Glorify Lesson Plan

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Bible Study Guide Sunday, August 26, 2018

Glorify Sermon Text:​ 1 Peter 2:9-12 Study Texts:​ Colossians 3:1-17 Sermon Recap​: The glorifying of God is the primary purpose of the created realm. It follows, then, that glorifying God is the primary task of the people of God. In 1 Peter 2:9-12, we read that through the gospel of Christ, we become a holy nation unto God. We have been washed of our sin and given the full righteousness of Christ, and we are to exercise that in our lives for the glory of God in the world. What is the purpose of our salvation? That we might display God’s marvelous light to the world. In doing so, in conducting ourselves according to God’s righteousness, we not only glorify God, but we encourage others to see and to savor God through our lives. Sermon Connection:​ In this passage from Colossians, we find Paul giving instructions to the Church on how to live before God in light of Who He is and what He has done through Christ. We often use the phrase “glorify God,” but Paul here gives feet to the phrase. What does glorifying God look like? It looks like the people of God recognizing Christ as the foundation of their lives; it looks like God’s people putting sin to death in their lives, and in turn, pursuing holy living. We see this spectacular picture of what the Church is to be and how we are to live, and this is all rooted in the phrase “glorify God.”

Lesson Plan Lesson Goal: ​To see how the gifts God gives the Church are for His glory and our good Lesson Points: Point 1: The Foundation of God’s Glory​ (vv. 1-4) Point 2: Glorifying God by Putting Sin to Death​ (vv. 5-11) Point 3: Glorifying God Through Holy Living​ (vv. 12-17) The Context: ​Having laid the foundation of the Church in the gospel of Jesus Christ, Who Paul says ​“is the firstborn over all creation,”​ Paul now turns his attention to helping the Church understand how she is to live in the world. And as he writes, it all starts with setting our minds on Christ. All things are to Him and through Him. 1

Point 1 - The Foundation of God’s Glory​ (vv. 1-4) ● Why does Paul instruct us to set our minds on “​the things above​”? See also 2 Cor. 4:17-18. ● How often should this be happening in our lives? How does Psalm 1:2 tie in? ● Who​ is at the center of glorifying God according to vv. 1-4? Point 2 - Glorifying God by Putting Sin to Death​ (vv. 5-11) ● Not everything “earthly” is bad, so what is Paul referring to here? ● What assumption is Paul making in verse 7? ● If Paul assumes the salvation of his readers, why does he instruct them to flee from sin? Do Christians struggle with sin? ● How does Paul tie together “putting sin to death” and the health of the body of Christ in verses 10-11? Point 3 - Glorifying God Through Holy Living​ (vv. 12-17) ● In contrast to v. 5, what is Paul’s instruction in verse 12? How is this tied to 1 Pt. 2:9? ● What characteristics does Paul list as those things which glorify God? ● How can we see these things come to be true in our own lives, and our gospel communities? Where does it start? (See v. 16.) ● Verse 17 gives us a mission statement if you will. What does Paul say about glorifying God, and what does this assume about the Christian? The Big Picture Glorifying God is the task of the people of God, but it is also the deepest and most satisfying joy of the people of God. As we have seen in the passage from 1 Peter, God intends that His people be set apart from the world, a holy nation and royal priesthood. Christ died, was buried and was raised to see this accomplished. Resting on the foundation of Christ, it cannot be undone. At the same time, God calls the Church to embrace this reality and to live faithfully unto His glory. How are we to glorify God in our lives? We are to continually set our minds on Christ; we are to put sin to death in our bodies and mind; and we are to pursue righteous living personally and within the community of believers. Because the Church is an essential part of the Christian life, we recognize that we can never fully glorify God until we are doing all three of these acts in the community of God’s saints, and what a joy it is! Application Questions ● How am I setting my mind on things that are above? ● In what areas am I not controlling my mind? ● How am I putting sin to death in my life? ● How am I inviting the community of believers to help me in this? ● In what ways can growth groups encourage one another in this? ● How is your growth group doing in this regard? ● How are you actively seeking to build the community of your growth group? 2