Thursday, February 09, 2006

Presbytery Core Value 1

The new Philadelphia Presbytery has set up 12 core values. I'll post one daily. Here is the first:

1. Our passion is to see the glory of God displayed throughout the whole earth.
The book of Revelation gives us a glorious glimpse of worship in heaven where we see the angelic host singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come”, and the twenty-four elders raising their voices in chorus, singing, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being” (Rev. 4:8b, 11). God delights in such worship. He desires that the whole earth be filled with His glory. All the redeemed of the Lord join in this great worship celebration. Indeed, Christ, by his atoning sacrifice, has “purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9b). Indeed, God is worthy of all praise for the greatness of who He is and for what He has done in His works of creation, providence, and redemption. Yet, in our sinful rebellion, it is our continual tendency to seek glory for ourselves. We do this by worshiping creatures and created things rather than the true and living God. But now as God’s redeemed people our burden is to see God alone receive the glory due His name (Rom. 1:21-25). Indeed, our life’s mission is to know Christ and to make Him known to all those around us in an ever-widening circle to the very ends of the earth so that they too might know Him and join us in worshiping Him (Matt. 28:19-20).


Blogger Charlie said...

This is the text (Rev. 4:8, 11) I use in a new work for the choir. We'll be premiering it on March 26 in the evening.

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