3Blaise Pascal“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.“
4ActivityIn your groups, complete the chart in your handout. Look up each Scripture reference and answer the questions: What is God doing? And why is God doing it? What’s His motive?
5Isaiah 48:9-11“For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.”
6God chose his people for his glory: Ephesians 1:4-6, NASB“4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace.”
7God rescued Israel from Egypt for his glory: Psalm 106:7-8Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works but rebelled by the Sea, at the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power.
8God raised Pharaoh up to show his power and glorify his name: Romans 9:17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.”
9God did not cast away his people for the glory of his name: 1 Samuel 12:20, 22Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake.
10Jesus told us to do good works so that God gets glory: Matthew 5:16; cf. 1 Peter 2:12In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
11God forgives our sins for his own sake: Isaiah 43:25I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.Psalm 25:11For your own name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12God instructs us to do everything for his glory: l Corinthians 10:31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God
13Herod is struck dead because he did not give glory to God: Acts 12:23Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory.
14Jesus’ ultimate aim for us is that we see and enjoy his glory: John 17:24Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
15Everything that happens will redound to God’s glory: Romans 11:36From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
17From God’s Passion for His Glory Jonathan Edwards raised and answered 4 objections:It makes God dependent upon us (i.e. creation) to display His glory (162).It demands that God do everything from a selfish spirit (168).It makes God petty because He does everything for the applause of men (171).Creatures are less obligated to be thankful to God if He’s doing it all for His own sake (176).
19Deuteronomy 28:47–48“47 Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you.”
20Rejoice!Psalm 32:11 - Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.Philippians 4:4 - Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
21Joy in SufferingJames 1:2 - Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,1 Peter 4:13 - But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
22John Piper“Christ is glorified in you when He is more precious to you than all that life can give or death can take.”
23ActivityMake a list in the space below of the things that have happened to you in your life that have caused anxiety, stress, pain, frustration, anger or any kind of small or large hardship. These could be: Identify at least one concrete thing that you might have a tendency to explain as something that has happened ‘to’ you or ‘against’ you, placing you as a victim. Then process with your group how God might be using this to point you to Himself; how is this for you?
24Hebrews 11:6“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
25Ephesians 5:25-30“25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”“29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body.”
26Luke 12:32-34“32 "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
27Mark 10:29-30“29 Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.”
28Mark 8:34-35“34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.”