How to enjoy God and worship him through reading and teaching the Bible. Track One: Understanding the mission of God. The Serious Duty of Delight.
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Track One: Understanding
the mission of God
“My brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again and it is a safeguard to you… Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!” (Phil 3:1 & 4:4).
“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious” (CS Lewis)
“It is a Christian duty, as you know, for everyone to be as happy as he can” (CS Lewis)
The chief end of God is to glorify God and enjoy himself forever
“The chief end of man [aka human beings!] is to glorify God and enjoy him for ever.” (1648 Westminster Shorter Catechism)
“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete until it is expressed.” (CS Lewis)
Praise is the completion of delight in God
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him” (John Piper)
Groups: what is the link between truth and praise in these passages?
What does the link teach us (a) about the purpose of understanding truth; (b) about how to enrich our worship?
Revelation (gospel) worship
2 Corinthians 3:17-18:
Contemplating Christ Transformation into his image.
Come to the Bible to have your soul fed not to ‘do your quiet time’
Read the Bible as an invitation to worship
Teach the Bible with a worshipping heart on your sleeve!
Let the Bible say what it wants to say rather than using it to say what you want to say!
Remember it is both one book with a single author and many books with multiple authors.
How will what I’ve learned influence:
Pray for one another to experience deeper joy in God through the Bible