Developing a Passion for the Beauty of God
The goal of our creation was not simply that we might be happy, but happy in appreciating God’s own glory. Not in reviewing our own accomplishments or in the enjoyment of our own sensual appetites. Not in the development of a healthy self-esteem or in the acquisition of a four-bedroom home with a three-car garage. We were made to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Nothing is more important than understanding this truth. This inspiring work helps us see that beauty has the power to convince the inquiring mind of truth. The soul’s contact with God’s beauty elicits love and forges in us a new affection that no earthly power can overcome. Enjoying God in the revelation of his beauty is the solution to our struggle with sin, the catalyst for substantive and lasting change and is the soul’s satisfaction, with which no rival pleasure can hope to compete.
So what is it about God that when known and seen and experienced empowers the human soul to feel sickened in the presence of sin and satisfied in the divine embrace? That word again: Beauty.
Apatheism affects not just those outside the church but those inside the church who can’t be bothered with their own religion let alone someone else’s.
“Sam Storms explains it in plain language for anyone who has not discovered this before. His inspiring words helps us see that the beauty of God has the power to convince the inquiring mind of truth and even to motivate us to forsake sin, because once we really know Him, no pleasure can compete. Sam Storms is right!” — John Piper
About the Author
In August of 1985 Sam accepted a call to serve as Senior Pastor of Christ Community in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He served that congregation for eight years. In 1993 Sam resigned in order to become President of Grace Training Center, the full-time bible school at Metro Christian Fellowship in Kansas City, Missouri, where Sam also served as Associate Pastor.
Although he never thought he would leave Kansas City, God had other plans. In August of 2000 Sam accepted the offer to become an associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. After four years on the faculty at Wheaton, Sam made the decision to resign in order that he might establish Enjoying God Ministries.
In 2008 Sam became Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sam is on the Board of Directors of both Desiring God and Bethlehem College & Seminary, and also serves as a member of the Council of The Gospel Coalition. Sam is serving as the 2017 President of the Evangelical Theological Society.
- A Christian Theory of Everything
- Confessions of a Christian Hedonist
- The Power of Beauty
- What Handel Saw
- Galactic Grandeur
- Microscopic Majesty
- Sweeter than all Pleasure
- Dazzled by the Divine
- Joy’s Eternal Increase