D.N.A., Jesus in me (Part 7) “I Am an Extension of God” (John 15:5)
Theme:Abiding in Christ
Introduction: We have been studying our DNA, Jesus in me to help us better understand who we are “in Christ.” Our test results have proven all those who are in Christ, “Are a children of God, New creations, clothed in Christ, the temple of God, the body of Christ, and the chosen ones of God.” And finally, today we will see, “We are an Extension of God.” And what that means. In our text Jesus uses an image that reveals the privilege we have of sharing His life and how we are an extension of Him in ours, as He lives and works in and through us. In Jesus teaching, Jesus shows that His desire is for His disciples and us to discover the most vital relationship we have in our lives, is the one that is with Jesus and His Father – one that will produce spiritual fruit in and through us. Few people realize there is such a thing as spiritual fruit and that it is actually expected to be a part of our Christian lives. Fewer people realize the purpose of the fruit. Spiritual fruit is far more than a tool to make us better Christians. When God’s power shows itself through our spiritual fruit, it enables us to be His witnesses… and by it we attract people to Christ. This is how God works through the followers of Jesus Christ to accomplish His work and will in the world today. Jesus said it this way: (Matt. 5:16). Nothing makes the kingdom of God more compelling to unbelievers than Christians who as an extension of God, demonstrate Spiritual fruit in their lives! As Jesus walked with his Disciples, perhaps He reached out and took a vine in His hands and used it to teach an object lesson to His men.
Conclusion: It is clearly God’s intention that every believer be a fruit bearing branch to the glory of God. This is because, God is still working through the followers of Jesus Christ to accomplish His work and will in the world today. Nothing makes the kingdom of God more compelling to unbelievers than Christians who demonstrate Spiritual fruit in their lives as we live as an extension of God. According to our scriptural DNA, this is who we are, as His branches, and as we bear much spiritual fruit by His power, we are an extension of God!
D.N.A., Jesus in Me (Part 6) “I Am a Chosen One of God” (1 Peter 2:9)
Theme: Living out our position as reps of Christ
Introduction: We have been studying our Spiritual DNA results of Jesus in me. Some have found out some new and shocking truths about who they are in Christ through this study. DNA testing can reveal some shocking results (and not always the good kind). Today, we come to one of those shocking spiritual DNA discoveries our selves (but, ours “Good news!”) If we are in Christ, we know God is our Father. But, what we may not know is, what that makes us! Today we discover; we are not just a child of God, hidden in Christ, the temple and body of God. “We are a chosen one of God!” and a special people. Being a Chosen one of God, means at least three things are true of every one of us….
Conclusion: Maybe today you’re a little like Ariel. Some of your suspicions have been verified. Maybe you kind of already knew what you were in Christ, you just need to be affirmed. Maybe some of these DNA results have caught you by surprise – You didn’t know you were all of this as a chosen one of God – But you are (everyone one of us in Christ today)… is a chosen one of God…A special people…A holy and royal priesthood.
D.N.A., Jesus in Me (Part 5) “I Am the Body of God” (1 Corinthians 12:27)
Theme: Being a part of the body – membership
Introduction: As believers, we are all made of different parts, ethnicities, backgrounds, political views likes and dislikes. Yet out of this random mix – everyone one of us is related spiritually (in fact we are all brothers and sisters in Christ). More directly we are all a part and in whole, “The body of Christ!” Like we are all a part of our community, it takes us all to make a community. We are all (who are “in Christ”) the body of Christ and it takes us all to make up that body! The way DNA works, is it looks at the genes people share in common which matches them to family ties. The Spiritual DNA gene we all share in common is, that we are all “in Christ” baptized into Him by the Holy Spirit. (12-14). Paul (like a great DNA reveal) reminds us, in our text today: “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” (1 Cor 12:27). The subject of the Body of Christ is perhaps the greatest subject there is in understanding Christian relationships. We don’t know who we are or where we belong without understanding it. But, once we do understand it, we understand our obligation to God, our relationship to Him through Christ and our obligation and relationship to every other believer. (Let’s begin by understanding…)
Conclusion: While we all need to understand we all come from somewhere. We are all different, we are all imperfect. But, our scriptural DNA shows, we have family here today. Because, “in Christ,” we are the church, which is “the body of Christ!”
D.N.A., Jesus in Me (Part 4) “I Am the Temple of God” (1 Corinthians 19, 20)
Theme: Living as the temple or living place of Christ
Introduction: If you look around you, people generally look the same. For the most part, we have the same body parts, we all talk, we walk, we converse, we see, and we hear. On the outside, you would think people are just people. But, God said it is what is on the inside that counts. Jesus sees only two types of people in the world, and the difference between them is the Holy Spirit. One type of person has the Holy Spirit living inside him, and the other type does not. Our spiritual DNA test provided by scripture completely changes our perspective and our position in life. We are not who we used to be in the body! Like a surprise DNA test result, the Apostle Paul asks, “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” In our text, Paul is writing to the church at Corinth (and us today). Paul is addressing these believers at Corinth to correct many errors in both their private and public behavior that were not becoming of who they were in Christ. (He is reminding them and us of the DNA which shows we belong to Jesus! As such…
Conclusion: Paul says, knowing we are the temple of God, we should live like it! Can you imagine the difference and the impact we will have on this community when we do this??
D.N.A., Jesus in Me (Part 3) “I Am Clothed in Christ” (Galatians 3:27, 28)
Theme: Living united with Christ in mind and spirit
Introduction: Today we are too much about what we do and not enough about what we are! Knowing who I am, explains a lot about what I do! The study of DNA, tells us who we are! Doing a scriptural DNA test, tells us who we are now. The Christian life is a changed life! We know this because scripture verifies it over and over (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20) But, the Christian life is also an exchanged life (Gal. 2:20; 3:27) If who we are explains why we do what we do, let the evidence be revealed; my DNA of Jesus in me shows me, I have exchanged my life for Christ’s and I am now “clothed in Christ!” In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he is explaining how a life of faith, is a life lived by being clothed in Christ (How it works)…
Conclusion: Our life is hidden in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit who baptizes us (makes us one) with Christ, which changes our behavior (in mind, spirit and walk) and makes us one with the body (all others who are in Christ) who can encourage us – and who we can encourage to be and live who they are! My DNA, Jesus in me says, “I am one who is clothed in Christ!” That’s who I am!
D.N.A., Jesus in Me (Part 2) “I Am New in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Theme: What it means to be new in Christ
Introduction: The purpose of DNA testing is of course to tell us who we are. A persons DNA provides the basis of every aspect of a person’s genetic make-up, including their ancestry. So you can imagine when DNA testing provides shocking results you are not prepared for. When we who are in Christ do a scriptural DNA test we too discover who we truly are! The phrase to “be in Christ,” means to be united to Christ by faith; or to be in him as the branch is in the vine. Being “in Christ” is both a complete transformation of me and a continual work God is doing to me. Being “in Christ” means “I am New in Christ! And as a believer and follower of Christ, this is who I truly am! In order for us to understand the test results of our spiritual DNA – we must understand three things:
Conclusion: Like the ladies who were shocked, or the fellow who finally felt complete or the guy who didn’t want to admit it… our DNA tells us who we really are! And scripture is clear – My DNA, of Jesus in me tells me, I am new “in Christ!”
D.N.A., Jesus in Me (Part 1) “I Am a Child of God” (John 1:12)
Theme: How we become children of God
Introduction: As most of us know, D.N.A. testing has become a very popular science. The purpose of D.N.A. testing is to find out who we are. A persons D.N.A. provides the basis of every aspect of a person’s genetic make-up (including ancestry). In an Australian court case where D.N.A. tested samples were used as evidence, the jury was told the chance of matching DNA evidence to any other suspect was one in forty-three trillion. In this sermon series “DNA, Jesus in me,” we want to do biblical testing to come up with the results of who we are in Christ! Over the next seven weeks, we want to reveal those test results so that when we say: “Just be Jesus” We not only know, who we are but, we’ll know what it means! It is our aim through this series to discover our true identity so that we will not lose sight of who we are destine to be “In Christ.” The DNA of a child of God is…
Conclusion: It is our enemy the devil’s goal to keep us from discovering our true identity “in Christ”! The last thing he wants you to know is who you are in Christ so that we will never discover what we are destine to be “In Christ.” But, this is my DNA! This is who I am with Jesus in me! And to live this out and share it with others is what means to be Jesus to others!