Sermons on Identity
Rob Coleman from Grace Church Bolton speaks to us today on thinking like sons (and not like slaves). Looking at the story of the prodigal son Rob challenges us about how we are thinking when it comes to how loved, accepted and chosen we are in the Father’s eyes. Are you simply doing your best to get by, hoping that God will be pleased with you; or are you living in the fullness and freedom of your sonship?
Today Graham spurs us on to take hold of how God calls us. He looks at what is mean to come into his presence and for God to send us out, and what can stop us from fulfilling that calling.
Fear drives so much harm in the world, but as Dave unfolds this powerful passage from Galatians, we find that in our true identity as being God’s sons and daughters we are set free from fear to live fully for him. Galatians 3:23-4:7
You were designed for intimacy with God, for deep relationship with Him. You were designed to hear Him and to know Him, to trust Him and be trusted by Him. His desire for intimacy with his children is undiminished and He wants to go deeper with you.
What our good friend Jonathan Kent shared with us on Sunday was about identity and how that related in the Apostle Peter’s life. Also that there are identity thieves out there that want to take away our identity and circumstances that shake your identity and also those who fake this identity. He reminded us to know who we are; that we God’s chosen people, that our identity has changed forever and we are to live fruitful and purposeful lives.
Our need of the Holy Spirit is essential for a mature and fulfilled Christian life. The Holy Spirit is described as the powerful presence of God. We not only need to be baptised in or receive the Holy Spirit but be asking continually to be filled. Just keep asking for God to fill you with His Spirit and start to praise God and thank him for all he has done. God wants you to have good gifts as all good…
Chris kicks off a new series on Pursuing the Miraculous this week with ‘Miracle Mandate’. We haven’t been saved to live ordinary lives, but extraordinary! We are following in the footsteps of Jesus with His power working through us, but what does that look like in your life? And are you prepared to step up for God and live as a pioneer in your sphere of influence…
Alison reminds us today that our identity is found in God not in what we think about ourselves or what others say about us. God has given us all that we need to do the things he has asked us to do and he makes us sufficient and strong when we are trusting him.
God is at work all the time amongst us, it is He who has joined us together and enabling us by grace to work and worship together for His glory. Dave shares his heart that you continue to know the truth that God has built you into his church to love and worship him together with the rest of the body. You belong.
It’s good to remember where we have come from but even better to remember who you are now. Dave continues our adventure through Ephesians with a impacting message of how God takes what we were and brings us into something more amazing than we could have ever imagined.
Ephesians is such a rich vein of truth that just keeps producing faith and encouragement. Jonathan so encouraged us on Sunday to see the good news is all the better for really knowing what the bad news is. Paul reminds the Ephesians that they were dead spiritual in their sins BUT that God had made them alive in Christ – ground shaking truth.
Dave continues our series on Encounters with God, looking at the life of Jacob (the deceiver). It’s amazing how long we can go on striving to win the approval of God and of people. But like Jacob learns we find freedom in embracing our true identity of those who belong to, and are chosen by God.
Relationships can be one of the most rewarding and most frustrating parts of life and we need a lot of help to get them right. The good news is that God has restored our relationship with himself 100% – and now He gives us His power to ‘do’ relationships in a whole new way. We can live with open hearts towards everyone we meet and everyone we know – we are marked by His grace and His love.
Today is your day of jubilee; your day of restoration. Jonathan Kent unfolds the amazing new reality we are now living in – as God’s spirit filled people. Today there is good news about God’s ‘jubilee’ in your life, the day that everything begins to change.
This weekend we welcome Ginny Burgin to share her story as we open up what it means to discover the prophetic. Dave picks up on Ginny’s amazing story of encountering God as we dip into our new series on Encounters; starting off this week with Moses. Ginny’s Q and A session on Discovering the prophetic can be found here. Ginny and Stuart are part of City Church Sheffield where Ginny is involved in teaching, training, assisting pastorally, making known what she feels God is…
Today’s story needs no introduction. As welcome Jonathan Kent from St Helens we are challenged as to the stance we are taking as we face the Goliaths in our lives. This all comes down again to identity and who you truly are in God. What enemy is shouting across your personal valley today? It’s time to take it down – your God is fighting for you.