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REfocus Your Focus: From Moses to the Cross

I had a good time with the Downtown Church of Christ in Searcy yesterday morning.

Have you ever felt as if God has placed a call on your life you simply don’t have the ability to fulfill?

Moses felt that way, but what he learned over time is that fulfilling God’s call on his life wasn’t about his ability – it was about his availability. God is the hero of the Exodus story, and He’s the hero of your story too. Want evidence? Look to the cross.

Don’t ask, “Am I able?” Instead ask, “Am I available?”

You can access this sermon and PowerPoint here:

  • Audio:¬†Wes Woodell – RE:Focus Your Focus (32:00)
  • PowerPoint:¬†Scripture Slides
  • In addition to preaching at Downtown yesterday morning, I also had a great time with the College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado, AR, yesterday evening.

    It was a whirlwind of a day, but a good one.

    Fellowship with other believers who believe in and support our mission in San Francisco is always a wonderful thing. ūüôā

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    What does it mean to have a Christ-centered identity?

    Who am I?

    A small question with profound implications.

    Did you know sociologists have discovered that how a person chooses to answer that question will define how they think and behave in almost every situation in their lives?

    It’s a scientifically proven fact, and as a result,¬†your answer to the question “Who am I?” is a very, very important one.

    I personally believe that, for you and everyone else,¬†the answer to the¬†question “Who am I?” should be firmly rooted in who Jesus Christ was and is. If it’s not, then there’s a problem.

    Today I walked the Lake Merced Church through a lesson on living a Jesus-centered life that I’ve been mulling over for a while, and would love for you to listen to it too.

    Lesson based on Philippians 3.

    Here are a couple of diagrams I made (included in the PowerPoint) to illustrate the difference between a self-centered life and a Jesus-centered life as I see it.

    It’s important to point out that this all¬†STARTS with someone choosing who they’re going to be at their core – what their identity is:

     

     

    This first slide is a picture of a typical person’s life. You can substitute other things for the word ‘self’ –¬†career, pleasure, lust,¬†consuming want of a romantic¬†relationship,¬†fame, money, etc., but all of those¬†ultimately¬†lead back to the same thing – self centeredness.

    Some people may not be completely self-centered. Their life may be centered around something else – it may not even necessarily be a bad thing (like family or kids), but if Jesus isn’t involved then there’s a problem.

    As you can see from the diagram,¬†choosing (and ultimately your core-idenitity is your choice) to¬†have a¬†self-centered identity¬†affects every aspect of a person’s life, from their worldview, to their priorities, to their way of life, and all of these things feed into one another.

     

     

    The second¬†slide is a picture of someone who’s chosen to center their life¬†around Jesus – a picture of a disciple.

    As you can see, with their identity rooted in Christ, every aspect is affected.

    The apostle Paul is a great example of a guy whose life was depicted by slide #1 until he had his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus Road Рafter that happened, he experienced a total identity shift (what we call a conversion or being born again), and he moved to slide #2!

    I go into this in more detail in the lesson. If that sounds interesting to you, give it a listen.

    If you like listening to preaching and would like to hear more, visit the sermons page¬†of this blog (yes, I know it’s badly in need of an update – I’ll do it when I do it!).

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