Lost Sheep Ministries
Luke
15:4-7
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LOST SHEEP MINISTRIES
God’s Renown: A journey to God, the Local Church and all peoples
Written by Mike Stroope, Arlington, TX used by permission and modified by Bob Gibson
CREATION:
All Peoples
for His Glory
The worship of God is the
path for all creation, but
man has strayed from the
path. In the beginning
there was God.
The
Path
He created all that is. The reason He created
was not because He was lonely or in need of
man. God created mankind in order that He
might be known and worshipped as the
Creator
In creating all the peoples of the world, God desires to be
known and glorified as the Creator. Praise and worship -through the diversity of language, culture and color of the
peoples of the earth -- honor God.
Let us discover why God created the peoples of
the earth. See how people from every tribe and
language are a vital part of God’s plan to
establish His glory and renown.
After these things I looked, and
behold, a great multitude which no
one could count, from every nation
and all tribes and peoples and
tongues, standing before the throne
and before the Lamb, clothed in
white robes, and palm branches
were in their hands; and they cry
out with a loud voice, saying,
“Salvation to our God who sits on
the throne, and to the Lamb.”
Revelation 7:9-10
Creation
is the expression
of God’s
passion
for praise and worship.
“Praise the Lord!
Praise
the
Lord
from
the
The Psalmist describes
heavens;
all
of creation as praising Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels,
God…
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon,
Praise Him, all stars of
light!
Praise Him, highest
heavens,
And the waters that are
above the heavens:
Let them praise
the name of the Lord,
For He commanded
and they were created.
Praise the Lord from the earth.
Sea monsters and all the deep;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all the hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;
Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and winged fowl;
Kings of the earth and all peoples,
Princes and all judges of the earth,
Both young men and virgins,
Old men and children.
Let them praise
the Name of the Lord,
For His name
alone is exalted;
His glory is above
earth and heaven.”
Psalm 148:1-5, 7-13
Everything exists to praise the Creator!
The diagram below illustrates God’s intent in
creating, God created and in return the creation is
to worship Him. Worship means that God is
known and praised as the
absolute and awesome Creator.
Creation
God
Worship
All peoples
Instead of worship,
men and women
choose to ignore and reject God. Because worship is
absent,
chaos reigns on the earth.
Babel: People on earth seek to make a name for
themselves:
“Come let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower
whose top will reach into heaven and let us make for
ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered
abroad over the face of the earth.” Genesis 11:4
Life in defiance of God leads to confusion (babble)
and chaos. Without acknowledgement of God as
Creator, chaos reigns.
God created the universe so all of His creation
would resound with worship to His name.
The creature has replaced the honor due to God’s
name with its own. The result is that instead of
there being worship of the Creator by creation,
chaos reigns.
God
Creation
Chaos
All peoples
Chaos is not from God
“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are:
immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities,
strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissentions,
factions.”
Galatians 5:19-20
Mankind is Divided
Because of Pride
“He has scattered those who were proud in the
thoughts of their hearts.”
Luke 1:51
Worship Restored at Pentecost:
Diversity is transformed into worship
“Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of
Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya
around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and
proselytes, Cretans and Arabs ---we hear them in our own
tongues speaking of the mightydeeds of God.”
Acts 2:9-11
At this Pentecost celebration,
the opposite of Genesis 11
takes place. Babel is reversed.
At the tower of Babel, God
confuses languages and chaos
reigns.
At the day of Pentecost, language is understood and
worship of God dominates! God gives those present a
common experience so that they are no longer divided
and confused but understand clearly the mighty deeds
of God. While cultural, national and linguistic
differences are not done away with, a ruptured world is
mended.
Each of those present heard the disciples speak of
the mighty deeds of God in his or her own
language. The knowledge of God crossed linguistic
limits and soon moved beyond racial boundaries.
Three thousand of those present were convinced
that what they had witnessed was from God.
They believed in Jesus as the Son of God
and were baptized (Acts 2:41). They
returned to North Africa, Asia Minor,
Rome and Arab countries worshipping the
Lord Jesus Christ as God.
The worship of God across linguistic and racial
lines
that began at Pentecost will make its way through
every people group before the end of time.
God will eliminate chaos
and restore worship.
“For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a
garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So
the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to
spring up before all the nations.”
Isaiah 61:11
Worship will Reign!
“All the earth will worship You,
And will sing praises to You;
They will sing praises
to your name.”
Psalm 66:4
The only place of true racial, social and
religious harmony
is in the worship of God.
The only place without
conflict and war will
be in the
acknowledgement of
God. Political, social
and religious solutions
to domestic
and international
conflicts
are only temporary.
The only remedy
for the chaos and anarchy
of our world is
worship of the Creator!
Either we reflect the chaos and turmoil of the world
around us
or we reflect the
RENOWN of God.
It is only by laying aside our aspirations for greatness,
our ethnic pride and our self-serving intentions that God’s
purpose becomes a reality in our individual and corporate
lives.
Why were you created?
For God’s Renown!
What do you reflect?
The World’s Chaos?
OR
The Creator’s Glory?
Chaos reigns for the present time, but the
battle for
God’s RENOWN is being waged. One day,
God will reclaim
all of creation
for His honor and glory.
Until that day the
RENOWN of God
widens and spreads
through His people!
APPLICATION
Reflecting His Renown!
What did God intend for His creation
to reflect -Worship or Chaos?
The following questions will help you
assess and record your thoughts about
the purpose of God in His creation.
Why were you created?
Why do so many different kinds of
people speak so many different languages?
In what ways do you try to make a name for
yourself? Your family? Your ethnic group?
Your church or denomination?
Do you just try to “fit in” to what everyone
else is thinking and doing or do you stand up
for God’s name?
Since the beginning of time, nations,
tribes, men and women have sought to
make a name for themselves and thus,
chaos reigns. One day the worship of
God will be restored and creation will be
reclaimed.
PRAY:
See worksheet
We memorize Scripture in order to know
God and His purposes. As God’s purpose
becomes part of our conscious and
subconscious memory, we focus our activities
and lives on establishing worship of God and
His renown. Take 10 minutes to memorize
the key verses. Ask God to drive His purpose
deep within you,
in order that He might be glorified through
your life.
The intent of this second leg of our
journey has been to see past the chaos
and confusion of the world in order to
see God’s creative purpose.
You were created
by God to reflect
His glory!
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All Peoples for His Glory