Who are you? Are you an adult, a parent, a child, a businessman or woman? There are many labels we wear in the world. We tend to identify ourselves by what we do. But God sees us as either dead in sin or alive in Christ. And why is this so important? Understanding that truth about our identity in Christ frees us to live as we truly are. * Can you develop an illness as a result of sin? * Can tattoos be supported Biblically? * Tom calls to talk about the his church leaders’ concern about teaching Biblical creation.
It’s a historic day in America. It’s a sad day. 13 years ago today the curtain was lifted and we witnessed the evil of men perpetrated against other men. I remember being on the air that day and a call from a lady who wondered what if it were her in one of the towers and she came to the Lord that day. Right now someone is being saved. Today is the day they hear the Gospel and become anchored to truth. * Chris calls to talk about his struggle with the assurance of his salvation. * I’ve been struggling with faith. I know you don’t conjure it up. Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” http://store.basicgospel.net/product/CDTF.html * I wanted to encourage Chris and let him know that his cigarette smoking has nothing to do with his salvation. I came to the realization that God didn’t want me to smoke and I simply had to give it over to God.
We want an answer to the question, “who are we”. We look for answers all over. But we really don’t have an identity until we come to Christ. Today we look at once aspect of our identity is we are in Christ and He is in us. What does that mean? Andrew shares the picture of the Russian Matryoshka dolls… each nested within another. * Andrew will be in Louisville Kentucky Sept. 20-21 http://graceheartland.org/ * I feel that people are trying to take away my identity. They alienate me and want nothing to do with me. What can I do? * Is our human spirit completely dead or just dead to God?
There’s a wonderful story in the book of Exodus 33:13-17 where Moses is shown the glory of God. “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways… The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'” What does it mean to be a child of God? It means that Jesus is in you. He’s with you 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. * I struggle with my witness at work. Jesus said, “If you deny me, I will deny you.” How does this apply to me under grace? * Can you explain Genesis 6:4 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” * What is the difference between the current Jews and Palestinians?
Who are we as people? Those of us who have come to life in Christ are now children of God. We’ve been born again into the family of God. Hebrews 2:10-11 speaks to what this means. “In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.” * Do we sin by ignoring someone? * Will we be raptured before the great tribulation? * In the movie “Noah” there were fallen angels that helped Noah build the ark. Is that Biblical? * I received a “good luck” pamphlet from a church. I’m concerned that many are handing out things like this.
We’re talking about identity this month. “Who are you?” That’s one of those questions we asked. And I think that’s because of the fall. Adam and Eve knew who they were, but when sin entered, their identity with God was severed. Now through faith in Jesus our identity is found in Him. We are children of God and joint heirs with Christ. * I have two brothers who are gay. How do I talk to them about the truth of God’s Word? * Can you explain Romans 7 concerning marriage and divorce? * Should we pattern our prayer for forgiveness after Psalm 51?
Jesus Christ has come to live in us. We are a new creation and that’s where we get our identity. We are a child of God. And once we understand that, we can ask the question, “what does it mean to be a child of God”? * When you get saved does Jesus forgive all your sins, or will there be judgment for that? * I’ve learned that the only unforgivable sin. But what about blasphemy? * What is the writer of Hebrews trying to tell us in 2:2,3 “For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation”? * I know we’re forgiven for sin, but what about the consequences of sin?