What are you? Who are you? Maybe it is time for a little introspection

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How do you identify yourself? By what you do or who you know? By relationships?

All these things can change. Who are you... really?

Let's take a look inside

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What are you? Who are you? Maybe it is time for a little introspection

  1. 1. What Are You?
  2. 2. Different Responses
  3. 3. Defining “self” • Not accomplished by saying what you do • Nor is it done by naming your relationships • Jobs and relationships can “change” – but WHAT you are (or WHO you are) should not change so easily.
  4. 4. Looking Inside • Can be painful • Encouraged by scripture • 2 Corinthians 13:5
  5. 5. The Christian • Needs to know WHAT he is • While he is a child of God (relationship) – being a Christian is so much more • The Christian is a transformed individual who is NO longer what he used to be • A Christian is a NEW CREATURE
  6. 6. A Christian • Not altogether defined by “what he does” • However, there are certain things that Christians do • Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them
  7. 7. If you are a Christian • What really defines you? • What makes you what you are – IN Christ?
  8. 8. A New Creature • 2 Corinthians 5:17 Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new
  9. 9. To BE a Christian • The old man of sin has to die –Romans 6:11-12 • You have to be transformed • You must learn to deny self –Matthew 16:24
  10. 10. 1 John 3:3-6 3. And every one that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4. Every one that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5. And ye know that he was manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin. 6. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knoweth him
  11. 11. Romans 1:14-16 14. I am debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you also that are in Rome. 16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
  12. 12. Paul became a DEBTOR vs. 14. I am debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish • Paul’s debt was first and foremost to God • 1 Timothy 1:15-17 • And yet, Paul considered himself to be in debt to ALL men
  13. 13. Paul was READY vs. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you also that are in Rome • What are you? A gospel preacher?
  14. 14. Ready – to what degree • “as much as in me is” • 2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls
  15. 15. Paul was BOLD vs. 16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” • Paul prayed for boldness • Ephesians 6:17-20
  16. 16. What are you, Paul? • A prisoner? (sometimes) • A preacher (always) • Bold? • Paul was NOT ashamed to preach the gospel – for it is the power of God to save those who believe
  17. 17. What are you? For Christ • What have you become? • Are you a new creature – transformed in spirit – obedient, selfless • Do you feel the debt you owe? • Are you ready to preach to others? • Are you BOLD?
  18. 18. Are You Ready • To become a Christian? • HEAR • BELIEVE • REPENT • CONFESS • BE BAPTIZED

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