Pastor Dave Martin, Cross Creek Community Church, June 30, 2019

“Abundant Life”

The NEW You, part 2 of 5

 

John 10:10b  “… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” nkjv

Who are you?

 

  1. Your identity is determined by birth.

John 1:12-13 12  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God13  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 

  1. All born physically, some reborn spiritually.

John 3:3-7 3  In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” 4  “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” 5  Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’

 

  1. Jesus promises abundant life…
  • NEW You!

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  (Titus 3:5)

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 21  Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22  set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

  • NEW Family!

Romans 8:17  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Rom 8:16)

  • NEW Names!

Acts 11:26 “…The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”

150+ names and metaphors… Believers, elect, sons, saints (60 times), etc

  • NEW Destination!

Ephesians 2:4-6 4  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. 6  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,… Jn 10:28 “I give them eternal life…”

Philippians 3:20 20  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

 

  1. The enemy seeks to deceive your thinking.

1 John 5:19 19  We know that we are children of God (our identity), and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 2 Co 11:14 “… for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”  John 10:10 10  The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. 2 Corinthians 10:5 5  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

 

“Get sinners to think they’re saints and saints to think they’re sinners”

Confusion, fear, doubts, discouragement, defeat, bondage

How you think determines how you feel.

How you feel determines how you act.

 

 

FREEDOM, Living the Abundant Life with Christ…

  • KNOW who you are in Christ!
  • GUARD your minds with TRUTH!
  • FEED the Spirit – CRUCIFY the Flesh!

 

John 8:36  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.