Spirit-filled Reliance

Kevin DeYoung

READ : 1 Peter 4:7-11 . . . whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. (v. 11 ESV) Today is Pentecost, the Sunday when the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit as we read in Acts 2. One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to give gifts to the church. According …

The Heavens Declare

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (v. 1 ESV) Psalm 19 is the classic text about God’s revelation, both God’s special revelation in his word (vv. 7-14) and God’s general revelation through his creation (vv. 1-6). General revelation cannot save us, but it is sufficient for seeing God’s eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20). When we delight in God’s handiwork, God is glorified. I have very refined …

Giving to God's Glory

Kevin DeYoung

READ : 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 . . . they will glorify God because of . . . the generosity of your contribution . . . (v. 13 ESV) God loves a cheerful giver, which according to the old preacher’s joke means that if you aren’t happy giving your money away, keep giving until you are! Actually, it means something much more serious. Our generosity has profound potential to bring God glory. Miserliness, on the other hand, has great potential to …

The Price of Purity

Kevin DeYoung

READ : 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 . . . for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (v. 20 ESV) Christians are not dualists. Dualism teaches that physical stuff is bad and spiritual stuff is good. But Christians believe in the resurrection of the body and the creation of a good physical world. The body is good. Food is good. Sex is good. But good things can be badly used. Sex must be used in the …

Dust to Dust

Kevin DeYoung

READ : John 21:15-19 This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God. (v. 19 ESV) Jesus expected Peter to glorify him not only in living but in dying. The Bible never says we should like pain. Jesus didn’t like pain. If we liked it, it wouldn’t be pain! But God sends us pain, and ultimately death, that we might more fully glorify him. We are to be like those martyrs in Revelation who …

Preventing Truth Decay

Kevin DeYoung

READ : John 16:12-15 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (v. 14 ESV) Yesterday we looked at the importance of following Jesus with more than words. Today we look at how our words about Jesus still matter. The work of the Holy Spirit is to take “what is mine“—who Jesus is and what he has done—and “declare it” to us. In other words, good theology (literally, “talk about God”) glorifies …