Glory to God Alone – Soli Deo Gloria

In recognition of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the theme for EAST Chapel Service this semester is the “Five Solas.” At a recent Chapel, Dr Raymond Song, an EAST Resident Faculty, spoke on “Glory to God Alone.”

He illustrated the need for believers, churches, and Christian organizations to do all things only for God’s glory through the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, a believer and German composer and musician of the Baroque period (1600-1750 AD). A particularly famous and moving piece is the “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Johann would pen J.J. at the beginning of each piece he composed and S.D.G. at the end. J.J. stands for “Jesus Juva” in Latin which means “Jesus Help Me.” S.D.G. is “Soli Deo Gloria” or “For the Glory of God Alone.”

May we be challenged to humbly and consistently do all for His glory only.

For additional reading, here is a supplementary article by Rev Dr John Piper on The Reformation and the Glory of God from 9Marks.


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