Sunday, November 4, 2018—Mike Teel, Pastor
FIRM FOUNDATION-OUR IDENTITY: Identity Thief
FOCAL PASSAGE: Matthew 16:13-17 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
THE TRUE TEST OF IDENTITY… Matthew 16:13
1. OTHERS UNDERSTANDING… Matthew 16:14
2. PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING… Matthew 16:15
Peter’s response... Matthew 16:16-17
IDENTIFYING OUR FIRM FOUNDATION
1. THE ROCK SOLID FOUNDATION… Luke 6:47-49
2. OUR ROCK SOLID FOUNDATION
A. EVANGELISM: Matthew 4:19 (KJV), Matthew 4:19 (NIV)
The most important thing in the life of every person is to KNOW FOR CERTAIN when they die they are going to heaven.
B. DISCIPLESHIP: Matthew 4:19
The key word is GROW or GROWING IN CHRIST
We are never too old learn how to apply the riches of God’s truth to our lives… II Peter 3:18
The KEY WORDS is “GO” or “GOING WITH JESUS”
OUR MANDATE: Matthew 28:18-20
THE THIEF COMES TO STEAL
John 10:10... The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Satan steals our identity by persuading us to . . .
Lose the focus of our PERSONAL concern for KNOWING CHRIST (Come, Follow Me)
Limit our PASSION for GROWING IN CHRIST (and I will make you . . .)
Leave out the PURPOSEFUL mandate to GO WITH CHRIST (Fishers of Men)
LIVE IT OUT
Have you lost your zeal…
...to see people KNOWING Christ personally?
...for GROWING in Christ passionately?
...for our mandate to GO with Christ purposefully?
KNOW, GROW, GO!