Summary: Only through Christ is our destiny changed from "death" to "life."
Destined for Life! in Christ
I don’t know if you’ve given much thought to your future, if you have ever tried to influence and guide what your life will look like
Ben is visiting Princeton this week. . . to discover where he will get a higher education and compete in swimming contests
Homeschool Mom’s and Dad’s are doing their best to give their children a leg up in the world through thorough, creative, God-honoring, and committed teaching—
Many of us are busy trying to wade through political issues to be a more informed voter—and possibly affect the daily aspects of our lives through policy
all in an effort to shape our life in the way we want it lived out.
Do we really have control of our lives? Some people think we can/are: look at self help books, Tom Cruise and the Scientology philosophy
refer to SONG: “we’re on a road to nowhere”—The Talking Heads
no ez answer: yes and no
In reality, there are things we can do, but things we don’t want can be done to us.
And yet, the Bible speaks each person having one of two destinies
2 : a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency (online dictionary reference. accidentally deleted reference)
I like to be in charge of where I am going—But do I have a choice?
TEXT: Ephesians 2:1-3
The Destiny of the world family, left to our own devices, is bleak: DEATH
a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency
What are the characteristics of this destiny?
• DONE DEAL—beyond our control—where all humanity is headed
“you were dead” and v. 3 “All of us lived” (Idea for graphics: night of living dead, Before/After shots—to be humorous, Frankenstein: “He’s Alive!!” (but is he really? that may be what others think “i am alive, but are they really)
• TRAPPED in SIN
How do you feel about the devil or “sin?” The Bible accepts these as true. You may or may not agree, and yet most can “see sin” somewhere in the world
We put ourselves in categories: Unmentionable/horrific, really bad, bade dude,
Often don’t identify with the "more bad" categories.
Am offended in the least, shocked and angry/turned off, defensive if someone suggests the "I am bad enough to deserve hell." I am not that bad
At what level do we become ’really bad?’ do deserve it
how do we know the cut off point. is it different for different cultures. Is this something we should just "wing" or should we see what God has to say about it?
Some people we put in the good category are turning out not so good:
• Republican Congressmen Mark Foley (disgraced for porn sex with underage page).
• Pastor—sometimes our pastor or one we respect disappoints us.
• Dad/Mom. even they disappoint us at times.
Admit: Many of us in our quieter moments know our sin, despite our protestations and masks. we like to think of evil as large scale and "out there" (war, poverty, crime, serial killers, pedophiles) AND IT IS, but when we look close to home, in our homes, in ourselves, we see that we, too are contributors to the world of sin. We are willing and unwilling participants.