Read Philippians 4:20
Today is Celebration Sunday where we make our 3-year commitments to the Lord through “Advancing the Gospel…Trusting His Provision” campaign.
It’s not surprising that Paul ends this entire section and the entire letter to the Philippians with a doxology in praise to our great God. Ultimately, He wants everything we do to be about His glory forever and ever.
That’s our heartbeat as a church. To display God’s glory. We want God’s glory to be our primary obsession as we advance His gospel through obedience and sacrifice.
Read Ephesians 3:14-21
This was the text I used on March 18th, 2005, when I came and preached in view of a call here at EBC. This was the weekend when you all voted on me as your pastor.
We see Paul’s heartbeat that they would have power through the Holy Spirit and experience the infinite love of Jesus and that God would do unimaginable wonders in their midst.
A.W. Tozer said, “The purpose of God in sending His Son to die and rise and live and be at the right hand of God the Father was that He might restore to us the missing jewel, the jewel of worship; that we might come back and learn to do again that which we were created to do in the first place – worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, to spend our time in awesome wonder and adoration of God, feeling and expressing it, and letting it get into our labors and doing nothing except as an act of worship to Almighty God through His Son, Jesus Christ”.
He says that worship is what is missing in our churches today. Is that a radical statement?
We exist to bring glory and honor and majesty to God in everything! That’s why God created us.
Read Isaiah 42:8 and 43:6-7
The Old Testament Hebrew for “glory” is “kabod”. It literally means “weight”. To be heavy. To view God as weighty and worthy of honor.
The word in the New Testament Greek is “doxa”. We get our word “doxology” from it.
In respect to God’s glory, in everything we think, do, say, act, and respond, we are to demonstrate a lifestyle of worship that brings honor or weight to God’s name.
We’ve already looked at this verse, but we need to be reminded of it again.
Read 1 Corinthians 10:31
How much clearer can the Scriptures be? In everything we do, we are to give glory to God. In everything? In how you handle your checkbook. In how you talk to your spouse and children. In how you handle your business affairs. Here’s a hard one for me—in how you drive. In how you play sports. In how you do your school work. In how, you treat the person at the fast food counter when they get your order wrong. In what you watch, surf, click, and listen to.
Read Colossians 3:17
I am going to challenge you today: It’s pretty easy to glorify God when we’re all gathered together and we’re singing and we’re studying God’s Word and we are experiencing fellowship. But what about in the way we give of our finances? Do we see our giving and tithing as an act of worship that brings glory to God?
If we really want to obey these Scriptures above then we must glorify God in EVERYTHING—and that includes obedience in the area of giving.
As you make your 3-year pledge today to the Lord I don’t want us to think about it as a begrudging, painful, dutiful act of coercion where we feel guilted by Pastor Sean. Instead, I want us to give out of the overflow of our hearts because in the gospel Christ gave so freely to us. May we give as a wonderful way to bring glory to God! May we give out of JOY! May we have the attitude of Christ and give because He first gave to us!
Let us come prepared today to glorify God and give Him the worship due His name!
Dear Merciful Father,
Today, is a day that I am trusting You completely for my financial future. It is going to take brave faith to make this 3-year commitment and I want to glorify You. Help me to be a cheerful giver and to do all things with joy. I desperately want to grow in maturity and know you more deeply. Help me to see financial stewardship as a wonderful way to worship You through my obedience. Grant me joy on this day as I worship You with my church family.
For Your Glory Alone,