Identity as Worship
"The world out there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity. The world is waiting for a new demonstration from Christianity!" ~ Leonard Ravenhill (English author and evangelist)
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10, ESV)
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:13-18, ESV)
"But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12, ESV)
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven."
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what yo
u do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:19-26, ESV)
Jesus once said, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve." (John 4:8, ESV)
” 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6, ESV)
Week 1 of SALT –
Reconciliation This weekend’s sermon was about reconciliation. How GOD displays His unfathomable love for us in sending CHRIST to die for us, while we were still sinners! We do not have to become righteous to partake in CHRIST’s death; it is through CHRIST’s death that we become righteous. CHRIST’s death is the tool of reconciliation. It is the key that allows us, as foreigners, to become citizens, us as the separated to become members; and us as the estranged to become reconciled. In today’s study we will continue to look at the topic of Reconciliation.
As a group, read aloud 2 Cor. 5:14-21.
1. Focus on v17. We are told here that in CHRIST, we are “New Creations”. In your experience, why do you think that new or fresh starts can be so liberating?
2. Look at v14-15. How do these verses describe the process of our being made a “new creation”?
3. In v18, Paul gives the process of our becoming a “new creation” a name. What does Paul call this process?
4. In v19 we are introduced to two fruits of our being reconciled to GOD. As a group, read this verse and identify the two fruits that Paul speaks about.
Paul mentions to us in v14-15 that CHRIST died to give us a new life, and then in v19 that in CHRIST our sins are not counted against us. Now, in v21, Paul does an amazing job of bringing these verses together to tell us how CHRIST’s death leads to our sins not being counted against us. It is a beautiful summary of reconciliation! Let’s spend a little time on v21 before closing our study.
5. For whose sake is our reconciliation?
6. What role does CHRIST play in this reconciliation?
7. What is the result of reconciliation through CHRIST “knowing” or being intimate with sin on our behalf?
We are foreigners, separated and estranged from GOD by our sin. This was exactly the state we were in when GOD sent CHRIST to die for our sins. He came to reconcile us through His death on the cross. He became our sin, so we could become righteous and be reunited with GOD! We are also entrusted with the message of reconciliation. Not some, but ALL, who are reconciled are called to be ambassadors of CHRIST, entrusted with the message of reconciliation. This means that at a MINIMUM, you are called to share your story (testimony) of what GOD has done in your life through CHRIST. Are you being faithful with the message that GOD has entrusted to you? You don’t have to know everything in the Bible to share CHRIST with someone…just your story of life change. Remember, NO ONE knows your story better than you! BE a faithful minister of reconciliation!