Can It Be Said Or Done To The Glory Of God?
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We all should KNOW that we need Scriptural authority for all that we say and do (Matthew 4:4, Colossians 3:17, and I Thessalonians 4:1-2).
1. Ephesians 5:10.
2. We know that we cannot speak or act when in doubt (Luke 12:29, Romans 14:23, and I Timothy 2:8).
B. We’ve learned to ask some questions to establish authority for our words and actions…
1. Does the Lord instruct me to say or do this by direct statements (John 15:10)?
2. Does the Lord instruct me to say or do this by approved examples (I Corinthians 4:16-17 and I Peter 2:21)?
3. Does the Lord instruct me to say or do this by something that is clearly implied (Matthew 3:16 [Jesus had to go down into the water])?
4. Are my actions and/or words, though lawful, expedient and profitable (I Corinthians 10:23; 33) wherein I may have some options to employ?
a. We're authorized to assemble on the first day of the week for the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7), but we must do so at an expedient time wherein our brethren can assemble together (I Corinthians 11:33).
b. It is lawful to call a rebellious person an ass (Hosea 8:5-11) or a bastard (Hebrews 12:6-8), but it is not always expedient to do so when other words can be used for the sake of the spiritually ignorant (I Corinthians 8:9).
II. Body: Add to your knowledge of establishing authority the process of making sure your words and actions glorify the Lord (Romans 15:6 and Romans 16:27).
A. One way we glorify God is by bringing forth much good fruit (John 15:8).
1. While we’re expected to do good works (Titus 2:7, Titus 2:14, and Titus 3:8)…
2. …The results [fruit] of those works tell the whole story (Matthew 7:15-20, Matthew 12:33, John 15:16, Ephesians 5:9, Colossians 1:10, and Titus 3:14).
B. This lesson applies not just spiritually, but physically as well (I Corinthians 6:20).
1. Serve those whom you work for in a way that brings glory to God (ex. slavery – Ephesians 6:5-8).
2. Keep carnal commitments (James 5:1-4).
3. Obey civil rulers (I Peter 2:13-16) unless they cause you to err (Acts 5:29).
C. Some applications…
1. In light of the Scriptures, can I think that I can drink alcohol to the glory of God (Proverbs 20:1, Proverbs 21:17, Proverbs 23:29-35, Isaiah 5:11, Isaiah 5:22, Hosea 4:11, Luke 21:33-34, and I Thessalonians 5:7-8)?
2. In light of the Scriptures, can I think that I can introduce unnecessary addictive drugs into my body [tobacco, narcotics, etc.] to the glory of God (Galatians 5:17, Galatians 5:24, and I Peter 2:11)?
3. In light of the Scriptures, can I think that I can be entertained by sinful things to the glory of God (Psalms 101:3, Matthew 5:28-29, and Mark 4:24)?
4. In light of the Scriptures, can I think that I can vainly use God’s name to His glory (Deuteronomy 5:11)?
5. In light of the Scriptures, can I think that I can repay evil with evil to the glory of God (I Thessalonians 5:15)?
6. In light of the Scriptures, can I think that I can do anything that isn’t clearly pleasing to the Lord to His glory (I Peter 4:11)?
III. Conclusion: “Whatsoever” covers it all (I Corinthians 10:31)!
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager