To God Alone Be The Glory
Topic: Glorifying God Passage: Romans 11:33–11:36
THEME: As Paul reflected on God’s amazing plan of salvation that he had been expounding in the first eleven chapters of his letter to the churches in Rome, he burst forth with what is perhaps the most uplifting doxology in the New Testament. A doxology is an expression of praise typically in the form of a short song or hymn. This doxology serves as the climactic conclusion of all that Paul has written so far about the gospel; God’s good news of salvation. Like a mountain climber who has reached the summit of Mt. Everest, all he could do was stand in awe of God’s beauty and majesty and shout out to Him in praise. In vv. 33-36, Paul praised TWO ASPECTS of God which are clearly revealed in His glorious gospel and should cause us to passionately praise Him like never before.
- Paul praised the unfathomed wisdom of God (vv. 33-34)
- Paul praised the unaided work of God (vv. 35-36)
James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” These questions are designed to help you apply today’s message to your life. We encourage you to thoughtfully answer these questions and discuss your answers with others. For more information about joining a Grow Group that uses these questions as the basis for weekly discussion, prayer, and accountability, please call the church office at (936) 582-1977.
- What are some things you understand about God? What are some things you don’t understand about God? Are you able to praise and thank Him for both?
- What were some of the truths that thrilled Paul’s heart and caused him to explode in praise to God at the end of Romans 11? Do these truths affect you in a similar way? Why or why not?
- Are you ever guilty of trying to act as God’s consultant when it comes to how He rules and runs your life? Is there anything in your life that you are tempted to question God’s wisdom? What are some things you have a tendency to complain about to God and others?
- Read Job 42:1-6. What can you learn from the life of Job that will help you when you wonder what God is up to in your life (cf. Job. 1:20-22)?
- Read Romans 16:27, Ephesians 3:20-21, 1 Peter 4:11, and Revelation 5:12-13. Why should God get all the glory for everything? How can you bring glory to God by the way you live your life (cf. 1 Cor. 10:31)? Is glorifying God the greatest passion and ultimate pursuit of your life?
- What is the relationship between theology and doxology (i.e. the Word of God and the worship of God)? Are you more prone to “undevotional theology” or “untheological devotion”? Explain.
- Praise and thank God for His unfathomable wisdom and unaided works that He has put on display in saving you from sin, death, and hell. Ask Him to forgive you for a lack of vibrancy in the way you worship Him. Ask Him to bring Himself much honor and glory through all you say and do.