Fathers don’t often get a lot of credit, yet they help form identity. Pastor Casey shares that he knew being a rancher, gathering cattle, was part of his identity–because that’s what Dad did. For others, perhaps Dad was rough and tough and “men don’t cry”. When looking in the Bible, we can find this is not true of Godly men. Not all of our identity is correct. Many times we are disconnected from God our Father because we do not know how much he loves us. We struggle with shame, fear of not being good enough. Jesus came as the Son of God to show us how our “real” Father looks and operates. In this generation of so many fatherless, what can be done to bring true identity?
Listen as Casey encourages us that the work of Jesus is capable of restoring the family; bringing sons and daughters of God back to the Father.
In Romans 8:14, we read,”For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” This morning, Youth Leader Courtney directs us to consider our identity. Do we act like orphans or sons? He goes on to compare the mindset and attitudes of children/sons of the house vs. orphans. While children have a relationship with God, freedom in Christ; needs met; and know God’s joy in them, orphans have none of these. As sons/children of God, we need to know that we have access to the resources of the Father. Orphans steal from someone else in order to have enough. Let’s begin to live our lives as God’s children.
Scripture references: Romans 8:12-18
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The Easter holiday remembers the greatest event in human history; the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everything Jesus taught about God, sin and man was proven true when he rose from the dead. The resurrection is the foundational truth of the Christian faith and if the resurrection didn’t happen, then the Christian faith is a joke (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).
The fact is that Jesus rose from the dead and there is power in the name of Jesus. The gospel of Jesus is no fairy-tale story. It is the story of every person. The challenge of the gospel is to bring it out of the book and let it change your life.
Jesus died and came back for you.
Listen as Casey gives reminds us why there is power in the name of Jesus.
Imagine you were a basketball player and someone came to you and said that they could put the fullness of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant into you. Would you take it? If you did, you would go on to be one of the greatest players in the game. If you’re a business leader and someone came to you said they could give you the fullness of legendary businessman Bill Gates. Wouldn’t you take it? If you did, then you would be able to make business decisions unlike you’ve ever made before and move into great success.
You’ll never receive the special fullness of a business or sports superstar, but you can receive the fullness of the foremost superstar of universe, Jesus Christ. When you receive the grace of God, not only do you receive forgiveness and salvation from sin but you also receive the full power of Jesus Christ inside of you. Grace is more than receiving a free pass from punishment, it is the receiving of a power unlike anything you’ve ever received so that you can live like Jesus and love others like Jesus did. When you become a Christian, a mighty power starts to work in you and through you. This power can enable you to be the best at what God has put you on the earth to do. The grace of God intends to distinguish you so that you can heal the world through the power of Jesus for the sake and honor of God.