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October 30, 2020 8:00 am
Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ arise. Whatever I it's always got a disdain to whatever Paul doesn't mean that all means whatever what ever you included everything that what ever you do every single is not about coming together on Sunday is joining us today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana Pastor Bill Gebhardt now is again he shows us how God's word meets our high Sebastian was to classical music what William Shakespeare was the English literature or Sir Isaac Newton physics for centuries afterwards writing Jesus, Joy of man's desiring is heard in innumerable weddings all over the world's music was much more thou than a combination of notes and melodies and harmonies for block, they were prayers before they were music he would write JJ on the top of every composition. JJ is Jesus Giovanna Jesus help me and at the end of every composition he would write SDG Soli DO Gloria Soli DO Gloria to the glory of God alone. That was a rallying cry.
By the way, the Reformation block lived his life with one single motivation, he had one single core value. He lived his life for an audience of one. She really didn't care what the public thought about his music. He only cared about what the Lord thought about his music. What an interesting perspective that he had you see your life is an original score in the question I have for you this morning is that how you live your life is your life lived by Sola DO Gloria to God be the glory.
You see, no one can glorify God like you and more importantly, no one can glorify God for you. This is our responsibility. Just imagine if we all did this just imagine that if a student writes an essay and at the bottom of the essay.
They write SDG Sola DO Gloria, one of mechanic room offering a car and stamping them up for SDG see what would happen if a doctor wrote a prescription at the bottom of the prescription write SDG what we actually lived our life, or an audience of one that we did it, just like Bock using for Christians is not so much what we do. It's why we do it, it's all about our motivation.
That's what the kingdom of God is all about Soli, DO Gloria is living for an audience of one. You see block wrote that he rejected the idea that there's a difference between the sacred and the secular. He said there is no difference in his right is no difference at all to him all things were created by God in all things were created for God every note of music every color of the painting. Everything we do. So the glory of God, Arnold Summerfield, the German physicist and pianist observed that a single hydrogen atom emits 100 different frequencies appeared only 88 single hydrogen atom 100 every single atom is a unique expression of God's creative genius. Did you know that the electron shell of a carbon atom produces the same harmonic scale was of the Gregorian chant exactly the same. You know the well songs can be heard for thousands of miles by Wells underwater.
Did you know that a meadowlark has a range of 300 notes. You see we can only hear so much, but in the field of bio acoustics, they'd now revealed that we are surrounded by millions and millions of ultrasonic songs, supersensitive sound instruments have discovered that even earthworms give off a faint staccato sounds as they live their life.
Lewis Thomas put it this way if we had better hearing and could discern the desk and so the singing of seabirds the rib the rhythmic timpani or drumming of a school of mollusks or even the distant harmonics of midges or flies hanging over the Meadows and the sun.
He said the combined sound would probably lift us off our feet. In other words everything in creation is glorifying God.
Most of it musically, that we can't possibly hear everything is been created by God and for God. That's the chief end of man. The Westminster shorter catechism says that the chief end of man is to glorify God and to join forever that define you, though this take a look at first in your future just for a moment I want you to go to Revelation chapter 5 with me. Revelation chapter 5 John gives us a little picture into the future. This book of Revelation, but I want you to get a scope of this because it's your future as well as mine matter. If you think about that very much. Starting in verse eight. This is when he had taken the book, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which of the prayers of the saints, and they sang a new song same worthy are you to take the book and break its seals, for you were slain in purchase for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God and they will reign upon the earth. Then I looked and I heard a voice of many angels around the throne and living creatures and the elders and the number of them was myriads and myriads thousands and thousands saying with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might honor and glory and blessing and every created thing which is in heaven or on the earth or under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them. I heard saying to him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb the blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever. And the four living creatures kept saying amen and the elders fell down and worshiped as her future notice what's worshiping God everything.
Everything in the heavens. Everything on the earth. Everything under the earth. Spiritual beings physical beings. Everything is worshiping God. That's our future God be the glory. How does that play out in my own life. What is it like for me. I want to go with me now to first Corinthians chapter 10 first Corinthians chapter 10 in one verse, verse 31 to extremely important verse just sort of tucked away in the middle of this epistle.
Verse 31 of first Corinthians 10. Whether then you eat or drink whatever you do, do all the glory of God is a word right in the middle there that I don't like because of our culture that I love it in the Scriptures you see it right in the middle of verse whatever how do you see that in our culture you know what rolled her eyes. Whatever I it's always got a disdain to whatever Paul doesn't mean that all he means whatever what ever you do what's included in that everything everything imagine was included in that verse. What ever you do. He said it's whatever you and I do it affects every single aspect of my life. She's not about coming together on Sunday and sing in a couple songs and say what worshiping whatever I do is to the glory of God.
You see, that's an amazing thing it doesn't matter what I'm doing when I go to work I go to the glory of God. When I live in my neighborhood I lived there for the glory of God the family I'm born in is for the glory of God.
My marriage is for the glory of God.
My children for the glory of God. Every single thing that I do is for the glory of God is. I have to live my life with a single audience in mind as a block. I live my life that way. Whatever you do, do it all.
He says to the glory of God go a few pages of me. First Corinthians 15 right at the end of the book in verse 58 first romance 1558, I wanted to see some it's very important hear from God's perspective. This is, therefore, my beloved, therefore, my beloved brother and be steadfast in movable, always abounding in the work of the Lord and then this phrase knowing that your toilet was not in vain in the Lord's not angry. While not in vain what you mean by that he means it will always be remembered by the Lord. The matter what it is you do. You see you when I whether we realize it or not, we live with a false dichotomy and you probably believe that although you wouldn't admit it now. You see we live in a false dichotomy. When you think of you and then you think of, say, Billy Graham, are you on the same plane as him.
No one wants to shake her head one way or the other.
Yes, absolutely. God doesn't have major leagues and minor leagues is no such thing is that with God. You see that's not the case at all.
He tries to tell us that over and over. Use the analogy of the body. Some people are the mouth. Some people, the internal organs. Internal organs may be more important in a month.
He tries every way he can do let us know this but he said it will be in vain.
Using whatever you do, not for the Lord's glory hundred years from now won't matter and it will never matter for a thousand years a million years a billion years it won't matter at all. Whatever you do, but whatever you do for the glory of God. It will matter in 100 years ago matter thousand years ago matter in a million years ago. Matter is he that's the point.
That's what he said solely deal. Glory to God be the glory and going to live with an audience of one. While see how I do that it all starts with one single choice go with me to Matthew chapter 4 Matthew chapter 4 pick it up in verse 18 Jesus was taken and led by the spirit of God into the wilderness he was tempted by Satan there for three different temptations.
He quoted the word of God each and every time, and is now back and he's going to begin his ministry. In verse 18 through verse 22.
I'm just gonna read the verses he said now as Jesus was walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen professional full-time fishermen and he said to them, follow me and I'll make you fishers of men. And immediately they left their nets and they followed him going on from there he saw two other brothers, James, the sons of Zebedee, and John his brother in the boat was 70.
Their father, mending their nets and he called them and immediately they left the boat and their father may fall. It all starts with the choice I don't know if you saw when I read it.
Notice again. Verse 20 and immediately they left their nets and followed him. Verse 22. Immediately they left the boat and their father may follow the drop their nets left the boat left the father and they followed him notice there's no discussion, no discussion will see what would you have done way to what he want me to go hello just going to take hello my going to be away you see what this going to be like would they didn't even ask Jesus called him they just dropped their nets and got on the boat. They left the father in a fall. That's a choice what's what's the choice Jesus first.
He says that over and over again in the Gospels. I first he said. In fact he said if I'm not first. You can't be my disciple. You just can't.
You have to make the choice you have to.
In a sense live for God. That's exactly what John Sebastian Bach.
Gifted as he was. He lived for God.
He lived for an audience of one, I think so often for us.
We don't see the Lord. That way, I think for some of us we see the Lord is like a hobby for some of you may be your favorite hobby pleases the hobby you have your life then you have a hobby and your hobby means that most Sundays. If you can you get here I give them a few tunes that form the saying and unites the people and then going away.
He's like a hobby that won't do for some of you. It's even worse you view Jesus as sort of a passport to heaven. You live your life totally the way you want to live it and use it for the good part is when I got to go to heaven that's can be better than the option. Obviously, with the point of it is that's not what Jesus is talking about it all in any sense of the word. The reason they responded as of who he is. He is the Lord Jesus Christ.
He was your Savior, but don't forget who he is. He is the Lord Jesus Christ member Jesus once said to his own disciples. Why do you call me Lord not do the things I ask. In other words, it's kind of written in my name Lord see when you're the Lord to tell someone expect the new van Jesus did to for many of us that's not the case at all. You see, but whenever you do that you have no idea where it's going to lead one of the best choices I ever made in my own life was a happy-go-lucky chemist in Pennsylvania enjoying everything about my life and decided to drop the net get out of the boat and leave my father if I not done that I would've never known the joy of pastoring such a wonderful group of people not wind of an almost anyone I would've talked to would've said that was fine you know you belong here.
This is where your family. It got to get you gotta get out of the boat. You gotta drop the net you and I don't mean everyone has to leave.
I just mean everyone is, make the choice you see have to live for the audience of one. Hampton Keithley writes this, he said that's all we need to know is that if God is for us who can be against us. God plus one equals a super majority. His name is the solution to every problem.
His name is the answer every question, whose name he said columns every fear. It seals every prayer wins every battle at his name. Angels balling demons quaked at his name. Our sin is vindicated in our authority is validated. He said it's not about who you are who you are absolutely irrelevant. God doesn't use us because of us.
He uses us in spite of us, I can testify to that. I'm sure you can to see what's stopping you what's stopping you. Whatever you do do to the glory of God living a life or an audience of just one, but that's all that really matters.
What's stopping you.
We come up with all kinds of excuses. I will look at a few of those. This go to Exodus chapter 3 Exodus chapter 3 we went into Moses. He's very famous and you know a story spent four years in Egypt he was adopted by Pharaoh's daughter. He was raised as a prince of Egypt and now is spent 40 years in the land of Midian. All he does is 10 sheep 40 years of tending sheep in the wilderness is always out there. One day, tending sheep and I'm a Bush begins the burn and that's not too unusual in the Sinai spontaneous combustion with bushes can occur when made Moses. Notice, this one is no matter how much it burned wasn't consumed and just stayed there. So Moses meanders over and went to get a better look at this and it's kind of an interesting thing. He and God have his wonderful interaction. God says in verse seven the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings, so I've come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians and the bring them up from the land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey know it's interesting he says in verse nine. Now behold the cry, the sons of Israel come to me. Furthermore I've seen the oppression but with the Egyptians are oppressing them is is therefore come out. I will send you to Pharaoh so that you may bring my people, the sons of Israel out of Egypt.
There's going I want to understand the calling is a little unusual case wanting to have a burning bush. It's another whenever burning bush talks the burning bush and toxicities award is really unusual, but notice what the Lord said, I'm going to deliver my people and I'm going to use you now after he said that what should your response.
Use me now if God says he's going to use you for something. What you think is going to use you for something right.
So is it possible that Moses could fill here no God set a minute, but Moses just like us. Notice what he does. His first response. Verse 11 but Moses said to God, who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt.
His lack of identity is cool mind to do this ever think of that you ever say that whom I whom I to be used in this way. I mean I'm not a majorly Christian I'm a minorly Christian you see who will my to do that, notice the patience of God need he said certainly I will be with you. He says initial be assigned to you that I was I who have sent you when you about the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain by way as a guarantee. Again, you're going to be successful you see and buy what you got bring them back to this mountain, even worship me here God gives him prophecy says okay you got a combat doesn't stop Moses all you so much like us. I don't know about this. So he says Moses said to God, behold, I'm going to the sons of Israel, and I say to them, the God of your fathers has sent me to you know what they may say to me is what is his name what to tell his lack of a message when I got to say so well my hello love the Lord God said to him, I am who I him.
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