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FBC E-Blast - December 11, 2017
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December 11, 2017

Discovering Our True Identity - I Corinthians 1

Many Christians are experiencing an identity crisis. They know they're saved, but they don't really know what to think about themselves. Let’s take a little test. Do you consider yourself a sinner saved by grace or a saint who occasionally sins? Both statements are true, but the first one dwells on your past identity, whereas the second focuses on the Lord's perception of you.


If you are a believer, God’s Word says that you are a saint (v. 2). But too many of us still see ourselves as the same old sinner, who's been forgiven and patched up and yet is basically unchanged inside. But the Lord says anyone in Christ "is a new creature; the old things passed away" (II Corinthians 5:17). That's what being born again is all about. We can never go back to the way we were.


The solution to this identity crisis is to change the way we think about ourselves. If we don't, we'll rely on how we feel, and Satan will bombard us with reminders of our failures and sins. He wants to keep us focused on being a sinner, because he knows that the recognition of our sainthood will lead us to live like saints. We’ll be motivated and empowered to obey God, and the Devil will lose his foothold in our lives.


Jesus didn't come just to save you from hell; He wants to live His life through you. In Christ, you have a new identity which has replaced your old one. If you will focus on who you are now, your actions will follow, and you’ll experience the enjoyment of a victorious Christian life.



Current Sermon Series
      For many, the most wonderful time of the year isn't so wonderful. A painful past or our own insecurities can overshadow the joy we’re supposed to be feeling during Christmas. What if this year could look different? It’s time to let God heal the Ghosts of Christmas Past. This series deals with painful issues like labels, offenses, and low self-esteem. This series will begin on December 3rd.


Last Week:
      This week's message was about overcoming shame, especially around the holidays. We are not what we did in the past, but we are who God says we are. If we are in Christ, we are His children, we are saved, we are victorious, we are forgiven.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We will close out this series by looking at Overcoming Labels




Upcoming Events


December 17 - Christmas Caroling following the Worship Service


December 19 - Dartball Game at our church. Be there by 7:15 PM


December 24 - Christmas Eve Services:
                  9:45 AM - Breakfast
                  11:00 AM - Worship Service followed by partaking of the Lord's Supper
                  5:00 PM - Christmas Eve Service with each Sunday School Class doing something special


January 6 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM




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