Summary: This series will focus on the image that God has of us and how we can spend a lifetime trying to make His image of us a reality in our life.
Painting God’s Masterpiece
I have titled this series “Painting God’s Masterpiece.” My older brother Barry preached a sermon titled “Re-painting Your Canvas” and the idea for this sermon series is based on his original sermon. The foundational Scriptures for this message are found in the books of Genesis and Ephesians. Genesis 2:7 says: “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (soul).” Ephesians 2:10 states: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Before I go into the heart of this message, I want to focus your minds on three things from these verses. These three things will follow us throughout this series and I want to you to be listening for them in the weeks to come. The first thing I want you to notice and remember is that God made man. With other things that He created, He spoke them into being, but with man, He fashioned us (made/formed) us with His hands. The second point is that God made us after His image – meaning that we have some of His qualities within us and that when people see us, they should see Him. The third point is that when God made us, we were considered to be His workmanship. Please note that the Greek work for “workmanship” has the connotation “work of art”. So when God created us, we became His work of art. Please keep these three points in your thoughts as continue through this series as we will be building upon and elaborating on these points.
As I was working on this message, I was reminded of the instructions God gave me when He told me to start this Church. He instructed me to establish a place, a Church, where people are taught to develop and have their own personal relationship with Him. I was not to start this Church and have each of you so focused on me that you only felt connected to God is I was your intermediary. I was to point you to God and give you whatever tools I had to help you achieve that goal of having a personal relationship with Him. When we started I had an idea of why this was important, but the fullness of this request is really starting to hit home. We (Christians) are in a battle for our identity and we are suffering from a real identity crisis. Not only do we not fully accept who we are, but our identity is being tested daily by the society that believes whatever the majority accepts and believes is what everyone should do. Christians are becoming more and more confused as to whom they are and it is because of the lack of relationship they have with their Father. We do not identify with Him and if we do not identify with Him we cannot operate in those things which He has given us. This message in its entirety will focus on our identity crisis – just in a different way than you might expect. To establish where we are going in this series, let me quickly give you an illustration that will explain the title of this series “Painting God’s Masterpiece.”