Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes for this Sunday's message from Calvary Baptist Church

Practical Faith:Identity

With the world sending us so many different messages each day, it is important that we remember what the Bible says about who we are in Christ. This morning, we explore five truths about our identity in Christ.

1. You are Chosen

Ephesians 1:3-6

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us[b] for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved

One of the greatest mysteries of scripture is the fact that God has chosen us for the forgiveness of sins.


Question:

What does is mean to you that God chose you?

2. You are Holy

Hebrews 10:10-14

10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ[b] had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.


To be holy is to be set apart for special use. To sanctify is to declare or make something holy. Just as God chose us, he has also set us apart for himself. Be belong to him and are intended for his special purpose.


3. You are Valuable

Matthew 6:25-26

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

There are s few things that can make something valuable:

  1. Intrinsic value
  2. Ownership
  3. What someone is willing to pay


We are valuable because we belong to God and he paid a great price for us!


Question:

What makes you valuable?

4. You are Gifted

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

Were were not chosen just to sit back and take it easy. God has set us apart for his service and pleasure and has gifted each of us to serve in a specific way.


Question:

How has God Gifted you for service?

5. You are Forgiven

Hebrews 10:17

17 then he adds,“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”


Romans 8:1-2

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[a] For the law of the Spirit of life has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.


2 Corinthians 5:17-19

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[b] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[c] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

No matter your past sin, God has forgiven you through the work of His Son Jesus! We have no condemnation! We have no guilt! We have no shame!


Question:

Why is it important to remember that we are forgiven?

Summary

1 Peter 2:9-10

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.


1 Peter 5:8-9

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Question to Answer:

How do these truths effect they way you live?