SERMON SERIES:

standing firm & loving well: purpose

02/25/2024

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We are steadily moving toward Easter and the moment of resurrection. It is our hope that the light of Christ is growing in your heart and life.  Our mission at St. Johns is for you to Connect with Christ, Church, and Community. If you have not started the Lent Study The Daniel Dilemma, there is still plenty of time. Join us in this study.  Our sermon series based on this study is Standing Firm and Loving Well. The world wants to steal our identity. Identity theft is a major concern in our world. There are 50,000 reported incidences of identity theft each year. This is almost 140 each day! This is not the only way the world can steal our identity! When Daniel and his friends were taken to Babylon their names were changed. It was an attempt rob them of being the children of God they were called to be.  Nothing has changed since the time of Daniel. Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10 (NIV))”. Jesus wants to share with us an abundant and eternal life, but the ruler of this world only wants to give us death! Our sermon is Purpose, based on Ephesians 2:1-10. When we live into God’s purpose for our lives, it is the path to find the presence of Christ and the abundant life that Jesus wants to share with us. In the process of living into our purpose, God confirms our identity as his very own children and the light of his love grows in our hearts. Who do you think you are? God has the answer and it is filled with beauty and power for your life. Our prayer is that you will sense this beauty and power as you read Ephesians 2:1-10.

 

Ephesians 2:1-10: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions– it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith– and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)