Gods Glory in Coffee Cups

As we wrap up this God's Glory in Our Story class, I pray it was an encouragement to those who attended and I pray those who attended would be an encouragement to others as they remember what we studies and talked about.

The outline for our last class was 

Personal - Coffee Cups
Biblical - Psalm 78:1 - 7
Historical - Two of J.C. Ryle's books Holiness and Practical Theology

Personal - Coffee Cups

Throughout the Bible, the people of God are given or create reminders of God's faithfulness and holiness.  A stack of stones, a meal, or a ritual.  When can do the same type of things.  I shared with the class a coffee cup reminder I have created in my office to show God's faithfulness to me since 1992.  

The eight mugs in the background represent some, not all, of the key places God has taken me in my life since I graduated from college.

  • Dominican Republic
  • Heritage Baptist Church
  • Baptist Bible College and Seminary
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church
  • Camp Patmos
  • OARBC 
  • Jamaica
  • InOnTime

Whatever coffee cups, life circumstances, you might have in the background, remember the quotes on the three mugs in the foreground.

  • "Preach the Gospel"
  • "Make Your Life Count, Make His Name Known"
  • "I will declare your steadfast love"
Biblical - Psalm 78:1—7

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Psalm 78:1–3.  Listen to God and listen to what your fathers have told you about God.

Psalm 78:4a.  Do not hide these things from your children.

Psalm 78:4b.  "But we will tell the generation to come the praises of the LordAnd His power and His wondrous works that He has done.

Psalm 78:5.  What does this verse mean when it says he has established a testimony?  I am reminded of how God begins the 10 Commandments.  They don't start with the commandments.  They start with a testimony of what God did.

Psalm 78:6. One of the reasons God did this is so that the next generations would know God and tell their children. 

Psalm 78:7 "so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God but keep his commandments;

Historical - Two J.C. Ryle's books  Holiness and Practical Theology

We closed out this class session and series with the importance of prayer.

One of the chapters in Ryle's Practical Theology is on Prayer

Prayer is the most important subject in practical theology.

Here are seven plain reasons Ryle uses such strong language about prayer

  1. Prayer is absolutely needful to a man’s salvation.
  2. The habit of prayer is one of the surest marks of a true Christian.
  3. There is no duty in religion so neglected as private prayer.
  4. Prayer is that act in religion to which there is the greatest encouragement.
  5. Diligence in prayer is the secret of eminent holiness.
  6. Neglect of prayer is one great cause of backsliding.
  7. Prayer is one of the best receipts for happiness and contentment.