What do I mean by beauty? I mean a person’s being made in the image of God, shining through in different ways at different ages.
God is the source of all good, and God’s goodness is for everyone to see, despite the many adversities and evils that we might witness.
It is very important that we mustn’t get angry when time becomes an enemy or when we go through troubles and sufferings. It is in those times that we need to sit still and look to God for guidance.
Be Thou My Vision is not only a Hymn of Glory, but it is a hymn that reminds the person singing it the purpose of worship, and who we are worshipping as Christians.
While people like Martin Luther and John Calvin were important people, we must never forget that it was God’s own will that brought us out of darkness into light.
If we use anything outside of the Scriptural bounds set forth for worship, we’ll have to continue to do so in order to keep the congregation. In other words, they won’t stand for worship within the biblical parameters set forth by God.
That is why the Reformation was full of committed pastors and theologians who proclaimed that the salvation of the elect was soli Deo gloria: to the glory of God alone.
The purpose of sola gratia was to draw the attention away from ourselves, and to realize that it was only through God’s sovereign grace that anyone can be saved.
We now have the ability to receive new information in a matter of seconds all at our fingertips. While the printing press was an awesome invention, it comes nowhere near the mere potentials of technology.