We Don’t Just “Do Missions”

This has been a season of lasts for Carly and me. Tonight was our last congregational meeting on missions at Grace Chapel. We came so that I could serve as a pastor. We will be sent out as missionaries one month from today. To begin our meeting tonight, I set the context with three key biblical…

Day 15: Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14) Come to Bethlehem and see Christ whose birth the angels sing; come, adore on bended knee, Christ, the Lord,…

God’s Glory-Sharing

Two Sundays ago, I preached a sermon called “Jesus’ Missionary Prayer” from John 17. Here’s a snippet: So because God is complete in his Trinitarian love and glory-sharing, the reason we exist cannot be because God needs us to love and glorify him. The reason for mission cannot be that he needs us to find…

God’s Glory Is the Goal of Creation

This is adapted from a post that was originally published on September 9, 2011 In case you need to be reminded (as I often do): We were created for God’s glory (Isa. 43:7). We were made in the image of God, to reflect his glory (Gen. 2:27). Everything we do should be for God’s glory…

Monday Miscellanies: Happiness is the End of Creation

A guest post by Jonathan Edwards 3. Happiness is the End of Creation As appears by this, because the creation had as good not be, as not rejoice in its being. For certainly it was the goodness of the Creator that moved him to create; and how can we conceive of another end proposed by…

Let Light Shine!

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6) 1. God has given light. 2. Light to see what? 3. Knowledge. 4. What kind of knowledge? 5. Knowledge…