Having the Life You've Always Wanted (3 of 6) by M. Kenneth Lyon

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Having the Life You've Always Wanted (3 of 6)
M. Kenneth Lyon
Ephesians 2:1-10
October 4, 1998

You'll recall we're in the midst of a series called "Having the Life You've Always Wanted," that has to do with the four foundational life searches of individuality, community, meaning, and hope. And we've been looking theologically, scripturally, at God's intention for our lives as human beings in this earthly pilgrimage.[tape distortion]... for all of creation and in particular for your creation and my creation. God has something in store. God wants to accomplish certain qualities in our lives and for us to have an ultimate destiny of blessing and goodness. We look to that God's purpose is revealed through God's law, that is it contrasts the ideal of God with the real of our lives and that judgment may be part of God's plan to help us recognize where we are in life and how far short we fall, especially when we cross the line with the intention not of punishment as much as it is to move us back, to cause us to recognize that we need something beyond ourselves to live the life we've always wanted. Last week we started undertaking and understanding the major block in our lives that hinders us from attaining that kind of life.

Today we pick up on the theme by raising the question of "What's the big deal about sin?" I mean really. There are certain things that almost all of us would agree are wrong. Murder, abusing a child. I mean those are heavy-duty, big things. We could say, "Yeah, that's a sin. Yeah. We ought to stay away from that. Shouldn't mess with that. That's bad stuff." But when we look at our lives, we can pretty much, I hope say, " Well, I've stayed away from those heavy-duty kinds of things. You know I'm not such a bad person. When I compare myself with old so-and-so over there, I come out pretty good. I don't do the things they do. Well, maybe occasionally I think a little more highly of myself that I ought to. What's the big deal? Well, maybe oc ...


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