Pleasing God: How Important is Pleasing God? – Episode 1

Pleasing God: How Important is Pleasing God? – Episode 1

Pleasing God is supremely important. It’s the most beautiful and impressive honour we can have. This episode explores what the Bible has to say about this and draws from insights by Hugh Binning on why we should seek God’s glory above everything else.

In these episodes we take a long look at what it means to reform our lives according to God’s revealed will and why that is so important. As you explore further the issues we address you can use some questions provided to help delve into the meaning and application of key Bible passages. Further reading material drawn from a rich past heritage of spiritual wisdom will also help you to continue to think about the points raised.

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Bible Study Questions

Hebrews 11:1-6

1. Verse 1 gives a description of what faith is. Use your own words to name the following three things about faith. (a) Instead of things in the here-and-now, what does faith deal with? (b) Instead of things we see, what does faith deal with? (c) Instead of being airy-fairy, insubstantial, or doubtful, what is faith like?

2. According to verse 2, God’s people since long ago have been commended. Who gave them their good report, or commendation? What are they commended for? What does this mean for us, if we want God to be pleased with us and give us a good report?

3. Verse 3 tells us a bit about what God has done. (a) What do God’s works reveal about what God is like? (b) There is plenty of evidence and revelation about what God is like, both generally in

creation and specially in the Bible. Can people interpret the available evidence just using their own powers of reason, or do we need something else?

4. Verse 4 gives a historical example of faith in action. (a) What did Abel do by faith? (b) God accepted Abel’s offering and testified that he was pleased with it. Would Abel’s offering have been acceptable to God if Abel himself was not a person who God accepted? (c) What made Abel, and therefore the things he did, pleasing to God?

5. (a) Let’s assume that Cain wanted to please God, brought him the best he could lay his hands on, and sincerely thought his idea for an offering was a good one. Why was God nevertheless not pleased with Cain’s offering? (b) Unbelievers can sometimes do very impressive things as offerings to God, whether charitable work, using their gifts for music, etc. What does Cain show us about God’s view of the performance of the work compared to the principle that motivates what we do?

6. Verse 5 gives another example of faith in action. One of the very few things we know about Enoch is that ‘he walked with God’ for many years in his long life (see Genesis 5:21-24). What does it say about your relationship with someone when you are happy to keep walking a long distance with them? From this description of Enoch’s relationship with God, what can we conclude about (a) how pleasing Enoch was to God and (b) how pleasing God was to Enoch?

7. Faith characterised not only Enoch’s life but also the way he departed from this life to go to heaven. (a) What was unique about Enoch at the end of his life? (b) How does the same faith also characterise the experience of death for believers who die in the ordinary way? Think of verses such as Psalm 48:14, Psalm 56:13, etc. (c) Whatever way the end of our life comes, what testimony or commendation do we need to have beforehand?

8. Looking at verse 6, what makes it impossible to please God? If someone spends their life failing to please God, what are the consequences (a) for their life? (b) for after their death?

9. Still looking at verse 6, there are two things that we must believe if we are going to please God. (a) Believing that God is, doesn’t just mean believing that a God exists. It means believing in the one God who truly does exist. Who is this God? (b) What kind of reward(s) does he give? (c) Seeking him doesn’t just mean finding out facts about him. It means seeking himself personally until we find him. In what ways is the reward a good match with the seeking

Pleasing God: How Important is Pleasing God? – Episode 1

Pleasing God: An Introduction – Episode 0

Welcome to the Pleasing God series in the Reforming Yourself podcast from Reformation Scotland. In these episodes we take a long look at what it means to reform our lives according to God’s revealed will and why that is so important. As you explore further the issues we address you can use some questions provided to help delve into the meaning and application of key Bible passages. Further reading material drawn from a rich past heritage of spiritual wisdom will also help you to continue to think about the points raised.

We begin with an introduction that gives a little insight into just how important and far reaching the matter of pleasing God is. It focuses on Colossians 1:9-14 and reflects insights from James Fergusson on this passage.

But there are still more questions for us to ponder. What exactly is pleasing God and just how important is it? What do we need to please God and how do we find out what is acceptable to him? If we are putting God first then how do we relate to others? What does it mean for my life, my work, my family and my church and much more?

Please subscribe to the podcast to stay with the conversation and explore these questions with us.

Bible Study Questions

Colossians 1:9-14

  1. What do Paul’s prayers teach us about the kind of things we should ask God for, both in relation to ourselves and others?
  2. What does it mean to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will? How can we receive more of His revealed will? What is included in all kinds of wisdom and spiritual understanding (1:9) and how should we seek to have more of it?
  3. 1 Thessalonians 2:12 shows that walking worthy is the response to God’s grace not the way we enter God’s kingdom. How does Paul define in Colossians 1:10 what it means to walk in a manner worthy of what God has done for us if we are true believers?
  4. How does increasing in knowledge help to please God in everything? Where could you start in each area of your life in knowing and then doing what pleases God?
  5. What makes a good work good? How does this relate to pleasing God?
  6. What resources are available to help us to please God (Colossians 1:11). Why is it important to have a Christ-centred view of pleasing God (see Philippians 4:13)?
  7. Look at verses 13-14, we live in a dark world (John 1:5, Acts 26:18, Luke 1:79, 1 Thessalonians 5:5), how does this further underline the importance of pleasing God?
What is Personal Reformation?

What is Personal Reformation?

EPISODE 01

17 Sep, 2019
What is Personal Reformation?

There’s no shortage of people offering personal transformation and life-hacking. It’s all about the power of positive thinking, planning and self-belief. It’s breezy and simplistic, offering instant and effortless change with a few tweaks.

Personal reformation is entirely different. It is all about grace not self-help. It doesn’t masquerade as a quick fix in a few easy steps; it is extensive and lifelong. It is being transformed by the renewing of our mind and working out God’s perfect will in practice (Romans 12:2). It involves applying all that God requires to our hearts, lives and families.