Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Duration: 43 mins 51 secs
We seek and receive identities from every sphere of life. We are known by our family role, work title, recreational habits, ethnic background, academic achievements, and personal quirks. Doctor. Dad. Delinquent. Sister. Snob. Southerner. God gives us our truest identity: adopted sons and daughters. Jesus secured this new identity for us, sending his Spirit to imbibe us. It is our task to embrace this new ID.
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
Duration: 46 mins 18 secs
The churches in Revelation dealt with timeless problems. The church of Sardis struggled with an identity crisis. God sees through their religious act; He knows their spirits need renewal. As do ours. This message encourages us to find our true name in God.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Duration: 46 mins 29 secs
Christians feel tension today, especially as they engage culture from the margins. Hot topics like gender, sexuality, politics, race, immigration, and the Bible make people's blood boil. Followers of Jesus must practice humility and resist the urge to drift in their convictions. However, Peter's final encouragement to his readers does not center on standing firm on moral convictions, as much as standing firm in their fixed, future standing as God's called out people.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 13 secs
We think of honor as something we earn, win, or achieve. In Peter's day, honor was one's inherited or ascribed worth, but symbolized by one's titles, dress, headpiece, and seat at the table. Strangers and foreigners had no honor, unless ascribed by a higher authority. Fortunately for Peter's audience (and the modern church), the Heavenly Father grants honor to His people. He granted them a new and marvelous identity in Christ: chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation, God's possession.
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 44 secs
We belong to God. This truth has special appeal to followers of Jesus who do not fit into the surrounding world. Peter wrote to a band of misfits and exiles, but called them elect and beloved. He assured them they belonged to God even though they faced hardship. Indeed, belonging to God is the most exceptional thing about a Christian.