Believe Series – Session 5 Identity in Christ

Believe series

Session 5

Identity

Who am I?

18th February 2018

With Peter Veysie

John 1 : 1 -13

Song Ryno Grobelaar

Who Am I

Casting Crowns

Who am I, that the lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the bright and morning star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?

Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And you’ve told me who I am
I am yours

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?

Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And you’ve told me who I am
I am yours

Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And you’ve told me who I am
I am yours

I am yours
I am yours
Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear?
‘Cause I am yours
I am yours

 

Introduction

I am yours ….

Key Idea: I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God.

John 1: 1 – 13

How we identify ourselves is so important as we begin our time together today.

What do you say when you meet someone – My name is… I am from… I work for… retired… I love…

 

  1. It all starts with a new birth. John 1: 1 -13.

So many people wrestle with the concept of being born  again and usually it is asked in an accusatory way filled with a loaded question from the one asking it. When Jesus meets with Nicodemus a Pharisee in the early hours of the night (John 3:1-21) Last week I spoke about digging deeper with a Spade and finding out what the context is in this scripture.

See the kingdom of God – born again – moving beyond our religiosity to really seeing what God is doing around us.

Bono Quote: “Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing. Find out what God’s doing. It’s already blessed.”

New birth is beginning to see God’s kingdom around us and how we are actively enagaged in transformation for the sake of the Gospel – Good News that’s what we learned last week.

The second thing that the Lord identifies in Nicodemus is light leading us to all truth.

New birth gives us identity as one who is born from above and we therefore can resonate with the words of 1 Peter 1:3,4 – new birth into a living hope and an inheritance.

  1. New Creation

Therefore if anyone is in Christ they are a new creation – the old is gone and the new has come.

We are washed, sanctified and justified 1 Cor 6:11 – Fancy words for – cleaned up, made more spiritual and no longer under the judgment of death but free to live here on earth now.

  1. New Identity

1 John 3: 1 – What is your name – A child of God – that is what you are!

Adoption into sonship – Galatians 4: 5 – The rights as male and females of a first born son.

Jesus is also the first-born of his heavenly Father. He is the first-born of all creation, not in the sense that he himself is a created being, but rather that as God’s Son he was his agent in creation and hence has authority over all created things (Col. 1:15-17). Similarly, he is the first-born in the new creation by being raised first from the dead, and is thus Lord over the church (Col. 1:18; Rev. 1:5). He is thus the first-born in a whole family of children of God who are destined to bear his image (Rom. 8:29). There may be an echo of Ps. 89:27 in Heb. 1:6, where God’s Son is the object of worship by the angels at his coming into the world (whether the incarnation, resurrection or second advent is meant is debatable). Finally, God’s people, both living and dead, can be described as the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, since they share the privileges of the Son (Heb. 12:23).

  1. A new family

Consequently you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household Eph 2:8,9

Home is where your heart is and it’s important to ensure your heart is good where you and so God invites us into a bigger family and our identity becomes part of something bigger than ourselves.

Romans 12:4,5 One body – each belongs to all the others. Belonging

Care – we belong to those who care for us and we care for.

WE ARE A CHILD OF GOD.

WHO AM I ?

Where do I find my identity  in new birth, creation

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