Glory In The Church Sermon Series
Ephesians 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Intro: The word “church” is used 115 times in the King James Bible. In 114 of these passages, the Greek word “ekklesia” is used. Of the 115 New Testament references to the church, 111 of these refer to Christ’s local assembly.
God will not tolerate someone else getting the glory.
SEE Acts 12:23
God desires all the glory.
We should never strive to get glory from others.
- Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
I Thessalonians 2:4-6
- 4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
- 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
- 6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
I. With Our Existence
Before we can glorify God collectively as a church, we must be glorifying Him in our own personal life.
Are we bringing Him glory in our personal life?
- I Cor. 6:19, 20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
II. With Our Endeavors
Everything we do as a church should have one goal. To glorify God.
I Cor. 1:27-31
- 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
- 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
- 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
- 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
- 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
- 1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
II Corinthians 10:12-18
- 12 ¶ For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
- 13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
- 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
- 15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
- 16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.
- 17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
- 18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
III. With Our Effort
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
The work of God deserves our best.
In Malachi 1:6-13, the people of Israel were guilty of giving God their worst rather than their best.
God rebuked them and refused to accept it because it did not honor him.
God deserves our very best effort; our best sacrifice; our best time; our best talent.
This is what He demands; this is what brings Him glory!