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OUR MOSTIMPORTANTRELATIONSHIPMay 5, 2013FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHJACKSON, MISSISSIPPIUSA
MAY MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 22:37-39“Love the Lord your Godwith all your heart, withall your soul, and with allyour mind.” 
This is the first andgreatest commandment.  And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor asyourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
Saturday, May 18thVacation Bible SchoolBlitz in the Belhaven andNortheast Jackson areas.We will meet inFellowship Hall Eas...
We will be finished by11:00 a.m.There will be a party atParham Bridges Park onRidgewood Road from11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Hotdogs, fun jumps andmaking new friends.A great way to encouragemembers to get involvedas we prepare for thegreatest evan...
Contact Paula Webb, theChildren’s MinistryAssistant, for instructions onthe sign up sheet forVacation Bible SchoolRefreshm...
Don’t you hate it whensomeone or somethingcomes along and burstsyour bubble?
The truth is:It’s not about us!It is all about God and Hisglory!
Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB5 Trust in the Lord withall your heartAnd do not lean on yourown understanding.
6 In all your waysacknowledge Him,And He will make yourpaths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB
Acknowledge Him –the King of Glory!
Psalm 24:7-10 KJV7 Lift up your heads, O yegates; and be ye lift up, yeeverlasting doors; and theKing of glory shall comein.
8 Who is this King ofglory? The Lord strongand mighty, the Lordmighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O yegates; even lift them up,ye everlasting doors; andthe King of glory shallcome in.
10 Who is this King ofglory?The Lord of hosts, He isthe King of glory.Selah.Psalm 24:7-10 KJV
All right, since God is theKing of Glory, then whatexactly is glory?
Isaiah 6:1-3 NASB1 In the year of KingUzziah’s death I saw theLord sitting on a throne,lofty and exalted, with thetrain of...
2 Seraphim stood aboveHim, each having sixwings: with two hecovered his face, and withtwo he covered his feet,and with two...
3 And one called out toanother and said,“Holy, Holy, Holy, isthe Lord of hosts,The whole earth is full ofHis glory.”Isaiah...
What is the glory of God?The glory of God is thebeauty of His Spirit - thebeauty that emanatesfrom His character andradiat...
Hebrews 1:3a NIV3 The Son is the radianceof God’s glory and theexact representation ofHis being …
The glory of God, whichis manifested in all Hisattributes together, neverpasses away.It is eternal!
Isaiah 43:7 says that Godcreated us for His glory.
Isaiah 43:6-7 NASB6 “I will say to the north,‘Give them up!’And to the south, ‘Do nothold them back.’Bring My sons from af...
the ends of the earth,7 Everyone who is calledby My name,And whom I have createdfor My glory,Whom I have formed,even whom ...
All right, if we werecreated for His glory, thenhow do we glorify God?
1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV31 So whether you eat ordrink or whatever you do,do it all for the glory ofGod.
It can be said that man“glorifies” God becausethrough man, God’s glorycan be seen in things suchas love, music, heroismand...
are carrying “in jars ofclay” (2 Cor 4:7).We are the vessels which“contain” His glory.
2 Corinthians 4:7 NASB7 But we have thistreasure in earthenvessels, so that thesurpassing greatnessof the power will be of...
All the things we are ableto do and to be find theirsource in Him.God interacts with naturein much the same waythat He doe...
Nature exhibits His glory.His glory is revealed toman’s mind through thematerial world in manyways, and often indifferent ...
One person may love thebeauty of the sea…
…while another personmay be thrilled by thesight of the mountains.
But that which is behindthem both (God’s glory)speaks to both people andconnects them to God.In this way, God is able tore...
heritage or location.As Psalm 19:1 says,“The heavens are tellingof the glory of God andtheir expanse is declaringthe work ...
Psalm 73:24 calls heavenitself “glory.”
Psalm 73:24-25 NASB24 With Your counsel Youwill guide me,And afterward receiveme to glory (Heaven).
25 Whom have I inHeaven but You?And besides You, I desirenothing on earth.Psalm 73:24-25 NASB
It used to be common tohear Christians talk ofdeath as being “receivedunto glory,” or “going onto glory” which is aphrase ...
When the Christian dies,he will be taken intoGod’s presence, and inHis presence will benaturally surrounded byGod’s glory.
We will be taken to theplace where God’s beautyliterally resides—thebeauty of His Spirit willbe there, because He willbe t...
Again, the beauty of HisSpirit (or the essence ofWho He Is) is His “glory.”In that place, His glorywill not need to cometh...
clearly, just as 1 Cor 13:12says, “For now we see in amirror dimly, but thenface to face; now I knowin part, but then I sh...
In the human/earthlysense, glory is a beauty orvibrancy that rests in orupon the material of theearth (Psalm 37:20, Psalm4...
Psalm 37:20 NASB20 But the wicked willperish; And the enemiesof the Lord will be likethe glory of the pastures,They vanish...
But the reason it fades isthat material things donot last.They die and wither, butthe glory that is in thembelongs to God,...
death or decay takes thematerial.
Isaiah 40:8 NASB8 The grass withers, theflower fades,But the word of our Godstands forever.
James 1:9-11 NASB9 The brother of humblecircumstances is to gloryin his high position;10 and the rich man is toglory in hi...
because like floweringgrass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with ascorching wind andwithers the grass; and itsflow...
destroyed; so too the richman in the midst of hispursuits will fade away.James 1:9-11 NASB
James 1:10 calls on a richman to “glory in hishumiliation,” indicating aglory that does not meanriches or power ormaterial...
This glory can crown manor fill the earth.It is seen within man andin the earth, but it is not ofthem; it is of God.
The glory of man is thebeauty of man’s spirit,which is fallible andeventually passes away,and is thereforehumiliating—as t...
The verse says,“The rich man is to gloryin his humiliation,because like floweringgrass he will pass away.”What does this m...
The verse is admonishingthe rich man to realizethat his wealth and powerand beauty come fromGod, and to be humbledby the r...
what he is, and gives himall he has.And the knowledge thathe will pass away like thegrass is what will bringhim to the rea...
Whom glory comes.God’s glory is the source,the wellspring fromwhich all smaller gloriesrun.
Since God is the One fromWhom glory comes, Hewill not let stand theassertion that glory comesfrom man or from theidols of ...
In Isaiah 42:8, we see anexample of God’s jealousyover His glory.
Isaiah 42:8 NASB8 “I am the Lord, thatis My name;I will not give My glory toanother,Nor My praise to gravenimages.”
This jealousy for His ownglory is what Paul istalking about in Romans1:21-25 when he speaks ofthe ways people worshipthe c...
In other words, theylooked at the objectthrough which God’sglory was coming, and,instead of giving God thecredit for it, t...
tree or man as if thebeauty it possessedoriginated from withinitself.This is the very heart ofidolatry and is a verycommon...
Everyone who has everlived has committed thiserror at one time oranother.We have all “exchanged”the glory of God in favoro...
This is the mistake manypeople continue to make:trusting in earthly things,earthly relationships, theirown powers or talen...
But when these thingsfade and fail as they willinevitably do (being onlytemporary carriers of thegreater glory), thesepeop...
What we all need torealize is that God’s gloryis constant, and as wejourney through life wewill see it manifest hereand th...
of love or heroism, fictionor non-fiction, or our ownpersonal lives.But it all goes back to Godin the end.And the only way...
Christ.We will find the verysource of all beauty inHim, in Heaven, if we arein Christ.Nothing will be lost to us.
All those things that fadedin life we will find againin Him.www.GotQuestions.org
DOXOLOGYWords: Thom­as Ken,1674.Music: Old 100th, Ge­ne­van Psalt­er, 1551, at­trib­ut­ed to Lou­is Bour­geois
Praise God, from Whom allblessings flow;Praise Him, all creatureshere below;Praise Him above, yeheavenly host;Praise Fathe...
Cat and Dog Theology!Why are so manyChristians bored andleading defeated lives?They view the Bible froma people-centered v...
Instead of seeing theirChristian life being allabout God and His glory,they see it as being allabout themselves.
Most people don’t getexcited about theChristian life untilGenesis 3, then they havesomething to live for…saving the lost w...
Genesis 3:5 NASBThe serpent said to Eve:5 “For God knows that inthe day you eat from ityour eyes will be opened,and you wi...
They have non-verballycommunicated tothemselves and God thatthe Bible is all aboutpeople.But the lost people aresaved to w...
Let’s make two boldstatements:1) God is the maincharacter of the Bible andlives to radiate His glory.
2) The average believersays the Bible is all aboutGod, but lives as ifhumanity is the mostimportant thing.Humanity often r...
Let’s look at twoexamples.First example:What did God get out ofJesus’ death?
Most Christians want tosay “He got us” but that isjumping straight back intoa people-centeredperspective!
He also received glory,honor, praise, adorationand obedience.Many Christians overlookthat result.
Second example:Most people don’t wantothers to go to hellbecause they’ll suffer somuch (back to a peoplecentered perspecti...
In Psalm 30:9, David talksabout the praise Godwouldn’t get from the pit.Depending upon who isthe main character of theBibl...
“Cat and Dog Theology”Two main characters have“birthed” two types ofChristianity.
These two differences areseen in the differentattitudes between a dogand a cat.
A dog says to its master:“You pet me, you feedme, you shelter me, youlove me, You must beGod.”
A cat says to its staff:“You pet me, you feedme, you shelter me, youlove me, I must be god.”
Dogs come when you callthem. Cats say, “I’ll getback with you, maybe.”They both look and act“Christian” but there is ahuge...
Getting To HeavenCats have a tendency towalk away from Hell.Their sole focus is onthemselves. Dogs walktoward Heaven havin...
Many Christians todayare joyless simply becausethey are still focused onthemselves and are onlyrunning away from Hell,not ...
Obedience SchoolBoth Cats and Dogs wantobedience in their lives.Dogs want to obey God.Cats want God to obeythem. You usual...
PrayerDogs pray to establishGod’s kingdom.Cats pray to establishtheir own kingdom.
Quiet TimesBoth Cats and Dogs havequiet times.Dogs focus on God’s glory(they think, “How isGod’s reputation beingaffected ...
Cats focus on themselves(how can they better theirlives…?)
Blessings andResponsibilitiesCats want all the blessingsand none of theresponsibilities.As a result, two majorproblems ari...
An incomplete Gospelcomes about, and theyend up with mixed-uppriorities.
Incomplete GospelOver time, Cat Theologydevelops into anincomplete Gospel.Cats are saved from helland it stops there.
This is not incorrect, but itis incomplete.Dogs are saved from hell,FOR WORSHIP AND TOBRING GOD GLORY.
In Our PrayersWe often pray: “Father,thank You for dying onthe cross for our sins”.That is not incorrect, but itis incompl...
He died on the cross forour sins SO THAT we willworship Him and glorifyHim.
In Our BlessingsCats focus on gatheringall of God’s blessings witha bucket.And once they have them,they keep them.
Dogs gather as manyblessings as they can fromGod and pass them on toothers.They know that theblessings are meant to gothro...
Mixed-Up PrioritiesBlessings and GloryBoth Cats and Dogs wantto be blessed by God.
Dogs hunger more forGod’s glory whereas Catshunger more for theblessings.
WorshipDogs worship Godprimarily for Who He is.Cats worship Godprimarily for what He cando for them.
God wants us to seek Hisface – to get to know Himrather than to always beseeking His hand – forwhat He can do for us.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB14 If My people who arecalled by My namehumble themselves andpray and seek My faceand turn from thei...
hear from heaven, willforgive their sin and willheal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB
Why all these differences?Dogs study “Theology.”Cats study “MEology.”
One way God chooses toreveal His glory isthrough blessing us!
Satan’s StrategySatan doesn’t wantChristians to focus onGod’s glory.
Satan’s strategy is to gethumanity to focus in onsomething else so thattheir focus is off of God’sglory.
As a result, we begin tothink that life is all aboutus.Because of this, we makea foundational shift in ourtheology.
Our focus goes off of Godglorifying Himselfthrough blessing us – wefocus on the gift ratherthan on the Giver.
Our focus is on receivingthe blessings from God,and we become primary;God’s glory becomessecondary.
Cats Are Living ForThemselvesCats are basically livingfor themselves in aChristian context.
They’ve rejected other“ways” of life and havechosen Christianity as thebest way to live forthemselves.Life is still all ab...
WDGG?Dogs ask one keyquestion as they gothrough life:What Does God Get?
Cats exit a worshipservice saying, “I didn’tget a thing out of that!”Dogs ask, “What did Godget?” WDGG?
As a result, they realizethat life is for God, it isnot just for us.We are here :To enjoy God’s grace andto extend God’s g...
A Prayer Of Repentance“Father, forgive usfor thinking life was aboutus and not You,for advancing ourkingdom and not Yours,...
more than You,for an incompleteChristianity,for mixed-up priorities,for living for ourselves ina Christian context,
for not seeing Your gloryall around us.We repent.Fill us again with yourHoly Spirit that we mightlive to make You famous."...
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  1. 1. OUR MOSTIMPORTANTRELATIONSHIPMay 5, 2013FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHJACKSON, MISSISSIPPIUSA
  2. 2. MAY MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 22:37-39“Love the Lord your Godwith all your heart, withall your soul, and with allyour mind.” 
  3. 3. This is the first andgreatest commandment.  And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor asyourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
  4. 4. Saturday, May 18thVacation Bible SchoolBlitz in the Belhaven andNortheast Jackson areas.We will meet inFellowship Hall East at9:00 a.m. for assignments.
  5. 5. We will be finished by11:00 a.m.There will be a party atParham Bridges Park onRidgewood Road from11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  6. 6. Hotdogs, fun jumps andmaking new friends.A great way to encouragemembers to get involvedas we prepare for thegreatest evangelistic effortduring the year!
  7. 7. Contact Paula Webb, theChildren’s MinistryAssistant, for instructions onthe sign up sheet forVacation Bible SchoolRefreshments to providerefreshments the week ofJune 3-7.
  8. 8. Don’t you hate it whensomeone or somethingcomes along and burstsyour bubble?
  9. 9. The truth is:It’s not about us!It is all about God and Hisglory!
  10. 10. Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB5 Trust in the Lord withall your heartAnd do not lean on yourown understanding.
  11. 11. 6 In all your waysacknowledge Him,And He will make yourpaths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB
  12. 12. Acknowledge Him –the King of Glory!
  13. 13. Psalm 24:7-10 KJV7 Lift up your heads, O yegates; and be ye lift up, yeeverlasting doors; and theKing of glory shall comein.
  14. 14. 8 Who is this King ofglory? The Lord strongand mighty, the Lordmighty in battle.
  15. 15. 9 Lift up your heads, O yegates; even lift them up,ye everlasting doors; andthe King of glory shallcome in.
  16. 16. 10 Who is this King ofglory?The Lord of hosts, He isthe King of glory.Selah.Psalm 24:7-10 KJV
  17. 17. All right, since God is theKing of Glory, then whatexactly is glory?
  18. 18. Isaiah 6:1-3 NASB1 In the year of KingUzziah’s death I saw theLord sitting on a throne,lofty and exalted, with thetrain of His robe fillingthe temple.
  19. 19. 2 Seraphim stood aboveHim, each having sixwings: with two hecovered his face, and withtwo he covered his feet,and with two he flew. 
  20. 20. 3 And one called out toanother and said,“Holy, Holy, Holy, isthe Lord of hosts,The whole earth is full ofHis glory.”Isaiah 6:1-3 NASB
  21. 21. What is the glory of God?The glory of God is thebeauty of His Spirit - thebeauty that emanatesfrom His character andradiates from all that Heis.
  22. 22. Hebrews 1:3a NIV3 The Son is the radianceof God’s glory and theexact representation ofHis being …
  23. 23. The glory of God, whichis manifested in all Hisattributes together, neverpasses away.It is eternal!
  24. 24. Isaiah 43:7 says that Godcreated us for His glory.
  25. 25. Isaiah 43:6-7 NASB6 “I will say to the north,‘Give them up!’And to the south, ‘Do nothold them back.’Bring My sons from afarAnd My daughters from
  26. 26. the ends of the earth,7 Everyone who is calledby My name,And whom I have createdfor My glory,Whom I have formed,even whom I have made.”
  27. 27. All right, if we werecreated for His glory, thenhow do we glorify God?
  28. 28. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV31 So whether you eat ordrink or whatever you do,do it all for the glory ofGod.
  29. 29. It can be said that man“glorifies” God becausethrough man, God’s glorycan be seen in things suchas love, music, heroismand so forth—thingsbelonging to God that we
  30. 30. are carrying “in jars ofclay” (2 Cor 4:7).We are the vessels which“contain” His glory.
  31. 31. 2 Corinthians 4:7 NASB7 But we have thistreasure in earthenvessels, so that thesurpassing greatnessof the power will be ofGod and not from us;
  32. 32. All the things we are ableto do and to be find theirsource in Him.God interacts with naturein much the same waythat He does with us.
  33. 33. Nature exhibits His glory.His glory is revealed toman’s mind through thematerial world in manyways, and often indifferent ways to differentpeople.
  34. 34. One person may love thebeauty of the sea…
  35. 35. …while another personmay be thrilled by thesight of the mountains.
  36. 36. But that which is behindthem both (God’s glory)speaks to both people andconnects them to God.In this way, God is able toreveal Himself to all men,no matter their race,
  37. 37. heritage or location.As Psalm 19:1 says,“The heavens are tellingof the glory of God andtheir expanse is declaringthe work of His hands;”
  38. 38. Psalm 73:24 calls heavenitself “glory.”
  39. 39. Psalm 73:24-25 NASB24 With Your counsel Youwill guide me,And afterward receiveme to glory (Heaven).
  40. 40. 25 Whom have I inHeaven but You?And besides You, I desirenothing on earth.Psalm 73:24-25 NASB
  41. 41. It used to be common tohear Christians talk ofdeath as being “receivedunto glory,” or “going onto glory” which is aphrase borrowed fromPsalm 73.
  42. 42. When the Christian dies,he will be taken intoGod’s presence, and inHis presence will benaturally surrounded byGod’s glory.
  43. 43. We will be taken to theplace where God’s beautyliterally resides—thebeauty of His Spirit willbe there, because He willbe there.
  44. 44. Again, the beauty of HisSpirit (or the essence ofWho He Is) is His “glory.”In that place, His glorywill not need to comethrough man or nature,rather it will be seen
  45. 45. clearly, just as 1 Cor 13:12says, “For now we see in amirror dimly, but thenface to face; now I knowin part, but then I shallknow fully just as I alsohave been fully known.”
  46. 46. In the human/earthlysense, glory is a beauty orvibrancy that rests in orupon the material of theearth (Psalm 37:20, Psalm49:17), and in that sense, itfades.
  47. 47. Psalm 37:20 NASB20 But the wicked willperish; And the enemiesof the Lord will be likethe glory of the pastures,They vanish—like smokethey vanish away.
  48. 48. But the reason it fades isthat material things donot last.They die and wither, butthe glory that is in thembelongs to God, andreturns to Him when
  49. 49. death or decay takes thematerial.
  50. 50. Isaiah 40:8 NASB8 The grass withers, theflower fades,But the word of our Godstands forever.
  51. 51. James 1:9-11 NASB9 The brother of humblecircumstances is to gloryin his high position;10 and the rich man is toglory in his humiliation,
  52. 52. because like floweringgrass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with ascorching wind andwithers the grass; and itsflower falls off and thebeauty of its appearance is
  53. 53. destroyed; so too the richman in the midst of hispursuits will fade away.James 1:9-11 NASB
  54. 54. James 1:10 calls on a richman to “glory in hishumiliation,” indicating aglory that does not meanriches or power ormaterial beauty.
  55. 55. This glory can crown manor fill the earth.It is seen within man andin the earth, but it is not ofthem; it is of God.
  56. 56. The glory of man is thebeauty of man’s spirit,which is fallible andeventually passes away,and is thereforehumiliating—as the versetells us.
  57. 57. The verse says,“The rich man is to gloryin his humiliation,because like floweringgrass he will pass away.”What does this mean?
  58. 58. The verse is admonishingthe rich man to realizethat his wealth and powerand beauty come fromGod, and to be humbledby the realization that it isGod Who makes him
  59. 59. what he is, and gives himall he has.And the knowledge thathe will pass away like thegrass is what will bringhim to the realization thatGod is the One from
  60. 60. Whom glory comes.God’s glory is the source,the wellspring fromwhich all smaller gloriesrun.
  61. 61. Since God is the One fromWhom glory comes, Hewill not let stand theassertion that glory comesfrom man or from theidols of man or fromnature.
  62. 62. In Isaiah 42:8, we see anexample of God’s jealousyover His glory.
  63. 63. Isaiah 42:8 NASB8 “I am the Lord, thatis My name;I will not give My glory toanother,Nor My praise to gravenimages.”
  64. 64. This jealousy for His ownglory is what Paul istalking about in Romans1:21-25 when he speaks ofthe ways people worshipthe creature rather thanthe Creator.
  65. 65. In other words, theylooked at the objectthrough which God’sglory was coming, and,instead of giving God thecredit for it, theyworshiped that animal or
  66. 66. tree or man as if thebeauty it possessedoriginated from withinitself.This is the very heart ofidolatry and is a verycommon occurrence.
  67. 67. Everyone who has everlived has committed thiserror at one time oranother.We have all “exchanged”the glory of God in favorof the “glory of man.”
  68. 68. This is the mistake manypeople continue to make:trusting in earthly things,earthly relationships, theirown powers or talents orbeauty, or the goodnessthey see in others.
  69. 69. But when these thingsfade and fail as they willinevitably do (being onlytemporary carriers of thegreater glory), thesepeople despair.
  70. 70. What we all need torealize is that God’s gloryis constant, and as wejourney through life wewill see it manifest hereand there, in this personor that forest, or in a story
  71. 71. of love or heroism, fictionor non-fiction, or our ownpersonal lives.But it all goes back to Godin the end.And the only way to Godis through His Son, Jesus
  72. 72. Christ.We will find the verysource of all beauty inHim, in Heaven, if we arein Christ.Nothing will be lost to us.
  73. 73. All those things that fadedin life we will find againin Him.www.GotQuestions.org
  74. 74. DOXOLOGYWords: Thom­as Ken,1674.Music: Old 100th, Ge­ne­van Psalt­er, 1551, at­trib­ut­ed to Lou­is Bour­geois
  75. 75. Praise God, from Whom allblessings flow;Praise Him, all creatureshere below;Praise Him above, yeheavenly host;Praise Father, Son, and HolyGhost.
  76. 76. Cat and Dog Theology!Why are so manyChristians bored andleading defeated lives?They view the Bible froma people-centered view ofthe Scriptures.
  77. 77. Instead of seeing theirChristian life being allabout God and His glory,they see it as being allabout themselves.
  78. 78. Most people don’t getexcited about theChristian life untilGenesis 3, then they havesomething to live for…saving the lost world (lostpeople)!
  79. 79. Genesis 3:5 NASBThe serpent said to Eve:5 “For God knows that inthe day you eat from ityour eyes will be opened,and you will be like God,knowing good and evil.”
  80. 80. They have non-verballycommunicated tothemselves and God thatthe Bible is all aboutpeople.But the lost people aresaved to worship God!
  81. 81. Let’s make two boldstatements:1) God is the maincharacter of the Bible andlives to radiate His glory.
  82. 82. 2) The average believersays the Bible is all aboutGod, but lives as ifhumanity is the mostimportant thing.Humanity often replacesGod on the throne.
  83. 83. Let’s look at twoexamples.First example:What did God get out ofJesus’ death?
  84. 84. Most Christians want tosay “He got us” but that isjumping straight back intoa people-centeredperspective!
  85. 85. He also received glory,honor, praise, adorationand obedience.Many Christians overlookthat result.
  86. 86. Second example:Most people don’t wantothers to go to hellbecause they’ll suffer somuch (back to a peoplecentered perspective).
  87. 87. In Psalm 30:9, David talksabout the praise Godwouldn’t get from the pit.Depending upon who isthe main character of theBible, you will have twodifferent theologies.
  88. 88. “Cat and Dog Theology”Two main characters have“birthed” two types ofChristianity.
  89. 89. These two differences areseen in the differentattitudes between a dogand a cat.
  90. 90. A dog says to its master:“You pet me, you feedme, you shelter me, youlove me, You must beGod.”
  91. 91. A cat says to its staff:“You pet me, you feedme, you shelter me, youlove me, I must be god.”
  92. 92. Dogs come when you callthem. Cats say, “I’ll getback with you, maybe.”They both look and act“Christian” but there is ahuge difference in theirheart attitude.
  93. 93. Getting To HeavenCats have a tendency towalk away from Hell.Their sole focus is onthemselves. Dogs walktoward Heaven havingfallen in love with God.
  94. 94. Many Christians todayare joyless simply becausethey are still focused onthemselves and are onlyrunning away from Hell,not moving towardHeaven.
  95. 95. Obedience SchoolBoth Cats and Dogs wantobedience in their lives.Dogs want to obey God.Cats want God to obeythem. You usually see thisin their prayer lives.
  96. 96. PrayerDogs pray to establishGod’s kingdom.Cats pray to establishtheir own kingdom.
  97. 97. Quiet TimesBoth Cats and Dogs havequiet times.Dogs focus on God’s glory(they think, “How isGod’s reputation beingaffected by my life?”).
  98. 98. Cats focus on themselves(how can they better theirlives…?)
  99. 99. Blessings andResponsibilitiesCats want all the blessingsand none of theresponsibilities.As a result, two majorproblems arise.
  100. 100. An incomplete Gospelcomes about, and theyend up with mixed-uppriorities.
  101. 101. Incomplete GospelOver time, Cat Theologydevelops into anincomplete Gospel.Cats are saved from helland it stops there.
  102. 102. This is not incorrect, but itis incomplete.Dogs are saved from hell,FOR WORSHIP AND TOBRING GOD GLORY.
  103. 103. In Our PrayersWe often pray: “Father,thank You for dying onthe cross for our sins”.That is not incorrect, but itis incomplete.
  104. 104. He died on the cross forour sins SO THAT we willworship Him and glorifyHim.
  105. 105. In Our BlessingsCats focus on gatheringall of God’s blessings witha bucket.And once they have them,they keep them.
  106. 106. Dogs gather as manyblessings as they can fromGod and pass them on toothers.They know that theblessings are meant to gothrough them to others.
  107. 107. Mixed-Up PrioritiesBlessings and GloryBoth Cats and Dogs wantto be blessed by God.
  108. 108. Dogs hunger more forGod’s glory whereas Catshunger more for theblessings.
  109. 109. WorshipDogs worship Godprimarily for Who He is.Cats worship Godprimarily for what He cando for them.
  110. 110. God wants us to seek Hisface – to get to know Himrather than to always beseeking His hand – forwhat He can do for us.
  111. 111. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB14 If My people who arecalled by My namehumble themselves andpray and seek My faceand turn from theirwicked ways, then I will
  112. 112. hear from heaven, willforgive their sin and willheal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB
  113. 113. Why all these differences?Dogs study “Theology.”Cats study “MEology.”
  114. 114. One way God chooses toreveal His glory isthrough blessing us!
  115. 115. Satan’s StrategySatan doesn’t wantChristians to focus onGod’s glory.
  116. 116. Satan’s strategy is to gethumanity to focus in onsomething else so thattheir focus is off of God’sglory.
  117. 117. As a result, we begin tothink that life is all aboutus.Because of this, we makea foundational shift in ourtheology.
  118. 118. Our focus goes off of Godglorifying Himselfthrough blessing us – wefocus on the gift ratherthan on the Giver.
  119. 119. Our focus is on receivingthe blessings from God,and we become primary;God’s glory becomessecondary.
  120. 120. Cats Are Living ForThemselvesCats are basically livingfor themselves in aChristian context.
  121. 121. They’ve rejected other“ways” of life and havechosen Christianity as thebest way to live forthemselves.Life is still all about them.
  122. 122. WDGG?Dogs ask one keyquestion as they gothrough life:What Does God Get?
  123. 123. Cats exit a worshipservice saying, “I didn’tget a thing out of that!”Dogs ask, “What did Godget?” WDGG?
  124. 124. As a result, they realizethat life is for God, it isnot just for us.We are here :To enjoy God’s grace andto extend God’s glory.
  125. 125. A Prayer Of Repentance“Father, forgive usfor thinking life was aboutus and not You,for advancing ourkingdom and not Yours,for seeking Your blessings
  126. 126. more than You,for an incompleteChristianity,for mixed-up priorities,for living for ourselves ina Christian context,
  127. 127. for not seeing Your gloryall around us.We repent.Fill us again with yourHoly Spirit that we mightlive to make You famous."Amen

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