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January 7, 2019

Our True Identity - Ephesians 1

When I hear a believer announce, "I'm just a sinner," I feel like saying, "That's what you used to be." A lot of folks cling to a view of themselves as a patched-up, slightly-better-than-before version of their old self. The Bible contradicts that opinion: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come" (II Corinthians 5:17). In fact, according to Scripture, we're dramatically different once we are complete in Christ.

The question is whether people will trust in what they feel or believe what God says about them. His Word calls us saints (Romans 1:7), disciples (Matthew 28:19), and fellow heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). If your opinion is that you are "just a sinner," then you cannot fully experience and enjoy your identity in Christ. (Philippians 4:19). In other words, we already have all that we need for an abundant and victorious life.

Believing what God says about our new self is a choice. Satan certainly conspires to convince believers that God's Word doesn't apply to them. He knows that people held captive by spiritual poverty back away from opportunities to share the gospel and serve the Lord's kingdom. It's much easier to spiritually bankrupt someone who already thinks of him- or herself as "just a sinner" than it is to conquer a disciple who knows God is his loving Father.

Our true identity is defined not by our past actions but by the Savior's. Jesus purchased our lives with His blood and brought us into relationship with God the Father, who adopted us as beloved children. We have every reason to hold our heads high, stand firm, and courageously proclaim the gospel.

Current Sermon Series
      Do your finances bring you fear or freedom? Whether you’re digging out of debt or planning for your future, now’s the time to build a foundation that endures. Investing in a brighter tomorrow starts by Making Change today. We will cover biblical truths about finances, and how to find freedom in a debt-saturated world. This series starts January 6

Last Week:
      This principle of Less is More, is a hard one. We know and understand this principle, but we don't like implementing it. How can we do this? By cutting back, clearing out, and paying off.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
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Next Week:
      Next week, we will continue our series Making Change, by looking at how Stress Is Bad.

Upcoming Events

January 7 - Ladies' Bible Study at 6:30 pm

January 8 - Dartball at home

January 12 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM.
                      Men's Bible Study & Breakfast at the Church at 9 AM.

January 13 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

January 16 - Annual Business Meeting at 7 PM

January 27 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following AM Worship service

February 3 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

February 9 - Marriage Enrichment Seminar from 8:30 AM to 3:30. Lunch and childcare is provided. If you are would like to go, please register here .

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