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Our Identity Apart from Christ (5 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
For the past four weeks, we have been learning about our amazing identity in Christ and about all the gifts of wisdom and power He has given us. This week, we are going to look back in time to what we were before we were in Christ.
In the book of Ephesians, Paul explores Jesus' redemption story and explains how God is truly able to raise us from a real and present death.
Paul understood this deeply on a personal level. He knew that before he gave himself to Jesus, his life was the worst. ''But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of His great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in Him and receive eternal life'' (1 Tim. 1:16).
Main Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-3
EQUIP: God saved us out of darkness.
Teaching Point 1: Alive again
- Before we knew Jesus, we were truly dead - blind, lost, and in darkness (Eph. 2:1).
- Like the prodigal son, we were alone, hungry, and tired of living for ourselves. We were dead - but then made alive in Christ (Luke 15:24).
When we watch people at school or on TV, they look fully alive. We might even think that they have more life than we do. Maybe they can sing better, play sports better, or achieve better grades than we can. But their spirits might be dead to the most important factor in this life - God.
Have you ever seen the Twilight movies or read the books? In the story, the vampires are strong, smart, and good looking. They appear so attractive on the outside. But on the inside, they are soulless and dead. One of the vampires, Rosalie, is jealous of humans and wishes she had never chosen to become a vampire, even though on the outside, she is exceptionally beautiful.
Jesus declares Heaven's perspective on our need for spiritual life when He tells the parable of the Prodigal Son. The father in the s ...
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