11 Feb Identity: Magnum Opus, 2/10/2019
Pastor Pete Hartwig
SLIDE: A Letter to the Ephesians
SLIDE: The Apostle Paul
SLIDE: Michael Ramsden Feb. 17
SLIDE: IDENTITY – “IN Christ”
SLIDE: Identity – magnum opus
SLIDE: Magnum Opus = a large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer.
Art is beautiful, valuable and is
Speaks of the artist.
You are THAT!
SLIDE: BIG SCREENS EPH. 2:1-10
SLIDE: Eph. 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork
You are God’s Magnum Opus.
You speak of your creator
SLIDE: handiwork = Poeima –
English for “Poem”
You are the “poem” (handiwork) of God!
HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?? “SAVED”
SLIDE: 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. Eph. 2:8-9.
SLIDE: Grace, Faith, Works, Gift
Works do not “save” us! – a GIFT
Grace – Define
“grace” – Greeks = a favor done by one Greek to a friend out of the pure generosity of his heart, and with no hope of reward.
– never and enemy.
Grace = unmerited favor:
God offers to “dead people” sinners –
Faith – Define –
Trust and confidence
knowledge and action.
“Not of yourselves”
give up our “goodness”
Grace – the gift of God.
SLIDE: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph. 2:10
GOD HAS WORKS PREPARED IN ADVNCE FOR US TO DO!!!!
WE are not saved by works! – That is a gift
BUT there are works prepared in advance for us to do!
SLIDE: FEET TO YOUR FAITH
SLIDE: BEN & JESS LEWIS (God story)
Your magnum opus –
serving one person who is broken.
Preaching to thousands
To show Christ to others.
Feeding the poor.
Making piles of money and giving to the work of God
YOU “WORK” BECAUSE YOU ARE IN CHRIST!