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Summary: What is our identity in Christ.

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Sermon Study # 275 – WHO WE ARE…

Humor: The Reason Men Lie

One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a tree above a river, his ax fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "Why are you crying?" The woodcutter replied that his ax has fallen into water, and he needed the ax to make his living. The Lord went down into the water and reappeared with a golden ax. "Is this your ax?" the Lord asked. The woodcutter replied, "No." The Lord again went down and came up with a silver ax. "Is this your ax?" the Lord asked. Again, the woodcutter replied, "No." The Lord went down again and came up with an iron ax. "Is this your ax?" the Lord asked. The woodcutter replied, "Yes." The Lord was pleased with the man’s honesty and gave him all three axes to keep, and the woodcutter went home happy. Some time later the woodcutter was walking with his wife along the riverbank, and his wife fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked him, "Why are you crying?" "Oh Lord, my wife has fallen into the water!" The Lord went down into the water and came up with Jennifer Lopez. "Is this your wife?" the Lord asked. "Yes," cried the woodcutter. The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!" The woodcutter replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said ’no’ to Jennifer Lopez, You would have come up with someone as beautiful. Then if I also said ’no’ to her, You would have come up with my wife. Had I then said ’yes’, you would have given all three to me. Lord, I am a poor man, and I am not able to take care of all three wives, so THAT’S why I said ’yes’ to Jennifer Lopez." The moral of this story is for the ladies in the house: whenever a man lies, it’s always for a good and honorable reason, and for the benefit of others.

Review Sermon Study # 274 – WHO YOU ARE…

1. You are the salt

2. You are the light

3. You are the branches

4. You the body of Christ

5. You are chosen, royalty, holy, God’s possession, God’s people

MOVIE CLIP: --- “You Are Special” – briefly explain dots & stars… Eli, the master builder of wooden people

OUR IDENTITY --- WHO WE ARE…

We are God’s workmanship.

(Eph 2:10 NIV) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ill: Workmanship = Greek word (poieôma) – poem, work of art, masterpiece

Paraphrase: We are God’s poem, created with the word of God, to be the expression of His love, which we are destined for.

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19. - A basketball in Michael Jordan’s - hands is worth about $33 million. - It depends whose hands it’s in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6. - A baseball in Mark McGwire’s hands is worth $19 million. - It depends whose hands it’s in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands. - A tennis racket in Venus Williams’ - hands is a Championship Winning. - It depends whose hands it’s in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal. - A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea. - It depends whose hands it’s in.


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