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Identity: Magnum Opus, 2/10/2019

Pastor Pete Hartwig

Sermon Notes

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.

Chair.

 

“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!