Glorify Thy name

Glorify Thy Name

Our man Charlie challenges the way we see faith and worship in relation to our lives.

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Charlie Lamont

Charlie Lamont

The Rev'd Charlie is one of the co-founders of The Bridge. He's a young curate in the Church of England, married to Hannah with whom he lives in lovely Surrey. Charlie has a plan in life... to glorify God in all he does. He has a heart for young people to be caught by the Holy Spirit, and be guided into the Father's will. Along side this, he has a healthy love of fine ale. Read what he has to say!

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The Big Story #6: God's Church

The Big Story #6: God's Church

Rounding off our big Bible overview we look to the conclusion of the story and what we need to do to get there. God has chosen us to play a part in it, but how? What does it mean to be God's church?

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The Big Story #5: God's Son

The Big Story #5: God's Son

It all points to Him, everything that had come before, the promises, the prophecies, the people. Here we reach the climax of God's story in a person, God's son, Jesus Christ. We don't understand him until we see how he fits into what's come before.

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The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

Look around the world and we see kings, presidents, leaders who are very much flawed. Israel had a king - God, but they wanted a human king. We look at how that worked out for God's people.

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The Big Story #2: God's People

The Big Story #2: God's People

God's story is both cosmic in scope and intimate in care, we see that as he chose to fulfil his purposes in a family. But why did God choose Abraham and the people of Israel to be the ones who would be a blessing to the whole world?

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Glorify Thy Name

…And whatever the future brings, glorify thy name.

‘When life gets hard, Jesus holds you up’ and ‘God loves you’ are two phrases that I think rule Christianity today. I’m not going to say they are wrong. I am not going to speak against them. I do however want to challenge the way they're often used.

This line from the old hymn 'Father, Let Me Dedicate' expresses the duty that followers of Jesus have. The duty to glorify Him whatever happens. Life is one that openly wacks people in the face as we plod along the journey of life. We may hate school, or college or work. Things may be unfair in these environments: bullying or workload or annoying little people who never go away. Life seems to always be more difficult than one would expect it to be. Our sense of fulfilment is often placed in the hands of ‘our right’ to a long and happy life. The emphasis in this song, however, seems to lie in the last three words... "glorify thy name". As we skip and dodge the excitement that life throws at us, we have a duty of love and adoration, to lift the name of Christ to the highest place, giving Him glory.

"He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power."

Hebrews 1:3

Jesus came and radiated the glory of His Father, revealing the Father’s nature to humanity and bringing relationship between creatures and their creator.

The Gospel is just that. God provided humanity with a way back into relationship; and in His steps, actions and words, Jesus radiated this glory that the Father placed upon Christ’s name. In Jesus we saw God’s glory and He called humanity His friends.

No man can enter relationship with God without the initiation of the Father, through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. And it’s this Spirit which sustains believers.

The Spirit calls us to worship and bring Glory to the name of the saviour, whose power is the backbone of our Universe. This is the God that Christ was and is: the Sustainer of the Universe, upholding it with the Word of His power.

We know God through the man that Jesus was. He was the introducer and He shines forth with the glory of God.

This is the Almighty, whom we worship. Our duty as believers is to glorify this name above everything that swamps us. The happiness we expected from the life we hoped for is nothing compared to the joy that comes from a servant heart giving glory to Jesus’ powerful name, whatever the future may bring. Let’s spend today glorifying and sitting in awe of the mighty God whom we serve. May we become people that glorify Him first and let everything else sit under that command.

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