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Make God Big, Make God Glorious

It is my conviction that in our Bible teaching, we should make God big and make Him glorious.  Of course He is all those things and more.  He is God and He alone is God.  He will be exalted whether we glorify Him or not.  Yet in our teaching the focus should not be on our illustrations or our humor or ourselves but upon God.  We should not seek to entertain people but to make God big and make God glorious before our hearers.  Don’t elevate mankind.  Don’t make much ado about humans.  Make much about our God.  Help the people to stand in awe of God and see how holy He is and how glorious He is and how wonderful He is and how powerful He is and how merciful He is.  The point of teaching the Scriptures is to reveal Christ and His Word and not to glorify flesh (1 Corinthians 1:29).

Make God big.  Make Him sovereign.  Don’t make God bow down to this world.  Make the world bow down before God.  Show all that Yahweh alone made all things by the power of His Word (Genesis 1-2).  Show the Church that He controls all things and upholds all things by His Word (Hebrews 1:3).  Nothing is impossible for God.  He is not defeated.  He is not confused.  He is never scared.  He is God and He is big!

Make God glorious.  Show the people of God how holy He is and let them, like Isaiah, tremble before Him (Isaiah 6:1-5).  Like Peter, let them see that our God is holy (Luke 5:8).  Teach them that He is absolutely perfect (Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:15-16).  He does not (and cannot) tolerate sin.  We too must be holy (Hebrews 12:14).  Show them what He has done in saving us from the power of sin through the cross (Romans 6:11-15).  Show them that while God is absolutely holy and pure, He has shed His own blood to save us from Himself (Hebrews 9:22, 27-28).  Nothing but the blood of Jesus can cleanse us from sin (1 John 1:7) and in Jesus alone do we find perfect forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 1:7; cf. Isaiah 53:12).

Whatever you do Bible teacher, make God your focus.  Make Him big.  Make Him glorious.  Don’t allow people to walk away liking your talk but let them walk away worshiping the King of kings and the Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15-16).  Your illustration should not what is remembered nor your jokes.  The King should be your focus.  Make your Bible teaching all about Him and His glory.


Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/24/2012 at 8:00 AM

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