- November 10 “Who Wants to Do Battle?” This world is truly a battleground for those who seek to follow Jesus and live in His ways. We are under attack in many ways and through it all strive to conclude as Paul did, “I have fought the good fight. I have kept the faith.”
- Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:11-16; 2 Timothy 2:1-4
- November 17 “Whatever You Do…” In the living of our Christian lives in whatever we do we are to “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” This applies as well to our heart’s motivation in giving and the attitude and generosity in which we do so.”
- Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Colossians 3:12-17
- November 24 “Christ is Our King” Jesus Christ is a King unlike any other. He is the Creator and the crucified. He has been glorified, He has been mocked. He reigns in power, He hung on the cross between two criminals. While these truths seem contradictory, they have eternal significance for us. Christ may not be the king we expect, but He is the King we need.
- Scripture: Luke 23:33-43; Colossians 2:11-20
Who are you? When asked this question we typically will respond with our name. To answer the question after that we tend to share things like what we do or to whom we are related. Should we be defined by our job, our family, or even by what other people say about us? Who are you really? We really are more than these kind of identifications.
Identity, it is said, is what people believe to be most true about themselves. It is their source of value and worth. Pastor and author Timothy Keller has written, “Our need for worth is so powerful that whatever we base our identity and value on we essentially ‘deify.’ We will look to it with all the passion and intensity of worship and devotion, even if we think ourselves as highly irreligious.” This quote raises the question then, if people deify or idolize whatever they base their identity on, what happens when the source of meaning fails or is taken away? The heavy answer is, people are crushed.
Our fall all-church study and worship series beginning in October is “Overcomer,” which has the goal of finding the definitive answer to the basic question, “Who are you?” In his first letter, John identifies overcomers in the verse, “Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5)
The world around us offers serious perversions of identity. People are choosing who they want to be by living out their own misguided notions of truth. Our identity needs to be based on God’s identity for us and who we are according to His Word. Being created in the image of God means the Creator and not the creation gives us identity and purpose, determining who and what we are in the world. Created in the image of God means we are to bear God’s likeness in the world, living out a powerful declaration of who Jesus is and what it means to experience the life and salvation He alone gives.
Who are you? We are created by God, but all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We are offered salvation that starts with repentance and leads to a life that seeks and declares Jesus as the only way to truly know and live out who we are. Come, join in our series knowing who you are, that in Christ you are an overcomer.