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Watson on the Chief End of Man - by Michael Phillips
The Chief End of Man - Part 1 of 4
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Psalm 29:2
May 22, 2002 pm - Tonight, with the Lord's help, we'll start a new Puritan study. It's called Thomas Watson on glorifying and enjoying God. I hope the words ring a bell with you. They're not in the Bible, but they are a fine summary of what the Bible teaches. They're taken from Westminster Shorter Catechism, which begins, "What is the chief end of man?" "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever". Before we get to the Puritan, let me briefly explain two terms he doesn't deal with. They are "chief end" and "man". A "chief end" means your number one goal. It's good to have goals. But the goals have to be put in order. You have to distinguish between the more important goals and the ones that are less important. A man wants to make a living for his family and also to lower his golf score. Both are good and take plenty of work. But which one is more important? Is it better to make a living with an 18 handicap or to golf better while your family goes on welfare? Plainly, making a living is a higher goal than improving your golf game. But what's the highest goal of all? It's glorifying God. It is more important than your career, your schooling, your hobbies, your health or anything else. ... More >>>

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