Learning and Living the God-centered life

One Biblical Doctrine at a time…

Review for December 12

Yesterday we continued in our study of “the glory of God.” This is a critical doctrine to understand because the glory of God is the very theme of the entire Bible. I have said this before and will say it again. The goal of this class is NOT to go through the curriculum but instead have this curriculum go through us! Therefore next week we will continue to bath, immerse and saturate ourselves in the glory of God.

In any one week there are many things that take place in my life and in the life of those in our class. Pat and I try and summarize so of the key things that we want to make our community aware of during the year. In yesterday’s class I covered the following:

1. The CaringBridge site that has been recently formed for our brother John Pugh. If you want to go to this site then simply click on this LINK and follow the directions.

2. We begin a new Bible reading plan for 2011 on January 1. Therefore I am including a six article series on Bible reading as we start into the new year. In yesterday’s class read the first article that was posted last week. If you would like to read it then just click on this LINK.

3. I also gave a graphic preview of the next doctrine we are going to study which will be the doctrine of man. If you weren’t in class yesterday then as they say a picture is worth a thousand words so click on this LINK.

4. This is the time of year when all the Christmas movies are showing on some channel almost every night. My favorite is “It’s a Wonderful Life” that stars Jimmy Stewart. Yesterday I showed the scene at the bar where George Bailey has run out of options and now prays to God for a solution to his problem. As I watch, hear and analyze the prayer it reminds me and saddens me to think this is how many people today view God. When all else fails, all our smart decision making and influence, we then finally make a 911 call to God to get us out of a jam. When I see this scene in the movie I think this kind of prayer does not bring glory to God. If you want to check it out then click on this LINK.

5. Then we started in the study notes regarding the glory of God. I am being very intentional and deliberate as we study this incommunicable attribute. As I said earlier in this blog article the theme of the entire Bible is the glory of God. So doesn’t it make since that the theme of our lives as Christians should be the glory of God? In other words when a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker looks at your life do they see the greatness of Christ? How do you speak? How do you respond to adversity? How do you minister to others? How do you feed your soul on a daily basis?

Therefore we are going to complete a 4 step evaluation of the glory of God by studying:
1. The purpose of God
2. The problem with man
3. The provision of God
4. The priority of man

In each of these categories the theme will be the glory of God. But I want each of you in our community to see this directly from a study of Scripture. Yesterday I barely finished the purpose of God and the problem of man in regard to God’s glory. This means that next week we will pick up with the provision of God and then complete our study with the priority of man.

If you have been away for the past couple of weeks then please review the notes regarding the “glory of God” at this LINK.

These are some of the busiest and exhausting days of the year. We have corporate, neighborhood, church and personal Christmas functions to attend. In addition there is planning, shopping and preparing for Christmas Day. It’s go here go there, do this and do that, pick up this and drop of that, we peak (Christmas Day), and then we crash.

May I encourage you to slow down and bathe in the glory of God’s salvation in your life? (Romans 1:16) Enjoy Christ and His provision of spiritual bread that feeds your hungry soul through His word. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Push aside those things that clamor for your attention and instead set you mind on things above. (Colossians 3:1-2)

PRAY-PRAY-PRAY that Christ would give you a measure of faith by His grace to continue pursuing Him as the prize and treasure of your life. (Romans 12:3)
PRAY-PRAY-PRAY that He would through the Spirit reveal, guide, teach and lead you into all truth so as to make Him look great as others see you. (John 16:13-15)
PRAY-PRAY-PRAY that you would be a grace receiver in order that you might be a grace provider. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
PRAY-PRAY-PRAY with a thankful reverence that Christ came, lived and died so that you might have eternal life forever and ever! (John 3:16)

Merry Christmas.