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The world works very hard to steal the identity that God calls us to embrace. In a thousand ways, day in and day out, we are told who we are, what we are worth and what ought to define our sense of self. But what God says about who we are in Christ is radically different. Join us for the next few months at Mission Hills as we unpack what God’s Word in the book of Ephesians tells us about who we are, who we are becoming and what we must allow to define us in the in-between.
God wants us to know that our adoption is secure and live in light of our new identity.
This weekend Scott Wenig continued our series through Ephesians. As we look into being empowered through God’s Word, Scott helps us to understand who we are, who we are becoming and what we must allow to define us in the in-between.
In spite of who we were, God has transformed who we are. People often say that Christianity isn’t about works, but that’s not quite right. Christianity is about works. It’s all about works! It’s just not about our works. It’s about resting in what He has done for us. It’s about trusting in the kindness that led him to do what He has done for us.
How is Jesus calling me to participate in His work of bringing us together so he can show up through us in power? Becoming participants often means overcoming one of the three main barriers to togetherness: 1 // I’m Comfortable.
2 // I’m Confused – I’ve confused my agenda with Jesus’ agenda or spiritualized my personal preferences.
3 // I’m Conflicted – I’m too heavily invested in things that are hindering togetherness.
Faith in Jesus not only brings us together, it empowers us to stay together and serve the Gospel.
God wants to renovate us so He can reside in us. There’s still work to be done. But that’s what God is doing here. He’s renovating us. And these aren’t just cosmetic renovations. Many of them are structural. They’re profound. And structural renovations aren’t always easily accomplished. In fact, sometimes you’ve got to break something down before you can build it up. But remember the possibility! It’s been said that the church is the hope of the world. Not because the church itself, as an organization, is capable of much, but because The Church is God’s chosen dwelling and instrument for transformation.
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