This past weekend I adapted a message from Pastor Rick Warren for the launch of our new series called, Moving Forward! Below are 5 things that are true about your life whenever you make the decision to follow Jesus. When you confess Jesus as Lord of your life, you move from being God's creation to God's child and all things become new. Consider these thoughts and scriptures below...
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10
Part 1- YOUR NEW IDENTITY IN CHRIST
1. YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD.
“He chose us in him before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in his sight by his love.” Eph. 1:4
“You have been CHOSEN by God himself!” 1 Pet. 2:9 (LB)
2. YOU HAVE INCREDIBLE VALUE.
“You are a HOLY nation, a people BELONGING to God!” 1 Peter 2:9
“You are a people holy to the Lord your God… his treasured possession.” Deut. 7:6 (NIV)
“God says, ‘You are precious to me.’” Isa. 43:4 (TEV)
3. YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD.
“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God.” 1 Peter 2:10
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)
“God’s love is eternal and his faithfulness lasts forever.” Psalm 100:5 (TEV)
4. YOU ARE COMPLETELY FORGIVEN.
“At one time you did not know God’s mercy, but now you have received his mercy.” 1 Peter 2:10 (TEV)
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Rom. 8:1
“I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you.” Isa. 43:25 (TEV)
5. YOU ARE FULLY EQUIPPED.
“You are royal priests … chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NCV)
“The capacity we have comes from God; it is he who made us capable of serving the new covenant…” 2 Cor. 3:5-6 (TEV)
“I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13