Sermon Notes 2023 11 05 AM

November 05, 2023 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#1 in series)

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This is Gospel Living: The Gospel and Identity


John 1:19-23


  • You never __ the gospel; you grow into the gospel.
  • The gospel is not just the good news that saves; it is the good news that sanctifies.
  • The gospel is not only what we need to be saved; the gospel is what we need to live as __ people.


Big Concept: You have to know who you __ to know who you __. God defines our identity.


  • Our identity is NOT determined by our physical __.
  • Our identity is NOT determined by our current __.
  • Our identity is NOT determined by our past __.
  • Our identity is NOT determined by our self-__.
  • Our identity is defined by __.


If you are a follower of Jesus Christ (one transformed by the gospel), here’s your true identity. You are…

The salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13)

The light of the world (Matt. 5:14)

A child of God (part of His family) (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16)

Part of the true vine (John 15:1, 5)

Christ’s friend (John 15:15)

Chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (John 15:16)

A personal witness of Christ (Acts 1:8)

A slave of righteousness (Rom. 6:18)

Enslaved to God (Rom. 6:22)

A joint heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17)

A temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19)

Joined to the Lord and one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17)

A member of Christ's body (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:30)

A new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)

Reconciled to God and a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19)

A son of God and one in Christ (Gal. 3:26-28)

An heir of God (Gal. 4:6-7)

A saint (1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:1; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2)

God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)

A fellow citizen in His family (Eph. 2:19)

A prisoner of Christ (Eph. 3:1; 4:1)

Righteous and holy (Eph. 4:24)

A citizen of heaven, positionally seated in heaven right now (Eph. 2:6; Phil. 3:20)

Hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)

An expression of the life of Christ (Col. 3:4)

Chosen of God, holy, and dearly loved (Col. 3:12)

Chosen and dearly loved by God (1 Thess. 1:4)

A son of light and not of darkness (1 Thess. 5:5)

A holy brother, partaker of a heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1)

A partaker of Christ (Heb. 3:14)

A living stone (1 Pet. 2:5)

A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation (1 Pet. 2:9-10)

An alien and stranger to this world (1 Pet. 2:11)

An enemy of the devil (1 Pet. 5:8)

Born of God, and the evil one (the devil) can't touch you (1 John 5:18)

A sheep of His pasture (Ps. 23; 100)