Hudson View Baptist Church
God Did It…Not Me!
February 10, 2021

God Did It…Not Me!

February 10, 2021

 God Did It…Not Me!

Our new identity in Christ is easier to embrace when we realize it did not with us.

-Identity (ī-ˈden-tə-tē): the truth of who I am (including who I perceive myself to be) that alerts me to my personal value, directs my personal choices, and determines the direction of my worship.

-When we our identity in Christ, the shifting winds of change that inevitably happen won’t sink our ship.

-The Epistle (letter) the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Ephesus has particular focus upon a Christ-centered identity in a me-centric world.

-Eph. 2 helps us to know where we came from, Who us, and where we go from here.

*Discussion: What does it mean to be saved?

 

Two Foundational Identity Truths (Ephesians 2:1-10):

1. Apart from Christ, you are spiritually . (Ephesians 2:1-7).

-Because of sin and without Christ, we are:

A. Dead (1) – dead in trespasses and sins

B. Disobedient (2) – in time past ye walked according to the course of this world…children of disobedience

C. (3) – the children of wrath

-Because of Christ and with forgiveness, we are:

A. Spiritually Alive (4-5) – quickened us together with Christ

B. Spiritually (6-7) – made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus

 

2. When you accept Jesus as your Substitute, you now have . (2:8-10)

-Because God is the Source of our eternal life, that means:

A. There is No Earning (8) – it is the gift of God

B. There is No Boasting (9) – not of works, lest any man should boast

C. Matter (10) – we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works

 

Three Identity-Transforming Conclusions:

1. Our identity in Christ compels us to .

A. No one is beyond the reach of God’s amazing grace.

B. The grace that saved you is the grace that propels you.

2. Our identity in Christ encourages us to .

A. The object of your love determines the object of your worship.

B. Your identity in Christ opens the door for surpassing love for Christ.

-3 Ways to cultivate a surpassing love:

  1. Read the a lot
  2. Pray for and seek transformed thinking (Rom. 12:2)
  3. Choose to to truth with worship

3. Our identity in Christ inspires us to .

A. The Gospel of Christ compels us to serve Christ.

B. Our is to bring God glory with our works. (Gal. 5:22-23; Mt. 5:16)

 

*Adapted from Ephesians: Your Identity in Christ by Tony Merida

 

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