Putting The Relational Glory of God on Display

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The New Canaan Society exists to inspire a global connected network of men who are committed to friendship with Jesus and each other. At their 2013 Washington Weekend, Larry Crabb, psychologist, author, speaker, and the founder of NewWay Ministries, continues the theme of an earlier message about God's relational glory. 

If you would like to hear Dr. Crabb's first message, Reflections of God's Relational Glory, before completing this post, click here.

Dr. Crabb cited Bernard of Clairvaux to describe the four movements that Christians should go through as they grow in sanctification.
  1. I love me for my sake.
  2. I love God for my sake.
  3. I love God for God's sake.
  4. I love me for God's sake.

What are the little opportunities in your life to put God on display? Do you normally point to God's glory in these moments?
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In your own words, explain the righteous position of loving yourself for God's sake. Include how this helps you to love others.
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The Continual Cycle of Spiritual Formation includes five steps that reflect the broader story of Christ's redemption of our entire lives. Think about the way you experience this cycle as you answer the following questions.
  1. Brokenness
  2. Repentance
  3. Abandonment
  4. Confidence
  5. Release

Brokenness is not when you feel hurt, but when you cry to God from your heart. Dr. Crabb said "Until you hate your sin more than your pain, you are not broken." When is the last time you were truly broken?
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Repentance is the acknowledgment that we have been living for ourselves first. It is not saying you are sorry, but turning around. Did you repent from that last brokenness experience? How do you need to repent now?
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Abandonment is when we trust in the rope of God's love as we jump from the cliff of comfort and security. How do you need to take risk for God right now? What opportunities has God presented you that scare you?
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Confidence happens when we completely trust God and love the way He uses our life, even when it looks like a catastrophe to the world. When have you experienced this kind of deep trust in the Lord?
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Release is when God leaks out of you because your life is so reflective of Him. Dr. Crabb said this is when we get a glimpse of what it means to be fully alive. When have you felt like this, and what were you doing for the Lord at that time?
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Dr. Crabb's closing remark is a perfect conclusion here. “Become more fully alive, supernaturally committed to the well being of others at any cost to ourselves, loving ourselves and all that life brings us as a platform for putting him on display, and learning that over time maybe we actually could be giving up relational sin and living in relational holiness for the glory of God.”

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