Introduction 1 Timothy 3:16: John 1:18; 1 Peter 2:9-12
July 4 weekend is the least attended Sunday. Had a big car show. Honor the military. They cry. Gave away 4,000 medals. 2 marines repelled down the ceiling. Had indoor fireworks. Proud to be American. Everyone wants to come here.
Everything you need is in the Bible.
and to understanding add the strength of self-control, and to self-control add patient endurance, and to patient endurance add godliness, 2 Peter 1:6 TPT https://bible.com/bible/1849/2pe.1.6.TPT
Someone broke into Roman's house and cleaned it top to bottom. We need cleaning from the inside out. We have that yearning. The mystery of godliness is only available through Jesus. God has no grandchildren.
The only way to heaven is by God's grace. Not your works. When you accept His gift you take it from there and live out God's blessings. Jesus is the earthly portrait of God. Jesus showed us what God would do. Read Jesus to know God. Study Him. You are the only Jesus many people will ever do. I'm different because of Jesus. In preparation for the role of Judy Garland, Renee Zellweger she studied Judy to be like her.
I want to be like Jesus. Read his word. WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? Study what Christ is like.
I. Examining Your Identity A. You Are God's Possession 1 Peter 2:9-10; Deuteronomy 7:6
You are chosen. His SPECIAL people. But you are God's chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual "nation" set apart as God's devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world . 1 Peter 2:9 TPT https://bible.com/bible/1849/1pe.2.9.TPT
If you are a Christian you are unique and special. Peter wrote to the everyday believer. I never felt special. You can have a special relationship with Jesus. God wants you. Jesus loves you.
B. You Are God's Pilgrim 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Chronicles 29:15; Philippians 3:21
Sojourner and pilgrim. Not John Wayne. We're not citizens of earth going to heaven, but citizens of heaven going through earth. My watch needs to be kept on heaven time. John Bunyan's book is still a best seller. The Celestial City is what he was obsessed with. As Christians we want to build our spiritual muscles.
C. You Are God's Platform 1 Peter 2:12
We're to be witnesses a testimony to everyone. The Nuba people are bombed. Dr. Katina is Jesus Christ to them. Honorable conduct. Our hands become the hands of Jesus.
II. Exercising Your Identity
A. Godliness ls About ownership-Act Like You Belong 1 Corinthians 6:20; Romans 1:6-7; 8:1;14:8
You belong to God. Don't embarrass Him. You are not your own. Honor God. We belong to him. Our world has lost its sense of belonging. We have become faceless button pushers. There is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus. Let his wish be your will. Trust him.
B. Godliness Is About Citizenship-Keep Your Eyes on Heaven 2 Peter 3:10-14
Keep your watch on heaven's time. You become like the place you want to go and who you want to follow. Don't you think you'd want know about the place you're going to spend eternity.
C. Godliness Is About Stewardship-Carry out Your Assignment Peter 2:12
Carry out your assignment. 500,000 people attend Satish's church in a Hindu environment in India. They bake cakes for everyone's birthday and do so much good doing their ministry. They have their own cemetery. They give away 20,000 chicken dinners.
Conclusion 1 Timothy 4:8
While you are here as a pilgrim. Work on this.
Thank you for attending this session! This message is scheduled to air on Turning Point Television October 27, 2019