Who am I? As Christians, we no longer need to ask this question, but rather are called to worship the one who has created us and as a result, walk in the fullness of who he has made us to be. One of the titles the Bible gives to those who love and worship Jesus is ‘adopted sons’.
In the 1998 movie called ‘Who Am I’, Jackie Chan who plays the role of a highly trained special units force wakes up in a tribal village somewhere in the African veldt, still recovering from injuries sustained in an accident he cannot remember; as a result, when asked for his name by the natives, he responds by asking himself, "Who Am I?", and is referred to as that by the natives.
There are some who ask themselves this question every day: Who am I? As Christians, we no longer need to ask this question, but rather are called to worship the one who has created us and as a result, walk in the fullness of who he has made us to be. One of the titles the Bible gives to those who love and worship Jesus is ‘adopted sons’. If you Google the phrase ‘adopt a…’, you’ll find that you can possibly adopt parts of a rainforest, pets, wild animals etc. With these adoptions, what you get is a certificate, photo, and possibly a cuddly toy, but what you don’t get is a relationship. On this talk, we look at what the Bible says about believers being adopted as sons, and what it means to receive this status.
'I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to'. These were parting words of Jesus that shocked His disciples and paved the way for the exploding early church. Today we too experience the fullness of Christianity through the indwelling God who comes to us. How does God the Holy Spirit make real the Gospel? What does He actually do? Why is this sealing so important? How does God want to make me more fruitful, more joyful, more alive? Be filled with the Holy Spirit!
In this talk celebrating Baptism Sunday, Gavin unpacks what it means to be a new creation in Christ. As we give our lives to God we literally become born again, what does this mean for us as individuals?
Have you ever considered just how radical the phrase 'God who justifies the ungodly' is? Yet that is exactly what has happened to a Christian and righteousness has been credited to them. Knowing that God sees us as righteous in Christ helps to sustain us in both joys and hardships and live for Jesus in everyday life.
Have you ever asked yourself: How does God view me? For some, this question is of no significance whilst for others, it’s a longstanding question they long to know the answer to. From the beginning of the Bible to the end, God is closely and thoughtfully involved with His creation. He has restored His creation into ‘One New Man In Christ’, which means that as “stained” as you may have become due to the darkness of our sins, through Christ and God’s Spirit we are being restored as masterpiece.