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Dr Cijoy-Working in of salvation

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CMF 54th Annual Conference 2017

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Dr Cijoy-Working in of salvation

  1. 1. Working Image Courtesy: http://www.crossmap.com/blogs/are-you-working-out-your-salvation-2105
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  3. 3. WORKING IN OF SALVATION A New Identity
  4. 4. My Identity In Christ
  5. 5. • Seems like a philosophical question…but a coreSeems like a philosophical question…but a core issueissue • I live my life according to what I believe myselfI live my life according to what I believe myself to beto be • Closely related to our understanding of GodClosely related to our understanding of God
  6. 6. • Identity Vs role • Common answers in the world
  7. 7. Who am I?Legion, we are many Mark 5:9
  8. 8. Lies
  9. 9. Lie 1 I am what I do/have • I am … a student, nurse, engineer, doctor, rich, famous… • Have to achieve/have • Leads to disillusionment/despair/pride
  10. 10. I have plenty; that defines my life Luke 12:19 Self-confidence
  11. 11. …Your perception of time changes as you get older, because you see how brief everything is. You see how meaningless…life has no meaning. Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon. Woody Allen Actor, Director, TV personality Disillusionment
  12. 12. A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. Luke 12:15
  13. 13. Lie 2 I am what they say I am • Have to impress/be part of a group • Leads to hypocrisy and impression management • Opinion unreliable
  14. 14. What they say • Enemies praise – Herod - Acts 12:22 • Friends criticize – David – 1 Sam 30:6 • People change their opinion – ‘Hosanna’ to ‘Crucify’
  15. 15. • Do not do anything for others’ sake Matt 6:1,5,16 • Do not find your identity in what others think about you
  16. 16. Lie 3 I am what I feel I am • Have to prove to myself and others • I have to feel good always • Leads to inferiority or superiority complexes
  17. 17. What I feel Every time I accomplish something I feel like a special human being, but after a little while I feel mediocre and uninteresting again… My drive in life is from the terrible fear of being mediocre. I have to prove I’m somebody. Madonna
  18. 18. What I feel • Two extreme examples • Moses – I cannot…Who am I? –– Exodus 3:11 • Lucipher - I will … I am great – Isa 14:13-15
  19. 19. Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone. C. S. Lewis
  20. 20. What I feel • Rom 12:3 – sober judgment
  21. 21. The World Says: I am… Lie What I have/do What others say What I feel Related Struggles Have to have Have to impress Have to prove Resultant Problems Self-confidence Disillusionment Hypocrisy People-pleasing Diffidence Pride Biblical Answer Life is not what you have Luke 12:15 Do not do anything for impressing others Matt 6:1,5,16 Have right judgment of yourself Romans 12:3
  22. 22. True and the false self • False self – what I am by the fall – Christ came to destroy • True self – what I am by creation and by calling – Christ came to redeem
  23. 23. False Self/Identity • Alienation from God (broken relationship) causes alienation from the nature, from others and from myself • The cause of our false identity is this alienation from God
  24. 24. Without • Christ • Citizenship • Promise • Hope • God
  25. 25. My New Identity • God formed me • Sin deformed me • Christ transforms me • New creation 2 Cori 5:17
  26. 26. Truth
  27. 27. Truth 1 I am created and redeemed • God’s masterpiece; workmanship; poema Ephe 2:10 • I am not my own – God’s rag doll • I do not have to save myself or others; I have a saviour
  28. 28. The Voice and Wisdom of this World Almost every religion talks about a savior coming. When you look in the mirror in the morning, you’re looking at the savior. Nobody else is going to save you but yourself. Ted Turner, CNN
  29. 29. I am created and redeemed
  30. 30. I am loved and accepted Rom 8:15 Truth 2
  31. 31. I am loved and accepted • I am His child John 1:12 • No need to buy acceptance or love • Free to live from this identity and not for it
  32. 32. I am loved and acceptedI am loved and accepted • He could resist temptation Matt 3:17He could resist temptation Matt 3:17 Accepted even before His ministry MattAccepted even before His ministry Matt 4:44:4 • He could be humble John 13:3He could be humble John 13:3
  33. 33. I am loved and accepted • The disciple whom Jesus loved John 13:23 • Relational identity – who am I to whose am I
  34. 34. Truth 3 I am called and equipped • I do not have to run my life by myself and for myself
  35. 35. I am called and equipped He does not call the qualified; but He qualifies the called Col 1:29
  36. 36. I am called and equipped • My part is letting go because I know the catcher 2 Tim 1:12 • It is His duty to catch me
  37. 37. The Word says: I am… Truth Created and Redeemed Loved and Accepted Called and Equipped My Identity God’s poem God’s child God’s elect My Name Masterpiece Ephe 2:10 Beloved John 1:12 Called Phil 3:14 My Freedom I do not have to save myself Matt 16:25 I do not have to buy love/acceptance Matt 3:17 I do not have to strive with my strength Col 1:29

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