Solid Ground | Who Are You?
Chosen. Saved. Reconciled. Empowered. This is who you are in Christ. Your identity in Christ. The focus of this series is on the words that come out of the text which describe the believer in Jesus - chosen, saved, reconciled, empowered.
- June 25Ephesians 1:3-8Kenny Gooch
In Christ, we are chosen to be the people of God. Chosen--the word is a derivative of the word “ecclesia”--called out. Also loved, adopted/wanted. God’s desire was to do this and it brought him great joy. The act of God’s choosing seems to be tied to our response of praise. The word chosen carries the connotation that God has determined in his will to have you as his people. He does so through Christ.
- July 02Ephesians 2:1-10Scott Kern
In Christ, we are saved from sin and for good works. Saved. From sin. By grace. Through faith. For good works. Saving has a purpose beyond the eternal salvation from damnation of the individual believer. We are saved to be God’s “workmanship” created for the purpose of doing good works. God saves in order to empower us to be kingdom workers.
- July 09Ephesians 2:11-18Danny Curry
In Christ, God removes the barriers that separate us from him and from each other. The new community that God has created in Jesus addresses the divisive issues of Jews seeing themselves as “near” God and the Gentiles as “far” from God. In Christ, God makes us friends with him and each other. He ends the system of law by offering Christ as the sacrifice once for all. Law creates hostility by creating borders; the freedom that comes in Christ removes the barriers and unites us all in Christ through the Spirit. In Christ, the hostility is broken down and continues to break it down in the life of the believer.
- July 16Ephesians 3:14-21Kenny Gooch
In Christ, we are empowered to live in unity and to grow in God’s love. We are empowered to trust God and to grow a strong relationship with Him. We are empowered to understand and experience his love and to work with God to accomplish more than we think is possible. Inner strength in the Spirit is displayed through a “healthy trust” in God.