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Pastor Don talks This Saturday’s Day of Prayer July 21, 2018

Pastor’s Greeting – For the Week of July 16, 2018

Pastor’s Greeting

Q1: What is the chief end of man?
A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

                                                                        –Westminster Shorter Catechism

 

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has never developed a formal catechism.  I am not sure it even could given the diversity of theological thought we embrace.

Yet, if we were to do so, we could do no better than begin as the Westminster Shorter Catechism does.  That’s because it reminds us, as one writer notes, that “God’s glory is the highest good and therefore the purpose for which we were created.  We were made to glorify God, to reflect his glory, and proclaim it to all creation.”

Most of us would probably say, “Of course, our goal is to glorify God.”  But, if you are like me, it is easy to lose sight of that goal.  I think that is why Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose-Driven Life” struck a chord.  “It’s not about you,” he wrote. “The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”

Does that not suggest that the our “chief end is to glorify God?”

Both the Westminster Catechism, published in the 1600s, and “The Purpose-Driven Life,” published in 2002, have the Protestant Reformation to thank for their emphasis on living for God’s glory.  Martin Luther and company understood the importance of this reality.  That’s why many scholars consider the fifth “Alone”—“For the Glory of God Alone”—as the very heart of the other four—“Scripture Alone,” “Faith Alone,” “Grace Alone,” and “Christ Alone.”

I’ll be concluding this sermon series on Sunday by suggesting another aspect of “For the Glory of God Alone,” one that gives us hope amid the unanswered questions in our lives.  Come join me as we worship God.

With peace,

Don

 

 

July 15, 2018 Sermon “Christ Alone”

Christ Alone from Ken Bailey on Vimeo.

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