Who Does God Say We Are?

Who Does God Say We Are?
The New Testament describes the new identity of a disciple using a variety of word pictures. Here are a few…
Which of these new identities suits you best and why?
Disciples called / likened to:  

Scripture

 

Meaning

Fishers of men Matthew 4:19 We are called to “fish for people” with the net of the gospel.
Salt Matthew 5:13 We are to live in a way that makes people thirsty to know God; we are to act as a preservative in a corrupt society.
Light Matthew 5:14–16 In a dark world, we reflect God’s nature and shine for him.
Branches John 15:5 As branches connected to the Vine, Jesus, we bring his blessing/fruitfulness to the world.
Stewards/ Servants 1 Corinthians 4:1–2 We are managers of God’s good news, gifts, resources, and blessings—ultimately responsible and accountable to him.
Ambassadors 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are representatives of Christ’s kingdom to the lost people of this world.
Saints/Holy people Ephesians 1:1 We are God’s holy ones—by virtue of what Christ has done for us.
Citizens of heaven Philippians 3:20 Our allegiance is to God and his kingdom—not this world.
Soldiers 2 Timothy 2:3–4 We are engaged in a battle—not against people—but the spiritual forces of evil.
Athletes 2 Timothy 2:5 We are to live self-controlled lives and train ourselves to be godly.
Farmers 2 Timothy 2:6 We sow God’s word faithfully in order to reap an eternal harvest.
Living stones, a spiritual house 1 Peter 2:5 We are God’s dwelling place; his modern-day temple.
A priesthood 1 Peter 2:9–10 We may draw near to God—& we have the privilege of helping others do so.
Foreigners, exiles 1 Peter 2:11 This world is not our home. We are only passing through.


Our Mission…

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I am thinking lately of our mission from the Lord Jesus. What is that mission? We are to make disciples. Jesus himself issued the mandate in Matthew 28:19-20… “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” The command is to make disciples. Thankfully, we are not left to wonder about how we are to do this. Jesus tells us plainly.
 
GO
”… this tells us that we cannot be passive about making disciples. Jesus commanded us to go to our family, friends, neighbors, and to the world as we proclaim the Gospel message.
 
BAPTIZE”… to be baptized is to make a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ. Read more…


Should I expect to be persecuted for my faith?

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Should I expect to be persecuted for my faith?

In Matthew 10.32, Jesus makes the amazing promise that the person who acknowledges Him as Lord in life or in death, if necessary, is the one whom He will acknowledge personally before God as His own (Matt. 13.20; 2 Tim. 2.10–13). Conversely, He describes the soul-damning denial of Christ of those who through fear, shame, neglect, or love of the world reject all evidence and revelation and decline to confess Christ as Savior and King.

Though the ultimate end of the gospel is peace with God (John 14.27; Rom. 8.6), the immediate result of the gospel is frequently conflict (v. 34). Conversion to Christ can result in strained family relationships (vv. 35, 36), persecution, and even martyrdom. Following Christ presupposes a willingness to endure such hardships (vv. 32, 33, 37–39). Though He is called “Prince of Peace” (Is. 9.6), Christ will have no one deluded into thinking that He calls believers to a life devoid of all conflict.

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