In this sermon, our guest preacher, the Reverend Jim Byrne, explains that we were put on this earth for a reason. We are saved for a purpose. Here are some excerpts:

The Big Picture

…Remember the big picture. Jesus Christ has saved you in a world that is going to hell. He’s pulled you out, but he’s pulled you out for a reason. There is a reason and we live our lives almost by default rather than by design. We go through our day, not thinking that God has a plan, but just going through things. What’s next? What’s next? And we sort of default into things.

I have three main points:

  1. We’re saved by grace not by works, which most people know but it’s important to know.
  2. We’re saved for good works, not by good works. Notice the difference.
  3. We’re saved for action, saved for a purpose.

Saved for a Purpose

There was this beach… and there were thousands of starfish that got washed up on the beach and then the tide went out. The starfish were just all over the beach and they were going to dry up and die. A little boy saw this and said,“Mommy, the starfish are going to die.” So he started picking up the starfish and throwing back into the water…

…An older man came up to the boy and said, “Hey kid, there are thousands of starfish here. That’s not going to make a difference. As the boy picked up a starfish and threw it back it into thewater, he said, “’Made a difference to that one.” He picked up another one, threw it back into thewater and said, “’Made a difference to that one.” He continued, “’Made a difference to that one, ’Made a difference to that one, ’Made a difference to that one.” Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you will not make a difference.

Every interaction the Congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church has in between Sundays is the salt and light of Jesus Christ, going out in this community, communicating the love of Jesus Christ with power and grace…

August 12, 2018

Ephesians 2:8-10

Rev. Jim Byrne

Download Transcript (PDF)