“Overcomer” – Sermon Series October 6 – November 3

  • October 6 “Who Are You?” In calling us to follow Him, Jesus has the power to change us into the people He wants us to be as we respond in obedience to Him. In Jesus we can become an overcomer.
  • October 13 “You Are Broken” We all have sinned and our sin goes against God’s nature. However, with Christ we have forgiveness and immense potential in the new nature He provides for us. In Jesus we can become an overcomer.
  • October 20 “You Are Chosen” As followers of Christ we will face trials and tribulations. With the strength of Christ we are encouraged to stay strong and remain faithful in difficult circumstances. In Jesus we can become an overcomer.
  • October 27 “You Surrender” No one is too far from forgiveness, and being compelled by Christ to surrender to Him, lives are changed. In Jesus, we can become an overcomer.
  • November 3 “You Declare” It isn’t enough to express verbal faith in Jesus without placing Him on the throne of our whole heart and life. Through our declaration of Jesus in word and deed others can know Jesus better and the church can be built up. In Jesus we can be an overcomer.
    • Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Matthew 16:13-18

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.

In Christ,