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February 26, 2023

A New Identity

Sermon Notes

"HELLO, I am ____________."

"Whatever word you write in that blank has significant power over your life because everything flows from what we would identify as core to our identity.  We have a tendency to focus heavily on behavior and not say much about identity."- Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan

Luke 3:16b NLT

"...but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am - so much greater that I'm not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals."

Matthew 3:13-15 NLT

"Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.  But John tried to talk him out of it. 'I am the one who needs to be baptized by you," he said, "so why are you coming to me?' But Jesus said, 'It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.' So John agreed to baptize him."

Luke 3:21-22a NLT

"One day, when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized.  As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove."

Luke 3:22b NLT

"And a voice from heaven said, 'You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.'"

Luke 3:22b NEV

"And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my one dear Son; in you, I take great delight.'" 

Luke 3:22b MSG

"And along with the Spirit, a voice: 'You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.'" 

"After church one weekend I was talking to a fairly successful business guy in his mid-forties. He told me he had been struggling lately with feelings of failure. We talked for a few minutes about where those feelings were coming from. I finally said to him, "It doesn't make a lot of sense. Anyone who looked at your life would say that you are a success." And without pausing to think he added, "Anyone, except for my dad." It turns out that early and often his dad had conveyed the message, you are a disappointment. You are never going to be good enough. You are never going to be successful. And all these years later that's still who he sees when he looks in the mirror. A CEO who feels like a failure." - Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan

Philippians 3:7-9a NLT

"I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For his sake, I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him."

When your identity is rooted in Jesus, it transforms YOU.

Place your identity in Jesus, not your behavior!

Repent. Give your life to Jesus. Be baptized.

Begin to lead from a transformed heart and mind by making Jesus part of your EVERY DAY.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

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