“The gospel is not an announcement that God has relaxed his justice or lowered the standard of His holiness.” – Arthur Pink
Growing up in a fundamentalist, Baptist church I rarely heard the name of Calvin mentioned, and when I did it was generally as pejoritive. Most of my life, I associated Calvin (and Calvinism) with a sub-Christian, anti-Evangelical tinge.
However, in the last six years or so, I have come to deeply appreciate Calvin and his teachings.
So it is appropriate on this day to remember one of the greatest influences in the history of theology, and arguably in the development of Western society.
Question: Why did God make you and all things?
Answer: For his own glory.
The first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism is “what is the chief end of man.” The answer is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” John Piper has famously rephrased this concept as “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
We were made solely to glorify God.
Questions for discussion:
1. Does God need you for anything?
2. Was God lonely before He created us?
Verses (All ESV):
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. (Rev. 4:11)
Theological concept to consider for the week:
The Independence of God
A common wrong answer given when this question is asked by children is, “God created us because He was lonely.” Nothing could be further from the truth. God has existed for eternity in perfect fellowship within the Trinity. He has no need for us, yet takes delight in our giving Him glory.
God does not rely or need anything outside of Himself. He is completely independent and self-existant. This attribute of God is referred to as His aseity. This term comes from the latin words a se which mean “from himself.”
Scott Head has written an encouragement for fathers to practice and lead family worship.
As fathers it is plainly expressed in the Word that it is our duty to disciple our children ourselves, always and continuously. While there is a great blessing in other ordained venues and through gifted teachers such as the corporate worship and preaching of the Word, the primary duty passing on of the faith falls squarely upon the father; the father is the responsible party. This is why family worship is critical, it is a great and mighty tool in the duty of discipling children. You, dear brother, should lead out by establishing this practice in your home.
In our family we have been having family worship every night for the past year and a half or so, and it has really impacted our family. We read scripture, study catechism, learn theological concepts, sing, and pray. I would encourage every family to diligently practice family worship.