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    7575 OK-199, Ardmore, OK 73401, USA
    Sunday 11:00 AM
The Church: A Specific People with a Purpose

What is the Church?
We looked at examples like....
The Sheep and He is the Shepherd
He is the Vine and we are the branches
Jesus is the Cornerstone, and we are living stones that are built on Him
Did you catch that?

Peter calls our attention to our IDENTITY as people. We are chosen, set apart, and made Holy for worship and relationship with him. He also proclaims that we are people with a very specific PURPOSE.

Believers have been united by faith in Jesusto be a new people, who point to Jesus as the perfect and eternal sacrifice for sinners like us.

For all who confess Jesus as the One who atones for their sins, they are joined to Him, connected to Him, and placed in Him. This is our Identity.

So as this set-apart people, the church, what is our purpose?

A Proclaiming People

The purpose of the church is to proclaim God’s excellencies in all that we say and do. We are a proclaiming people!!

We are to proclaim that God Is a Good King, He is a good Father who reigns and rules.

Through Jesus we have been saved and adopted as Sons and Daughters.

He brought us out of the darkness of our sin and rebellion, and into His own light and life.

Church, our job together is to proclaim the excellencies of God.

Does your life declare the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light?

Not just your Sunday life - Not just your home life - Not just when you are with other Christians.

Does all your life declare the Glory of Christ?

This is our calling and purpose as the church.

It is our joy and our privilege.
A New People

Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Mercy = when God does not give us what we deserve.

As the church, we were once a people under God’s wrath because of our sin and rejection of Christ.

But because of God’s grace, we have now received mercy and the forgiveness of sins in order to be a unique people, a people who worship God and declare His goodness to the Nations.
So when I think about proclaiming the excellencies of God its not hard when I remember. Its not a duty. It becomes a Joy.
Thankfulness

God calls us to an act of remembrance. An intentional remembering!

When was the last time you set back and remembered your Testimony?

When I think back over my life and I remember the goodness of God

What joy and freedom Christs brings.