Soli Deo Gloria

I know we've been using a lot of Latin in Sermon Titles lately, but that is because we're reiterating 5 classic statements of Reformed Christianity. These sentences keep us right in the middle of the broad stream of Orthodox Christianity, and the remind us that we are part of a much bigger Church than just Oakland and just the 21st century. 
This week, we're studying Soli Deo Gloria, To God Alone Be Glory, which says in summary, that all of history is for the glory of God. The point of human existence, the reason God created us and redeems us is to "glorify God and enjoy God forever" (Shorter Westminster Catechism). 

To learn more about the Glory of God, I offer you this article,


written by John Piper and published by (a ministry of R.C. Sproul). The article tackles several common questions: 
What is the Glory of God?
How Central is the Glory of God?
What is Our Hope?
How Do We Treasure the Glory of God?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – April 24 – May 1 – Matthew 17:1-13

The center column holds the main text for each day, while the right column includes secondary texts.

Basic Tips:1.) Use a translation you can understand. If new to the Bible, try the NIrV or The Message, which are both available online. 2.) Use a kids Bible with kids. 3.) Keep a pencil and notebook around to write down questions, observations, and conclusions. 4.) Have fun. Use your imagination and your brain.

Matt 17.1-13 - Reading Plan -  April 24 - May 1.2016 - Soli Deo Gloria

Questions to Guide You:


This week, we study “Soli Deo Gloria – Only for God’s Glory,” which says that while salvation benefits us, it and all things are ultimately about God’s glory or fame. The glory of God is the goal of all things.

  • Matt 17:1-13 is oft called “The Transfiguration,” but Jesus is not being transformed into something he is not usually. Instead, Peter, James, and John are seeing Jesus as he actually is, in all his glory and splendor. How does that change the story?
  • The spiritual/heavenly realm is all around us, we are just generally unaware, but sometimes the curtain is pulled back, like here, Luke 2:8-14, 2 Kings 6:8-17. How would seeing Jesus in all his glory affect you and your faith?
  • What does the Father command Jesus’ disciples? Why? How can you do that?
  • Rev 1 describes Jesus in all his heavenly splendor (it sounds funny because John is using words to describe the indescribable, and because our imaginations have been eroded by movie special effects) , how does it compare with Matt 17? Psalm 104, describes God’s glory. What does it mean that Jesus has God’s glory?
  • What does Isaiah 42:8 tell us? What does it look like to give God’s glory to another? How do we rob God of glory/fame? How does God feel about his Glory? Why is it so important that God be glorified?
  • We glorify something by enjoying it and sharing it with others. God is our greatest good and our greatest joy, and so we glorify God by enjoying God. The things we enjoy we talk about to others.
  • 1 Cor 10:31 and 1 Peter 4:11 are applications for us. What would it look like to do al things for the glory of God? What does it man to eat and drink for God’s glory? How is God’s glory so all encompassing that it effects things as small as our diets.
  • Ezekiel 20 is a Bible summary (up to that point). What is its refrain? What was God’s motivation for each action? Why did God withhold judgment? What is God most concerned with and what is the goal of all his actions in history?
  • In Rom 9, Paul is showing how both those who receive mercy (are saved) and those who are judged (condemned) both result in God’s glory – some to the praise of his infinite mercy, others to the praise of his perfect justice.
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