Pastor Shane Ham : Building Your Identity in Christ

Remedy · 48:27 · Recorded March 7, 2021

Building Your Identity in Christ

Romans 8:1-4, 7-8 (NIV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit…. the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

Romans 7:21-25 (NIV) When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 8:9, 14-17 (NIV) You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you… because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

A cross-centered self-image:

I understand something is seriously wrong with me; more than I ever knew.

Romans 3:23 (NIV) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 7:24 (NLT2) Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

I know something is more valuable about me; more than I ever imagined.

1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT2) For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

The result of a cross-centered self-image:

There’s a humble boldness!

Where this leads me:

1. I don’t have to be driven by fear.

2. God is actively at work to give me the desire to please him.

John 1:13 (NLT2) They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

3. God secures my place in his family.

John 1:12 (NLT2) But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

4. God makes it deeply personal!

5. God gives me hope for my future!

Romans 8:19-24 (NLT2) For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it.

The greatest times of life are “leavable”; the worst times of life are bearable!

  • Read all of Romans 8:1-17 and answer these questions:
    • In verses 5-11, what does Paul say about the option Christians have in living their life?
    • Where is the battle for the control of your life going to fought… and won or lost?
    • Since we are not set right with God by doing good works, what is the motive for changing our lives? How are we to deal with our sinful nature?
    • What does it mean to you that you are not God’s slave, but his child?
  • Have you had an “Isaiah encounter”? Identify a time when you realized most clearly that you are deeply flawed and that without Christ you would be lost. Journal about that or share it with your small group. Take the time to remember that realization and ask God to keep in fresh so that you don’t lose the wonder at all he did for you to make you his child.

  • What will you say to a person who feels that life has no meaning or purpose? How will you share how your identity in Christ gives your life worth and value? How can you share the freedom you have to live a rich and full life because you have a purpose in this life?

  • Shane closed with five points – which gives you the most hope? Makes you the most grateful? Is one you need God’s help to fully accept and embrace?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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