In answering the question ‘Who are you?’On week one we said you are not what you do, you are not determined by your upbringing or experiences and you are not defined by your relationshipsWhat is left?!
Humanity was created to experience acceptance, security and purpose, but the Bible says we rebelled against God, chose to do our own thing and as a consequence experienced rejection, fear and a loss of meaningful directionWho you are … your identity is PRIMARILY as a child of GodIts not about what you do, or your achievements and performance, God does not reject you based on these things becauseIn Christ you are ACCEPTEDIt’s not about what has happened to you … your past can and does shape you, but it does not define you or dictate your future, you do not need to be in fear about the future becauseIn Christ you are SECUREIt’s not about your relationships, roles or responsibilities, these are not the things that ultimately give life purpose because3) In Christ you are SIGNIFICANT
But you may not feel like it. So let’s see some of the things the Bible says about significance
Once you are free, then you are released to love and serve
This is who you are, and who we are together
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Where do you get your identity from?Jesus First If you look like a sack of Who offal, you’re going toFor God’s glory … spend many of your… His pleasure … formative years alone –… and our joy. but you will have Are space, space you can use to discover and“God is most glorified in hone your skills, learn a language, practice theus when we are most You? oboe, do whatever yousatisfied in him.” fancy so long as it John Piper doesn’t involve snogging anyone.
Jesus First [5/9] - 7th October 2012 ‘It’s not your relationships, roles and responsibilities’
You are …A person … a human beingA child of God … a follower of Jesus
You are a child of GodIn Christ you are acceptedIn Christ you are secureIn Christ you are significant
2 Corinthians 5: 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a newcreation. The old has passed away; behold, thenew has come.
You are significant1. You are the salt of the earth. [Matt 5: 13]2. You are the light of the world. [Matt 5: 14]3. You are part of the true vine, a channel (branch)of Christ’s life. [John 15: 1 & 5]4. You are chosen and appointed by Jesus to bearhis fruit. [John 15: 16]5. You are reconciled to God and are a minister ofreconciliation. [2 Corinthians 5: 18 & 19]
You are significant6. You are a son of God. [Gal 3: 26]7. You are one with Christ. [Gal 3: 28]8. You are God’s workmanship created in Christ todo his work that He planned beforehand. [Eph 2:10]9. You are a citizen of heaven, and seated inheaven right now. [Phil 3: 30 & Eph 2: 6]10. You are one of God’s living stones and are beingbuilt up (in Christ) as a spiritual house. [1 Pet 2: 5]
How do you know ?You are accepted ?You don’t ‘take offence’ or judge othersYou are free from ‘people pleasing’You are secure ?You have received forgivenessYou are free to forgive othersYou are significant ?You are complete without the need for others
1 Peter 2: 9-10But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,a holy nation, God’s special possession, that youmay declare the praises of him who called youout of darkness into his wonderful light.10 Once you were not a people, but now you arethe people of God; once you had not receivedmercy, but now you have received mercy.