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Your new identity

  1. 1. Your New Identity “in Christ”
  3. 3. I. Our sense of identity and where it comes from
  4. 4. A. Others/culture- self- love based on social status, financial worth and accomplishment.
  5. 5. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
  6. 6. 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self- control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
  7. 7. 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—
  8. 8. B. Self- often exaggerated positively or negatively
  9. 9. C. God
  10. 10. C. God 1. I am a sinner
  11. 11. C. God 2. I am an new person “in Christ.” By his power, I can change.
  12. 12. C. God 3. I have value as His creation, in His image, redeemed by His grace, and given a divine purpose in life.
  13. 13. II. Why is understanding our (new) identity important
  14. 14. III. The right and wrong way to change your identity beliefs
  15. 15. Old Identity Beliefs Results New Identity Beliefs Results Powerless to change; I’m not perfect! Continue to sin and feel guilty; defeated Delivered from sin nature’s power Free from sin’s control Try to please people Trying to impress Fear of rejection Adopted as God Child You belong; you are accepted and loved Guilty; no release Defensiveness, guilt, bitterness, withdrawal, Forgiveness for sin thru Jesus’ Death Acceptance apart from performance Looking to work, wealth, family for significance & meaning Unhealthy comparison to others; Fear of criticism, failing to meet expectations Unique role in God’s purpose Significance; valued part of a family/team Wealth can be lost or lose value or be stolen Struggle to survive; fear death Promised an inheritance Security now and in the next life Vulnerable to temptation Oppression; fear; superstition Delivered from Satan’s authority Free from demonic control
  16. 16. How to Appropriate your new spiritual Identity “in Christ” •KNOW that your old self was crucified with Him. (6:6) •CONSIDER yourself dead to sin. (6:11) •PRESENT yourself to God, not to sin. (6:13)
  17. 17. IV. Mature believers will live by faith, • Acting on the truth of their identity in Christ • Jesus Christ is our standard and goal, • Not men
  18. 18. IV. Mature believers will live by faith, •B. Acting on the fact of their God-given abilities •All we have is because of God’s grace.
  19. 19. 2. What counts with God is faithfulness
  20. 20. Effectiveness is always a product of God’s activity, regardless of our methods or wisdom!
  21. 21. IV. Mature believers will live by faith, •Seeking to discover and correct weaknesses that can be corrected.