The glory of God 
Predestination - Ephesians 1:4-6 

Creation - Isaiah 43:8 

Incarnation - John 1:14, 18 

Propitiation - Romans 3:25 

Sanctification - Philippians 1:9-11 

Consummation - 2 Thessalonians 1:9

The Exodus from Egypt
Ezek. 20:6 on that day I swore to them, to bring them out from the land of Egypt into a land that I had selected for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands. Ezek. 20:7 ³I said to them, µCast away, each of you, the detestable things of his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.¶ Ezek. 20:8 ³But they rebelled against Me and were not willing to listen to Me; they did not cast away the detestable things of their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt. Ezek. 20:9 ³But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made Myself known to them by bringing them out of the land of Egypt.

The Exodus from Egypt

Psalm 106:6-8 - We have sinned like our fathers,We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly. Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses, But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea. Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name, That He might make His power known.

GIVING OF THE LAW Ex. 20:3 ³You shall have no other gods before Me.´ Ex. 20:4 ³You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. Ex. 20:5 ³You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

THE WILDNERNESS WANDERING Ezekiel 20:21-22 ³But the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, nor were they careful to observe My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live; they profaned My sabbaths. So I resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the wilderness. Ezek. 20:22 ³But I withdrew My hand and acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.

THE CONQUEST OF CANAAN Joshua 24:12-14 - Then I sent the hornet before you and it drove out the two kings of the Amorites from before you, but not by your sword or your bow. Josh. 24:13 µI gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.¶ Josh. 24:14 ¶ ³Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. By giving Israel the land of Canaan, God aimed to create a people that would recognize His glory and delight in Him above all things.

A prayer of King David

2 Samuel 7:23 - And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from nations and their gods?

THE BEGINNINGS OF THE MONARCHY
1 Samuel 12:19-23 Then all the people said to Samuel, ³Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.´ 1Sam. 12:20 Samuel said to the people, ³Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 1Sam. 12:21 ³You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. 1Sam. 12:22 ³For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself. 1Sam. 12:23 ³Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way

THE TEMPLE OF GOD
1 Kings 8:41-44 - Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your name¶s sake 1Kings 8:42 (for they will hear of Your great name and Your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house, 1Kings 8:43 hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name. 1Kings 8:44 ³When Your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way You shall send them, and they pray to the LORD toward the city which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your name,

DELIVERANCE IN THE TIME OF KINGS

2 Kings 19:34 - For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David¶s sake 2 Kings 20:6 - ³« I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David¶s sake.´

EXILE AND PROMISED RESTORATION

Isaiah 48:9-11 - ³For the sake of My name I delay My wrath, And for My praise I restrain it for you, In order not to cut you off. Is. 48:10 ³Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. Is. 48:11 ³For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act;For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another

EXILE AND PROMISED RESTORATION Ezekiel 36:22-23 - Therefore say to the house of Israel, µThus says the Lord GOD, ³It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. Ezek. 36:23 ³I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD,´ declares the Lord GOD, ³when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. Zechariah 2:5 - For I,¶ declares the LORD, µwill be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst Haggai 1:8 - Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,´ says the LORD.

The life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Jesus prayed at the end of His life: John 17:4 - I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.

Jesus¶ death John 12:27-28 - Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, µFather, save Me from this hour¶? But for this purpose I came to this hour. John 12:28 ³Father, glorify Your name.´ Then a voice came out of heaven: ³I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.´

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE 1 Corinthians 10:31 - Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:6 - For God, who said, ³Light shall shine out of darkness,´ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 1 Peter 4:11 - Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Matthew 5:16 - Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

THE SECOND COMING AND CONSUMATION

2 Thessalonians 1:9-10 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 2Th. 1:10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed²for our testimony to you was believed.

Questions to ask relating to God¶s glory Why did God create us? Isaiah 43:6-7 - Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory. Why did God call Israel? Jeremiah 13:11 - You are my servant Israel in whom I will be glorified Isaiah 49:3 - I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the Lord, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory.

Why does God save us? Ephesians 1:4-6, cf. vv. 12, 14 - He chose us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will unto the praise of the glory of his grace.

Why did God raise up Pharaoh to be the king of Egypt? Romans 9:17 - For the scripture says to Pharaoh, "I have raised you up for this very purpose of showing my power in you, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth."

Why did God defeat Pharaoh at the Red Sea? Exodus 14:4; cf. vv. 17, 18 - And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host; and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord . . . And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen. Why did God spare the Israelites in the wilderness? Ezekiel 20:14 - I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. Why did God give the Israelites victory in Canaan? 2 Samuel 7:23 - What other nation on earth is like Thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be His people, making Himself a name, and doing for them great and terrible things, by driving out before His people a nation and its gods?

Why did Jesus tell us to do good works? Matthew 5:16; cf. 1 Peter 2:12 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. What reason did Jesus give for prayers that He answers? John 14:13 - Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Why does God forgive sin? Isaiah 43:25 - I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Psalm 25:11 - For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.

Why Jesus receives us into His fellowship? Romans 15:7 - Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

What is a primary ministry of the Holy Spirit? John 16:14 - He will glorify me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.

How has God instructed us to live our lives? 1 Corinthinans 10:31 - So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

How are we to serve God? 1 Peter 4:11 - Whoever renders service [let him do it] as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Why Jesus fills us with the fruits of righteousness? Philippians 1:11 - It is my prayer . . . that you be filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.

Jonathan Edwards writes: So God glorifies Himself toward the creatures also in two ways: 1. By appearing to . . . their understanding. 2. In communicating Himself to their hearts, and in their rejoicing and delighting in, and enjoying, the manifestations which He makes of Himself. . . God is glorified not only by His glory's being seen, but by its being rejoiced in. When those that see it delight in it, God is more glorified than if they only see it.

C. S. Lewis writes: But the most obvious fact about praise-whether of God or any thing-strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise unless (sometimes even if) shyness or the fear of boring others is deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise-lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game-praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars.

C. S. Lewis writes: I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: "Isn't she lovely? Wasn't it glorious? Don't you think that magnificent?" The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about. My whole, more general, difficulty about the praise of God depended on my absurdly denying to us, as regards the supremely Valuable, what we delight to do, what indeed we can't help doing, about everything else we value. I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.

The echo¶s of God¶s glory
Have you ever seen a sunset over the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean when the sunlight streams through the clouds to bring out shades of red, yellow and violet? Have you ever been to a movie that kept you captivated for two hours? Have you ever been to the Indianapolis 500 or the Coca Cola 600 and heard the sound and seen the speed of those race cars?

Have you ever been a the top of a 10,000 foot mountain and seen a pan aroma of the city below or read about K2 Summit?

The echo of God¶s glory
Have you ever seen the Grand Canyon? Have you ever seen Michael Jordan play basketball or Tiger Woods play golf? Have you ever heard Pavarotti sing Nessun Dorma? Have you ever seen a great white shark attack a sea lion? Have you ever been inside St. Peter's cathedral? Have you ever watched the "Blue Angels" do an air show?