Sermon:
Living for the Glory of God
Romans 11:33-36
Rev. Brian Bill
11/16/08

A generation ago J.B. Phillips wrote a book with this title: Your God Is Too Small. This captures the struggle many of us have because our God is much smaller than the God of the Bible. This morning one of my goals is to help each of us grow in our grasp of how great God really is because itís so easy to fall into an inadequate view of the Almighty.

A week ago I listened to a podcast interview with Jim Nicodem, pastor of Christ Community Church in St. Charles. Heís written a new book called, Prayer Coach. One of the suggestions he made to help us magnify our understanding of God is to go through the alphabet each day, thinking of a different attribute or characteristic of God for each letter. Iíve been doing this for the last week and it has super-sized my view of God while down-sizing myself, which is a good thing. At our joint elder/deacon meeting this past Tuesday we opened our time with this exercise and Iíd like to try it again this morning. This will get us in good practice for next Sundayís services as we will give you opportunity to express your thankfulness to God publicly. Our title next week is ďThanks-living.Ē

Iíve put the letters of the alphabet up here on the whiteboard. Just shout out whatever attribute, characteristic or name of God that comes to your mind. Iíll pick one that I hear and write it down so we can all see it.

[For those reading this sermon, Iíve included an example of how to do this. This is what I came up with one morning this week].

A - Almighty
B - Beautiful
C - Compassionate
D - Designer
E - Everlasting
F - Faithful
G - Great
H - Holy
I - Indescribable
J - Jehovah Shalom
K - Kind
L - Living
M - Magnificent
N - No equal
O - Omnipotent
P - Personal
Q - Quiet
R - Resplendent
S - Savior
T - Total
U - Universe maker
V - Victor
W - Worthy
X - Extravagant (I cheated on this one)
Y - Yahweh
Z - Zealous

Letís savor the Scripture this morning from Romans 11:33-36: ďOh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! ĎWho has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?í ĎWho has ever given to God, that God should repay him?í For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.Ē

One of the best ways to study a passage of Scripture is to read it several times and then meditate on it. After reading and meditating, work at memorizing some of it so it gets in your head and down into your heart. I like to then make observations about what Iíve read. This is important to do before rushing into application. The best order for studying the Bible is this: Observation, Interpretation and then Application. Or to say it another way:

* What Do I See?
* What Does It Say?
* What Can I Seize?

Observation Ė What Do I See?

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