Summary: Reminders of who we are in Christ
PREVAILING PROOFS OF A REAL FAITH
God continually reminds of who we are in Christ: no longer in Adam. Behavior depends on seeing and recognizing who you are and the basic facts of your idenity. Backwards today: act first and then believe. Paul has been leading us step by step to understand more fully our new identity in Jesus Christ.
Sons of God – not everyone is a son. Happens by faith in Jesus. We are all creatures of God by natural birth(Paul in Acts 17 ‘offspring of God’) very different word used in Romans ‘the family of God’ REMINDS US OF WHOSE FAMILY WE ARE!
1. AN UPWARD PATH (14) For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
a. Am I being led by the Spirit of God? Is there a progress with purpose in my life. Not am I getting grayer, making more money, kids getting older but am I getting farther along in God’s plan in my life.
1) ‘brought along, caught along’ obviously following. Under control of a being other than yourself. Circumstances, experiences, reactions
2) Since conversion am I consciously aware of God’s leadership? Building principles, developing character, establishing purpose, integrity, devotion to God, discipline in godly areas?
MOUNTAIN CLIMBER’S CHARTED PATH: detours, sideways & downward slips but an overall view of progress. 1 Tim 4:15 ‘Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your PROGRESS will be evident to all’ THESE THINGS? 4:12-13 ‘speech, conduct, love, faith, purity, attention to Scripture, spiritual gift.
2 COR 5:17 ‘If any man is in Christ he is a new creature, the old things have past away, behold new things have come’.
b. I’m sure I will go to heaven: ‘I never really pray(emergencys), never really spend time reading my Bible, witness? Scares me to death!, haven’t really served in the church, don’t actually give, certainly don’t tithe, been to church but can’t say I have every really done what some people call worshiping God(WARNING SIGNS
c. Spirit-Led lives go deeping into God’s Word, have increasingly more intimate fellowship, advance in prayer, have purposeful service, are obedient in stewardship issues.
Q-When I read the Scriptures am I taught by the Spirit: opens our minds(Lk 24 He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures) SO excited couldn’t sit still/not remember any sermons before 1979, age 20 ½/
Q-Has the Bible every actually lept out at you? God spoke out of His word for me to 1) go to seminary(Jer 29:11-13), Salvation(Isa 64:6), Pastor specific church(Col 1:25), Sin issues in my life(1 Sam 12:20-22), My ministry assurance(Ps 63:2)
Q-Do you have an awakened love for other believers? A special bond?
PRISON DOCUMENTARY: Race riots, hate groups, know us by our love not a big church but a small city, community, lives interacting for purposes of God.
Sons – ‘show maturity by acting like sons’ not a child
*God doesn’t drive His sheep ‘My sheep hear My voice and they follow Me’
2. AN OUTWARD PROFESSION(15) For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’