The glory of God can seem like a confusing idea. The Bible makes a big deal of it, even making it a matter of life and death. But we tend not to think about it very much. What exactly is God’s glory? What if understanding and seeking God’s glory dramatically changes our lives? How would our lives look if we were living for His glory? God wants to show us that His glory is for our good. In this message, we’ll explore the idea of the glory of God, and we’ll see how submitting to His authority brings Him glory and brings us great joy.

Discussion Questions

What is the glory of God? Why does that matter to you today?

Read Isaiah 6:1-8. What are the responses in this passage to God’s glorious presence? How does this compare with your response to God’s glorious presence?

Read Isaiah 43:1-7. How does this passage show God’s authority? How does God being all-powerful impact your living for His glory?

Read Matthew 5:16. How does your life lead others to glorify God? How would your life need to change for you to live for the glory of God?

What is the relationship between the glory of God and joy in Christ?

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