Gospel Identity #1

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Our church is transitioning to a new website and I have been working on the structure and information that will be featured on the site. Thinking through the identities that grow out of the Gospel and the purposes that flow from those identities for the church, has helped structure the site a whole lot and simplified our discipling process. Here’s the first part:

 

SHCC: Our Identity

#1: We gather as a church family

Because of the Good News, Christ takes people from every ethnic group, economic level, and social status to form a family that is bonded in humility by an awe of the mercy and grace Jesus Christ has shown to each of us.

Before the Good News transforms us, we are “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:1-3), orphans separated from God and each other, and doomed to God’s judgment because of His perfect holiness and our sin.

But through the Good News, we’re adopted into God’s family (Galatians 4:4-7) and made His sons and daughters and therefore brothers and sisters. Because we’re a family, we love and obey our Father and bring honor to His name (Matthew 6:9),  look out for each other, and care for one another, just as our Older Brother, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, did for us.

  • Colossians 3:11 "Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."
  • Ephesians 2:19 "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God."
  • Galatians 6:10 "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
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“Hath shined in our hearts”

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Sinclair Ferguson:

. . . B. B. Warfield describes the Old Testament as a richly furnished but dimly lit room. Only when the light is turned on do the contents become clear. That light has been switched on in Christ and the New Testament’s testimony to him. Now the triune personal being of God becomes clear.”

Want to be a difference maker in your church?

It’s in the ordinary:

Kevin DeYoung:

Find a good local church.
• Get involved.
• Become a member.
• Stay there as long as you can.
• Put away thoughts of a revolution for a while.
• Join the plodding visionaries.
• Go to church this Sunday and worship in Spirit and truth.
• Be patient with your leaders.
• Rejoice when the gospel is faithfully proclaimed.
• Bear with those who hurt you.
• Give people the benefit of the doubt.
• Say “hi” to the teenager that no one notices.
• Welcome the old ladies with the blue hair and the young men with tattoos.
• Volunteer for the nursery.
• Attend the congregational meeting.
• Bring your fried chicken to the potluck like everybody else.
• Invite a friend.
• Take a new couple out for coffee.
• Give to the Christmas offering.
• Sing like you mean it.
• Be thankful someone vacuumed the carpet for you.
• Enjoy the Sundays that “click.”
• Pray extra hard on the Sundays that don’t.
• And in all of this, do not despise the days and weeks and years of small things (Zechariah 4:8–10).

Talking to your kids about sex

Click through if you can’t see the video.

We purchased the first book in the God’s Design for Sex Series by Stan and Brenna Jones to have a tool to work off of in our family.  These begin at age 3. For older children (10-14), the Passport2Purity materials from FamilyLife are a great tool as well, I’m told.