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A life shaken for God's glory

This past Sunday, the title of Dr. Poplin’s message was “Shaken, a view from the inside.” In his message Romans 8:28 was one of the main texts he used which says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” In view of how God is sovereign in our lives, even through the shaking, I thought it would be appropriate to let you hear Steve Saint’s testimony. Normally I would just include this as part of our class downloads but I have included it in the main feature section of the blog.

On January 8, 1956 there were five missionaries Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian who were killed by a tribe known as the Huaoranis.
These five brave men are credited with sparking an interest in Christian missions among the youth of their time and are still considered an encouragement to Christian missionaries working throughout the world. After her husband's death, Elisabeth Elliot and other missionaries began working among the Auca (Huaorani) Indians, where they had a profound impact and helped bring many people to Christ.

The son of Nate Saint whose name is Steve Saint wrote a book that was turned into a movie called "The End of the Spear." Below is an audio of Steve Saint’s testimony regarding the sovereignty of God in a life that was shaken from the inside. Also as a point of interest Steve speaks of the god father of his first child which happens to be the very man who killed his dad.

I have upgraded this to a homework assignment, so grab a cup of coffee, tea, and listen to this moving story of God’s marvelous and glorious work in and through the life of a genuine “saint.”

Steve Saint’s story - To play click on the button below:

Living for the glory of God

The glory of God is a category that we, as Christians, have unfortunately neglected in our Bible study. As you read through the Bible this year, you will find a God who is supremely valuable and infinitely glorious. And in the Old and New Testament we can see that God does ultimately all that He does for His glory. Even as the apostle Paul concludes Romans 11, he summarizes by saying; "for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen". There is much depth, width and breadth in this statement for Paul as in regard to the glory of God. And yet as Christians we have not become deeply rooted in this truth. Unfortunately we have been distracted by media, entertainment and quick fix solutions to improve self image and self development.

Read and meditate on Amos 8:11 - "Behold, days are coming declares the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the LORD." Take an in depth look across the landscape of the American church. Do we have an army of radical disciples for Christ Jesus? Are we as the people of God back into the word of God in such a way that the word of God is back into us? And if we have in fact been negligent of the living word, of the living God, then should we be surprised that we are not deeply rooted in the "glory of God."

Brothers and sisters in Christ, these are days in which Biblical discernment is at a premium. Charles Spurgeon once said "discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right." Our culture is screaming tolerance as it embraces a pluralism of all paths lead to God. But the gospel we are called to preach stands in stark contrast to a culture that is demanding us as the church to be relevant. Jesus Christ did not die in order for us, as the church, to be seeker-friendly. But, rather, Christ died to pay the penalty for sins and impute His own righteousness to any man, woman, boy or girl that would cast themselves at the mercy of the cross, through faith alone by grace alone. The Christ-crucified message of the gospel is the very thing that ultimately brings glory to God. And as we will see in Romans 3:21-26, which many theologians have called the greatest paragraph in all the Bible, Christ died to demonstrate the righteousness of God. I, in my limited Greek and study of this verse, may phrase it as follows: the death of Christ on the cross was the most right thing that God has ever done to uphold the glory and honor of His name! So if you want to consider what God has been doing in eternity past, and will continue to do into eternity future, I think it is safe to conclude whatever He does will be for the glory of His name.

The real question we need to determine in our hearts and minds is simply this; are we living our lives in alignment with the very purpose of God? Folks, what you ultimately believe will determine how you behave. Therefore as we study the Scriptures I will always attempt to bring us back to a sound Biblical view of the cross. As Dr. Piper has coined so effectively in the following phrase; “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” And I know at no other place that the source of our satisfaction needs to be greater than at the cross of Christ. A sound category of the glory of God will be Biblically rooted in Christ crucified.

We will study the glory of God as it relates to:

* Predestination
* Creation
* Incarnation
* Propitiation
* Sanctification
* Consummation

and we will see that all these categories for glory drives us to the Lord Jesus Christ. How will we know Him, love Him, serve Him and live to the glory of Him without the ongoing study of His word? Can a person be any closer to Christ than they are to His word? Therefore our strategy this year is to have an ever increasing relationship with God's word. And as that occurs, the Spirit of God will reveal, guide and transform us from one degree of glory to the next into the likeness of Christ. Which means that as God becomes more glorified in and through us then we will continue to become more and more satisfied in Him. As grace lands and joy rises the love overflows in such a way into the lives of those God has put in our sphere of influence that Jesus looks great. This is godly living which is rooted in faith alone by grace alone in Christ alone! Amen.