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Identity: Where do you live?, 2/24/2019

Pastor Pete Hartwig

Sermon Notes

Identity – Where do you live?

 

Where do you live?

Where are you from?

 

Apostle Paul –  Abraham – Jewish Laws

 

BIG SCREEN Ephesians 2:1-3 

 

SLIDE: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world

 

SLIDE: All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.

 

BIG SCREEN Ephesians 2:4-5

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

 

 

Made us alive with Christ…. When we were dead.

 

GRACE!

 

Adam and Eve, “you surely will not die” – Satan.

Satan shows up again here as “the ruler of the kingdom of the air”.

 

They didn’t die. And yet they did. (Spiritually)

 

Spiritual death is a marked by the following things

 

What your “identity” WAS – gratifying, cravings, desires + thoughts.

Where you USED to live!

SLIDE: FLESH-  Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.

 

BIG SCREEN:  Ephesians 2:11-13

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Galatians –  How Paul confronts Peter on this very issue.

BIG SCREEN Galatians 2:11-13

11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the “circumcision group”. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

 

Peter means “stone” in Greek, while Cephas is “stone” in Aramaic

Abram (high father) to Abraham (father of many).

 

 

The law – circumcision – following rules and “getting it right”.

 

“this was done… in the flesh by Christ for us”

 

How do I become “in Christ”.

What Christ has done.

 

Ephesians 2:14-16

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

 

 

Ephesians 2:19-22

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

A NEW people… living together in a new way

 

FEET TO YOUR FAITH:

 

  1. Am I dead in trespasses and sin?
  2. Do I say I am saved by faith but emotionally live by works.
  3. gratifying, cravings, desires + thoughts.  Are these areas of my life “In Christ”.
  4. Communion – “WE” are being built into a temple

 

 

BIG SCREEN Ephesians 2:1-3 

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.

 

BIG SCREEN Galatians 2:11-13

11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the “circumcision group”. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

 

BIG SCREEN Ephesians 2:11-13

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

 

BIG SCREEN Ephesians 2:14-16

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups oneand has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

 

 

BIG SCREEN  Ephesians 2:19-22

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.