It’s Sunday morning, and that means that the entire kamp gets coffee cake.
The 4th K-Life of Term 4 was by Andrew Jones, a member of our Programs and leadership team. Andrew spoke to us about who we are in Christ.
Andrew started the night by saying who Jesus is and using His identity. Matthew 3:17 says, “and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 4:3 is when Jesus is fasting forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, and the enemy says, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” We learned that Jesus’ identity was ‘beloved Son’ and ‘Son of God.’ Satan is going after Jesus’ identity in Matthew 4:3 to tempt him, and he does the same to each and everyone of us. The enemy wants us to believe lies about God and also about ourselves.
In a realm where we are constantly worried about our identity, Andrew reminded us that we either receive our identity from the world or from The Word. Often times, we look to find our identity in school, sports, friendships, relationships, and even social media for today’s generation. Social media gives us such a great opportunity to glorify God and make Him known or it gives the enemy such a great opportunity to tear us down. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
To end the night, Andrew gave us three points that stand in truth with who we are in Christ. We are adopted. We are forgiven. We are sealed with the Spirit.
First, we are adopted. Romans 10:9 says, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”
Secondly, we are forgiven. We are all sinners and all guilty yet Jesus paid the penalty for our sins through His blood on the cross. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” His grace abounds!
Lastly, we are sealed with the Spirit of the Living God inside of us. Ephesians 1:13 says, “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.” We are not only flesh and blood, but we have flesh, blood AND the Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts us, It guides us, and It comforts us.