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Putting Away the Playpen (6 of 11)
Series: Why on Earth Am I Here?
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Well, I want to talk to you today about this subject: “Putting Away the Playpen.” Now I think we would all agree that there is nothing in life quite as wonderful, quite as cute and beautiful as a little baby. We all seem to love babies. We love them better when they're someone else's sometimes but we love them. That's why grandparents just love being grandparents because you love them and leave them. But we love little babies. And they are so wonderful.
Now we are in a journey called The Forty Days of Purpose. And we are looking at the purposes that God has for us and why God made us. And we talked, first of all, about the purpose of worship. That's your primary purpose – to know God and love God; to receive His love and love Him back. And then we talked last week about your secondary purpose, your number two purpose, and that is to love other people, to love, especially in the family of God. And you remember, Jesus said, when they asked Him what is the greatest commandment, He said, “To love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And the second is just similar to it – love your neighbor as yourself.” He said, “On those two things hang the whole law and the prophets,” on those two commandments. So that's the first one – love God. That's worship. And love your neighbor as yourself, and that's fellowship.
Today, we want to look at purpose number three for your life, and that purpose is to become like Christ. See, God created you and created me to become like His Son Jesus Christ. And that process is where God makes you like His Son Jesus Christ, that process is called discipleship, or a big word is sanctification. Sanctification, the setting apart, where God works on you and works on me after we're born into His family, works on us to make us like Christ. And the Bible says in Romans chapter 8 and verse 28, “From th ...
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