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Living to Please God

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In Christ we can live to please God.

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Prayer
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I. The petition is that we be enabled live pleasing to God.

that you may do His will - purpose clause
His will - that which is pleasing in His sight.
Remaining faithful not just about doctrine but practice. (; )
Hebrews 12:28 ESV
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
Colossians 1:9–12 ESV
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Hebrews 13:16 ESV
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

II. It is by God’s power that we can live pleasing to Him.

Prayer addressed to God “who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus.”
Same resurrection power can enable us to do God’s will.
equip - to make someone completely adequate or sufficient for some task.
The assumption is that only as God provides the community with every good grace will they be enabled to do his will.
2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

III. It is through Christ that we are enabled to live pleasing to God.

“working” - present active participle (accomplish, perform)
Philippians 2:12–13 ESV
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

III. It is through Christ that we are enabled to live pleasing to God.

“through Jesus Christ” (V 21)
Philippians 1:11 ESV
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
In verse 20 the writer wants to stress two ideas without completely harmonizing them:
(1) through His blood the exalted Jesus once for all accomplished the atonement of the people of God and established an eternal covenant; and
(2) after His resurrection Christ became the shepherd/leader of the new covenant community. Christians belong to the fold of the great Shepherd because they have been bonded to Him by the eternal covenant.

IV. It is for God’s glory that we live pleasing to Him.

In Christ we are reconciled to God and given His Spirit. In Christ we

IV. It is for God’s glory that we live pleasing to Him.

God’s glory - that He might be praised and honored.
Matthew 5:16 ESV
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Philippians 1:11 ESV
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
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God’s glory is our good.

Big Idea: In Christ we can live to please God.

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Study Guide
How is this text a fitting conclusion to the message of Hebrews?
If Christians still sin, is it still possible for us to live a life that pleases God? Why or why not? If Christians sin and can still live a life pleasing to God, can an unbeliever live a life that pleases God? Why or why not?
Why does the author of Hebrews mention the resurrection of Christ in verse 20? What does that have to do with living to please God? How does that make you feel? How does this impact the way we view our own inadequacies?
Read . Is it the believer who is to work? Or, is it God who is at work? What makes the believer’s work possible and effective? How does this help us interpret ?
We are told that Christ is the great shepherd of the sheep and that the eternal covenant was sealed by His blood. How are these things relevant to Christians who want to live pleasing to God?
If we live to please God for HIs glory, does that mean we are not concerned with our own good? Explain.
Is living to please God a matter of effort or faith? Explain? How can you apply this message to your life in a practical way?
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