by Patrick Edwards

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The Church in Christ (5 of 44)
Series: The Church at Ephusus: God's Calling, Empowering, and Instruction for the Church
Patrick Edwards
Ephesians 1:1-2


[Begin with clip of young boy who is devastated upon learning that his favorite football player has been traded to another team]. Just to give you some context to what you just saw, Steve Smith was a famous wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers who a couple of years ago was released by the team. This mean father, in turn, sought to exploit the fragile emotions of his son by recording his son's reaction to the news. Now why I chose to begin our study this morning with this clip was not just to entertain you, but to make a point. I mean, why is it that young little Gavin is so devastated by news of Steve Smith's release? Well it's because he so loved Steve Smith, so rooted for this one player that at the notion of no longer having Steve Smith in his life, his entire world is shattered. Simply put, young little Gavin has so identified himself with this one football player that cannot fathom what to do now that Steve Smith is gone.

Now, of course, we can all have a few good chuckles at poor little Gavin's expense, but my argument for you this morning would be that we're really no different from this boy. All human beings are in a search for identity, something to find our purpose in, something that defines us. There was another clip I was considering playing this morning but I thought playing it might result in a heart attack for some of you and likely my dismissal, so I refrained. But a few years back there was a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler called ''Anger Management,'' and in the movie Jack Nicholson played Sandler's therapist. One of the first scenes of the two men involves Nicholson asking Sandler, ''Tell us who you are.'' Sandler responds with things such as what he does for a living, or what his personality is like, but Nicholson rebuffs him saying, ''We're not askin ...

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