by Steve Wagers

Where Do We Fit In?
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Eph. 1:1-6; 2 Tim. 2:1-4; 1 Peter 4:10
April 6, 2005

1. We are Saints to God's Glory!
A. In Christ we have Significance!
B. In Christ we have Sufficiency!
C. In Christ we have Security!
2. We are Soldiers in God's Army!
A. The Soldier's Enlistment!
B. The Soldier's Entanglement!
C. The Soldier's Equipment!
3. We are Stewards for God's Family!
A. Our Precious Role!
B. Our Proper Response!
C. Our Priceless Reward!

1. On March 11, 1830, a 10-year old girl in England began her daily studies with her tutor. Her lesson for the day was upon the succession to the royal throne. As she studied the charts she realized for the first time that she was the next heir of the royal family to ascend to the throne. Young Victoria had figured out where she fit in.

2. At a meeting of the American Psychological Association, Jack Lipton, a psychologist at Union College, and R. Scott Builione, a graduate student at Columbia University, presented their findings on how members of the various sections of 11 major symphony orchestra perceived each other. The percussionists were viewed as insensitive, unintelligent, and hard-of-hearing, yet fun-loving. String players were seen as arrogant, stuffy, and unathletic. The orchestra members overwhelmingly chose "loud" as the primary adjective to describe the brass players. Woodwind players seemed to be held in the highest esteem, described as quiet and meticulous, though a bit egotistical. Interesting findings, to say the least!

3. With such widely divergent personalities and perceptions, how could an orchestra ever come together to make such wonderful music? The answer is simple: regardless of how those musicians view each other, they subordinate their feelings and biases to the leadership of the conductor. Under his guidance, they play beautiful music.

4. When it comes to the Christian life one of the first keys to success in is discovering where we fit it in ...

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