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Our Identity in Christ

If you are a Christian, do you still struggle with trying to earn favor with God or understanding who you are before Him? In the third week of our sermon series Dying to Live, David Marvin describes our position when we have a relationship with Christ: where it comes from, what it leads to, and what it includes.

David MarvinAug 29, 2021

In This Series (5)
Acceptance Over Performance | Romans 7:7-25
Blake HolmesSep 19, 2021
The Law and Spirit| Romans 7:1–7
John ElmoreSep 12, 2021
Our Identity in Christ
David MarvinAug 29, 2021
Dead To Sin, Alive in Christ
Blake HolmesAug 22, 2021
Obedience of Faith
Nathan WagnonAug 15, 2021

Summary

If you are a Christian, do you still struggle with trying to earn favor with God or understanding who you are before Him? In the third week of our sermon series Dying to Live, David Marvin describes our position when we have a relationship with Christ: where it comes from, what it leads to, and what it includes.

Key Takeaways

  • New life flows from a new position.
  • In Christ, your relationship with God is no longer determined by your behavior.
  • If you have trusted in Jesus, you are a new creation and live from grace rather than trying to earn grace.
  • All of Christian living flows from a new identity.
  • New position leads to new practice.
  • We cultivate our spiritual growth and cooperate with God in it, but He is the only one who produces Christ in us.
  • In the world, practice determines position; in Christianity, however, position determines practice.
  • Our new position has new privileges.
  • Christian life is learning to live under a new authority.
  • Apart from Christ, we are dead and cannot produce any fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
  • In Christ, we have been given the greatest gift with no strings attached: eternal life.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • If you are still striving to earn status before God, what steps can you take to rest in the free gift of grace that you’ve been given?
  • How can you cultivate a relationship with Christ so that it flows from your position in Him?

Other Mentioned or Recommended Resources

  • Suggested Scripture study: Romans 6:14-23; 2 Corinthians 5:17