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Re-Focus

Genesis 1:26 ESV
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Genesis 1
One of the most important scriptures in our Bible
Therefore
God is actively seeking to conform us into his image
He proved it by seeking after Adam
2 Corinthians chapter 5 deals with our Heavenly dwelling
2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Chapter 5 gives us a change of perspective regarding our position in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
He is a new creation - A wonderful act of the Holy Spirit
God wants to live inside of us
If we could just understand this - We could get past 3 types of people that are in our churches
#1 People with memory loss
#2 Pew pleasers
#3 Entitlement Thinkers (Entitlement Theology)
We need thankful people
2 Corinthians 5:18 ESV
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
2 Corinthians
This new creation - This new life if from God
Who through Christ reconciled us to himself
Reconciliation: Restoration of friendly relationships and of peace where before there had been hostility and alienation.

Restoration of friendly relationships and of peace where before there had been hostility and alienation.

Romans 5:10 ESV
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
Gave us the ministry
Ministry = Service
Ministry of reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:19 ESV
that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians
Entrusting to us the message of reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
We are ambassadors for Christ
Re-Focus (You are ambassadors)
Sometimes working in ministry can be depressing
God making his appeal through us!!!
Pastor - Teacher
You must Re-Focus you are important!!!
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