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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