05 In Christ, we are Children of God (John 1:9-13 & Galatians 3:23-4:7)

05 In Christ, we are Children of God (John 1:9-13 & Galatians 3:23-4:7)

 

Sermon Outline

 

  1. Names are important.
    1. Cultures where people get new names throughout life
    2. Scripture isn’t ignorant to this fact (John 1:12, Gal 3:26, Gen 17:5, 15, 32:28, Jn 1:42, Acts 13:9)
  2. In Christ, we have a new name/identity
    1. What it means to be ‘in Christ’? (Gal 3:26, Jn 1:29, 20:31)
    2. Caveats
      1. Our identity is only changed when we receive Christ (John 1:10-12, Gal 3:23-26)
      2. The role of Faith
      3. Our old identity was
        1. Blind (John 1:10)
        2. Unwelcoming of God (John 1:11)
        3. Captives (Gal 3:23, Rom 2:15)
        4. Prisoner (Gal 3:23)
        5. Ruled over (Gal 3:25)
        6. Enslaved (Gal 4:3)
        7. Sinner
    3. New identity in Christ
      1. Clothed in Christ (Gal 3:27)
        1. Heard the statements, “The clothes make the man.” “Dress for Success”
        2. We are dressed for
          1. Righteousness – Rom. 13:14
          2. Righteous Deeds- Rev. 19:8
          3. Holiness – Eph. 4:24
          4. Wearing royalty (description of God) –(Eph. 6:11, Col 3:12-15)
          5. Beautiful – Luke 12:28
          6. Power – Luke 24:49
          7. Humility – 1Pet. 5:5
          8. Immortality – 1Cor. 15:53
      2. Unified in Christ (Gal 3:28)
      3. Abraham’s offspring (Gal 3:9, 29, Rom 4:16)
        1. To be part of the people of God and an inheritor of the promises of God
        2. To be considered righteous. (Gal 3:8, Rom 4:9)
        3. To be Abrahams’s seed is to be approved by God.
      4. Heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29)
        1. Owners of everything (Gal 4:1)
        2. The Promise we inherit is God with us (Col 1:27)
      5. Adopted (Gal 4:5)
        1. To be legitimate, wanted, fully a member of the family, never to be abandoned again. It is to be without fear! (Rom 8:14-15)
        2. To Know God is working through us and for us. (Rom 9:4)
  3. We are Children of God (John 1:12-13, Gal 3:26)

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