This message was part of the ‘For Such a Time as This’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Gorton in late 2017. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on John 17:20-26
Jesus’ Prayer For Those Who Will Believe
20″I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
What is Identity?
Culture influences Identity
Individual success is what matters in western culture.
County, job, football club, illness, gifting, success, family, and wealth can all be where we place our identity.
Why do humans need an identity:
Maker’s instructions for life: love with all heart, mind, soul, strength.
Worldly identities cannot satisfy. That are not complete. We can only be completed by living in God’s Identity
Jesus prays in John 17:20-26 that we will be one with him as he is one with the Father. Our identity should be in Jesus.
The one true identity we need
Identity from the holy spirit
We are loved so don’t have to strive for it
The holy spirit helps us keep our new identity
Our real identity is not in pursuing success but in enjoying our inheritance riches that are not of this world but literally out of this world.