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Ps Clinton Phillips 30th Augusst 2015 (Genesis 2:7, 1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 1:9-12)

Clinton Phillips, August 30, 2015
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Breath!
Genesis 2:7 - three questions.
- What's the purpose of your life?
- Why do you have breath?
- Why were you created?
God is one of the people you need to consider when you answer those questions.
Genesis 2:7 - formed them out of the ground, but then breathes the breath of life into man's nostrils. I'm a living person! You have been formed by God - you have His breath, the breath of God. This seaon, winter's been hard, spring is about to come. Sometimes we need to hear something beyond what we're currently in.
1 Peter 2:9 you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. You are God's very own posession! God is possessive about you - he sees you as something of value to Him! He anoints us to be priests. As a result you can show others the goodness of God. The blood of Jesus makes that cross that bridges the gap between him and us.
Maybe we don't feel it, but God calls you and I to be His royal priesthood. The Message: God's instruments to His work, to tell others of his "night and day" difference he made for you. Speak out - declare what He's done for you.
Eph 1: 9-12. God has revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfil his own good pleasure. This is His plan: at the right time, He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ...chosen in advance... He makes everything work out according to His plan.
God worked out His plan in this building 25 years ago, He's given us this building to steward. Hold on - God's purpose was that we bring praise and glory to God. Everything we've done in the last 2 years isn't for us to say "how cool are we?" Everything we've done, every meal served, every bit of rubbish picked up was so we bring glory to God. When we bow and surrender myself to God, bring praise and glory to God. How does the community praise God? God changes lives! Story Love Langford - husband has a job, but only because of Jesus.
vs 12-14 And now, you gentiles, you have heard the truth ... and God has saved you ... so that we can praise our glorious God.
What has God called us to do in Langford? Last week, 18,000 people live within 2km of this building. Schools, street cleanup, elevate, easter, christmas, love langford. Sunday service, connect, young adults, youth, new believers... only 1 night a week this building isn't used.
Testimony - Shane healed. Just one story of many.
Schools ministry. We have the program to run in schools - teens. We don't have the people to be able to do that.
Christmas spectacular.
Shed - build a men's shed program, share life, talk about stuff.
Love langford, start make contact, people then starting to contribute. Enable our community to be something so amazing that people will take note of what is happening here, so that they glorify God for what they're doing.
So 25 years from now, this place will still be standing. We want to live beyond - our breath is to declare God's glory.
Psalm 150

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Genesis 2:7

then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (ESV)

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (ESV)

Ephesians 1:9-12

making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (ESV)

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