Living Out Of A New Identity (6 of 15) by Rick Ferguson

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LIVING OUT OF A NEW IDENTITY (6 of 15)
GROWING CLOSER AND GOING DEEPER WITH GOD
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
II COR. 5:14-21

Series Verse: BUT GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF
OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (2 PETER 3:18).

Question: When you were growing up through your teen
years and dreaming about your future, did you ever say
to yourself, "Someday I really want to be SOMEBODY"?

Question: Let me ask you, did you make it? Did you
fulfill your dreams? Are you a SOMEBODY today?

Ex: I heard recently of a man who was having repeated
delusions of grandeur. He was constantly fantasizing
and imagining that he was some famous person. His
wife thought this to be an unhealthy escape from
reality, so she sent him to a psychiatrist. After
weeks of therapy, the psychiatrist said,
"Congratulations, you're healed!" The man responded,
"What a lousy cure. Before I was famous, and now I'm
a nobody!"

Question: Well, if we were meeting for the first time
and I were to ask you to identify yourself to me, how
would you do that? After you gave me your name, what
would you say about yourself that somehow defines who
you are?

Would you tell what you do?
- I'm a lawyer.
- I'm a doctor.
- I'm a teacher.
- I'm a parent.
- I'm a contractor, etc.

Would you tell where you lived?

Would you tell who you're related to?
- I'm so and so's brother.
- I'm so and so's Mom or Dad.
- I'm so and so's son or daughter.

Question: Let me ask you this. If you could be
anyone you wanted to be today, who would you be?

Would you change your identity and trade places with
someone?

Would you trade places with someone who is:
- Famous
- Rich
- Powerful
- Beautiful

Question: And that leads me to another question along
a similar avenue of thinking ...and that is, if you
had the power to change some of your physical
features, would you do so?

Would you make yourself taller...or maybe shorter?
Would you make ...


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