12.10.17 Who is New Life Baptist Church? “Exchanged Life!”

 

This morning as we look at the exchanged life we will see who we are, understanding brokenness, and how to live now that we are in Christ . . .

I. Who Are We?

– How we see ourselves directly impacts how we interact with the Lord and the world around us – We must see ourselves as God sees us! So, how does God see us?:

– Read 1 Thess 5:23-24 – We live in a body, possess a soul, and are a spirit

– Once you enter a relationship with Christ look at who God says you are:

  •    * 1 Corinthians 1:2 – You are a saint!
  •    * Ephesians 2:10 – You are a work of art!
  •    * Romans 5:17 – You are righteous!
  •    * 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – You are holy!

– Not once does God call us sinners after salvation – Why? – Because He changes our identity in Christ to the descriptions above and more

– It matters that you know who you are in Christ

II. Understanding Brokenness

– The biggest problem we have in our lives is the attempt at independent living  apart from the live giving power of Christ within us – Brokenness causes us to abandon that kind of thinking and embrace our new life in Christ

– John 12:24 – Tells us brokenness is required for us to bear fruit

– 1 Peter 4:12-13 – Problems are not meant to be a source of irritation. They have a godly purpose – Embrace them as opportunities to know Him

– 2 Corinthians 1:8-9-Paul says the purpose for suffering is so we will trust in God

– Luke 15:11-32 – Prodigal son – Both accepted because they were sons not based on behavior

-1 Corinthians 1:27-30 – Brokenness is when we come to the end of ourselves and begin to live our lives by receiving what God has for us – Brokenness is where life begins

III. How Do We Live?

– Now that we are new in Christ and have given up our dependence on ourselves, how are we supposed to live the Christian life?

– Galatians 2:20 – Now that you are alive in Christ you discover your life by walking in faith

– John 15:4-5 – We bear fruit by abiding in Christ, not by trying harder – Apart from Him we can do nothing!

– Philippians 3:3-6 – If your flesh couldn’t save you why would you trust it to live the Christian life?

– Let’s stop trying to improve our flesh and start living out our salvation!

 CONCLUSION:

– The good news about the exchanged life is:

  • * There is a way to live the Christian life that results in victory and does not result in frustration – If Jesus died to give us life it should be important enough to us to find out how to live in it
  • * It’s not up to you to make it happen – Listen, obey, enjoy! – He will lead you into life!

 

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