101 | Claiming a New Identity | George Hinman
Claiming a New Identity | new birth
John 3:5 & Titus 3:1-8
April 29, 2018
Pastor George Hinman
Introduction: The scripture passages for our study this week involve two individuals with very different backgrounds. In John 3 Jesus has a nighttime conversation with Nicodemus, a Jewish leader who recognizes the kingdom of God in the person and work of Jesus. By contrast, Titus to whom Paul’s letter is addressed is a Greek who did not first convert to Judaism and in fact became a living exhibit in Paul’s visit to Jerusalem (Galatians 2) which sought to establish the church as open to all regardless of ethnic background or personal history. Each faces a central question. How do I gain citizenship in God’s eternal kingdom?
Prayer. Lord Jesus, open our hearts to receive your words and give us the honesty to examine ourselves in light of your gospel message. Amen.
Read: John 3:5 & Titus 3:1-8
- Paul (in Titus 3:3) shows us an ugly picture of what we are without Christ. In which of these areas has God been at work in your life?
- What does it mean for someone to have a new identity in Christ? See 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:27-29; Colossians 3:1-4,10-12; John 15:5; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 8:1
- According to the Titus passage,what is the basis for God saving us? What have we done? What has He done? Where do you find yourself equating what you do with your standing with God?
- What is the power that enables you to try (or even want to try) to do the list in verses 1-2? What resources do you have when it is hard to live into your new identity?
- What changes would you need to make to base your core identity on Jesus? What would need to move aside to make room?
Application: This week try to identify one specific talent, work or accomplishment that you have made a part of your core identity. Practice surrendering that to Jesus daily in prayer and be prepared to share the results with your group.
Pray: Thank you Lord Jesus that your completed work has accomplished salvation for all who respond to you without regard to race, wealth, power, gender or history. Grant us your grace to rest our identities upon that truth. And embolden us to share the hope we have in you with those you place on our path this week. Amen.