Church in Owensboro | Identity Crisis
Church in Owensboro Hey, let’s give all our music people big handclap today or worship team. Thank you again. We appreciate you and it’s good to see you here in in church for sunday 2013. We welcome you here. If it’s one of your first times here, we say:welcome. If you been her a thousand times, we say:welcome, we’ve always got room for more river, city church Church in Owensboro and if we don’t have room will get more buildings were tearing out, walls will create more services, will do what with what it takes as a church. Somebody say amen to that. So go ahead and turn around your neighbor tell him this. This morning said you were lucky to get to sit by me in 2013they’re, blessed to be by you today, they’re sitting by royalty right now and then tried jesse, that’s right there sitting by royal, teeth, sons and daughters of the most high god. It’s good to see you here and i, don’t know about you but I’m pumped for 2013 on your pump to be alive. Another gear I’m glad to be above ground and I plan to make the most of it. He meant I plan to make the most of it and we’re gonna have a great year, I think god for everything. You didn’t 2012 y’all to come back next week and we’re going to celebrate what happened in 2012 and also we’re going to cast vision as a church as where we’re going and what we’re going to do in 2013 I believe that we’re at church that’s going to change, owensboro kentucky, we’re going to change the region and we’re also going to change the world. Church in Owensboro We’re not making any small plans here so y’all to come along and help us change the world so show up next week come and hang out. Church in Owensboro If you have a bible on you this morning, go ahead and open it up. I’m going to spend a little time. On the word about 20 minutes, you can open it up to 2nd corinthians chapter 5 and verse, 72nd corinthians, chapter 5 and verse, 17 and I’m going to pick up there in a minute and jesse and i. We got a got a day or two away actually a day away. We went and spent overnight down in nashville, and it was the first time jesse had left our youngest child overnight, which is about a year old. Now. How many are thankful-and we all should be thankful for somebody-will watch your kids overnight. Somebody give the lord I hand, clap for that. That’s awesome in a jess and important that you do that got little kids that doesn’t do with kids out there, I mean or kids are going to grow up i. Hopefully, I move away. You know what I mean. One of these days are going to move away and we still want to have a marriage whenever that happens. So so we’re down there we’re hanging out and I’ll walking around a mall and I’m learning the older I get to act like I’m happy when I’m in the mall, it’s hard for me, but I’ll, do it on a date and I was watching duck dynasty the other day and duck dynasty jesse likes that that they’re saying that there’s an older guy he’s got his son and the older guybaby. You know I told me, he’s probably 60 65 and the sun’s about my age and the sun’s got all these things to do, and the mother shopping and the dad says this he says willie has yet to learn a lot of things about women. One of them is this. Women made bras is what he said, and the guy just sit down in the chair and watched her brows and shop and i. Think all these years I’ve been staying in the corner aggravated like. Church in Owensboro Can we go yet? Can we go yet I’m going to try and 2013 to sit down and watch jesse brown, so I’m down there learning to browse while i, look through the stuff and I get a phone call and hear the phone call. Somebody was driving a car that that’s registered in my name and they were speeding I’m not going to I’m, not going to say who it was when he was, but but they were speeding and I got they got pulled over and they let him go. Let him go and then he’s getting ready to take off and they run back up to the car and they say I get give me your license again. You get some their license and he says welli didn’t think it was you, but the man who this car is registered in his name. He has a warrant out for his arrest, and so so wayne says why I don’t know what he said, but you got out of there, but more more police officers came even I guess to help arrest at the time, but we thought it was me, and so when calls-and he says he text me and most of time, you’ll text me or call me and say brian, give me a call back when you get a chance, and this text says it’s it’s important that you call me you know, and he says, there’s a warrant out for your arrest and so the wheels. Church in Owensboro In my mind it only turned it’s like you know, I know, i, know, I’ve got a lot of things. I could have been had a warrant for prior to 1998, but I’m trying to think of what I would have done now. You know I’ll rip some tags off of a pillow and it says it punishable by law or disturb you don’t tell him what he’s donehow about a bunch of speeding tickets, maybe I didn’t pay one, and so I called david johnson attorney on the front row good friend of mine, and he calls and starts to work it out. Church in Owensboro
Church in Owensboro Here’s what he finds out after period of time. There is another brian gibson who was also born in 1977 somewhere in the state of kentucky. If you know him tell him I send my regards and I love him. Alright, I’m praying for him and then apparently that brian gibson shares a birthday with me, a first and a last name with me, but we don’t share the same middle initial and there’s a warrant out for his arrest. If you know him better call and say, we’ve got some important business we need to talk about. You need to call me back now. Listen what I had yesterday for a little while was what some people might refer to as an identity crisis. Somebody say:identity crisis. You know, identity is important in it who people think we are who they say. We are what they think about us or identity is what we call ourselves, what others call usdogs doing in our life and I’ll? Tell you what, when I look across the landscape of america, also as a pastor when I look across the landscape of a church, a lot of times, I see identity crisis that people are having in their life when we think about identity crisis, you might be thinking about, maybe maybe a middle-aged person they’re having a midlife crisis and I’ve totally been reworked. Head-to-toe lady thinks she’s dressing like an si model, all the time now or a guy, that’s going back and put it on the letterman’s jacket and he’s 45 going on 18 or maybe, when you think about an identity crisis, you’re thinking about the teenage kid who didn’t have a strong background and he’s searching for himself or the girl, that’s looking for themselves and that they’re changing their flow. Who they are, who they hang with their style, every 2 or 3 weeks? All of those things are dangerous, but what’s so dangerous in the church is when we as born-again believers in the lord jesus christ, don’t understand our identity in christ and we still identify with who we were beforewe met him more than we identify with who he’s made us after his death burial and resurrection, and if we can get our identities straight, we can get our life straight. Somebody say amen to that. It’s just true lots of times. People come in those say to me:they say:pastor i, don’t know what god wants out of my life or i, don’t know cuz, we preach about vision, and we talked about purpose a lot around here and i. Don’t just think wrong. We are at the sucker i. Church in Owensboro Think we’re here to do something for the kingdom of god and people will be like what I’m trying to find my purpose listen most of the time people who can’t find their purpose. It’s because they don’t understand their identity. Just yet who I am breaks open, pathways to figure out what should I be doing and I want you to understand who you are in jesus christ of nazareth I want you to have a strong christ based identity. Somebody say amen to that today, corinthians chapter 17 I want to show youpictures of quoted scripture. This is a memorize scripture. Some of you probably have this on a coffee, mug, but I want it in all of our hearts as a church and here’s what the apostle paul wrote about each and everyone of us. He says. Church in Owensboro Therefore, if anyone is in christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away. Behold all things have become new. How many of you out there in the sound of my voice would consider yourself in christ. Are you bored going to be called on the name of jesus for salvation? Let’s say they say I’m in christ to go to confession. I’m in christ says:if you’re in christ, you are a new creation, but your brand-spanking-new, just like there’s been a brand new, year 2013, there’s a brand-spanking-new you the moment you say yes to jesus. All things have died that old person you used to be he’s already been buried, he’s been murdered, he been he’s been killed or she’s been killed and they had it coming. Didn’t they let you know that there’s a tombstone right now in the spirit realm, with their name onold things have passed away behold how many things have become new, not some not a few things, not not this and that, but all things have become new year’s. What I want you to know? The first thing I want you to know about your identity is if there was a brand new, you two are brand-spanking-new. Somebody Say:i’m new, come on, say it like you mean it I’m new one, more time. I’m new, but I get you to say those things. You’ll start believing those things, so I’m, a new creation. That’s what I want you to identify with I’m, not who I used to be. You know. I’ve got a background way back then, before I got born again and use it not preaching to tell my testimony cuz, it connects with some people, but I don’t identify. What do I was before I got born again and I got i, got saved out a drug culture, and you know how to diction, to my background, methamp and alcohol and stuff like that. Church in Owensboro But but I’ve got some new stories since, when jesus save me in 1998 and I plan on having some more news stories about what god is going to my life, selma brand new creature see myself like that. I got to think like that. I got to talk like that. So many of us, we think of ourselves as as we used to be, we think about ourselves because of stigmas that were attached to us or maybe something a parent. Or, maybe the lack of apparent-maybe maybe friends, maybe co-workers, maybe somebody label do they try to put an identification on you that god never intended to come on your life and what you have to do now is a born-again believers. Church in Owensboro
Church in Owensboro Take that fake id take that identity crisis, throw it down, put your foot on its neck, take authority over and said. That’s not true about me anymore. I am brand-spanking-new, I’m different! You know I’m at the opportunity to to go around the world permissions and I’ve been in a lot of different country sinks in a lot of different stuff. Church in Owensboro The bible literally says the gospel should take us around the world says it will set you before kings and it’s amazing what the gospel does if you’ll give yourself to proclamation of the gospel to reaching and witnessing to people southeast asia numerous times to some of you here at the church, have been in thailand as well and does something they like to do. The missionaries there when we come from the west to the show us something we can’t do here every day is all after we’re done with the missions trip or what not they’ll take you riding elephants and and how many mil been over there with us and written elephant. Anybody in there right there right there right there, where we vote right there, when we’ve all been there over here in an elephant, and you go ride these elephants in at the end of the time when you’re riding elephants, then there’s an elephant show and it it’s kind of amazing and balls, and they do tricks, they stand up. They do this some other two step and they got skills are line dancing elephants, they they got country music, they like their and then after. After all of that built, don’t even paint they take their. Church in Owensboro You know this thing:whatever this is, and a trunk and I don’t know what they do to make these elephants do this I’m sure you know peter would have a field day with it, but they get these elephants to paint pictures. The most impressive thing to me:whenever I saw that elephant show or the thing that kind of kind of bafflement is there are these giant thousands of pound animals and some of them are standing and their tethered like this they’re, not typing anything of substance. Some of them in looks just like almost like a string and that string will go off of that elephant and I’m not around a little bit east it just sticking in the ground and you’re. Looking at that elephant and looking at that string and looking at that stick-and you know that multiple thousand pound animal can break that string break that stick at any moment. But he just stands there tether to the thing like he doesn’t have power to get away and what happened why the elephant stands. There is some time he was a little bitty elephant. Somebody came by with, with with something and tied off his foot, cut his leg to something that went deep down into the ground, anchor that elephant type of something he did not have the power to break away from that elephant jerking at ella fault, but elephant try to get it to put free, but it couldn’t do it and a day finally came to that elephant gave up and it just stood there since then that elephants been growing but elephants been getting stronger, but elephants been getting bigger than elephants been getting fatter. That elephants, something they could tell the entire house down, but it’s still sees itself as something small tied to something that can’t break free from do you know what so many people like in the church there like an elephant than their tether to something from when their past they got tied to, they think they can’t break away. But now one is inside of you that is greater than he, that is in the world, and all the power that move heaven and earth and raised christ from the dead dwells in you, and nothing should keep you tethered to a little bit of stick anymore, you’re, bigger and better than that. Somebody say:amen see a lot of people view themselves as they were, not as they are in reality. I want you to see yourself, as you really are:get your identity straight and then you’ll have everything it’s called you to have. You are a new creation. Second thing I’ll say about your identity. Is you are just everybody say, just look at romans chapter 5, verse, 1, romans, chapter 5, verse, 1, here’s what it says about the born-again believer there for having being been justified by faith. We have peace with god through our lord jesus christ. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with god through our lord jesus christ. The scripture says that you are not only a new creation but that you are also justified. That means you’re, just in the eyes of god you’re right with god, to be justified of her to explain like this to be just as if I never send you been made right, you’ve been clean. Some of you were walking around beating yourself up and you have been for years, maybe because of a past self failure, because we’re past send maybe it’s because of some sort of addiction or some sort of problem or or or something in your past and you’ve been right everywhere. You go that things tied to get well. The scripture says that that thing is no longer attached to you. That god is freed. You from your sin that you’re no longer guilty in his eyes, but you have been justified. You were right. You are righteous. There is a court system in the heavenlies. If you will, the bible says there was one lawgiver and there was one judge and his name is jesus and he is a right just like standing judge and he demanded that every man, every woman will give an account for their actions and all of us will stand before god someday.
Church in Owensboro Do you know that the bible says every man will stand before the judgement seat of christ? Here’s what we have on our side as born-again believers. The scripture says that the same god was a law giver and a judge step down into his own legal system. What strong in our place on our court date was nailed to a cross and given a death sentence that we might go free than that death sentence was executed upon him and he was placed I’m on the third day resurrected and he has paid my debt no longer guilty, but I’ve been free, not guilty. You go no charge. No penalty. I am justified. Your sims are remembered. No more is that good news, your sims are remembered. No more I must’ve been a lot more sending it to me all day, because that’s that’s great news. Church in Owensboro Look up trade news. Look at your neighbor just say:you’re, just tell him that your new ideas, you’re just third thing i, want you to see about your new id today is that you are complete. Somebody Say:i’m, complete turn on colossians chapter 1, verse, 10, your new you’re just you are also complete the idea of being complete. Here’s what it says and you are complete in him who is the head of all principality and power. The born-again believer is complete. That’s. What christ comes to do? He comes to complete you and I know. We look at people in the natural. In the moment they say yes to jesus their whole life doesn’t always look perfect. It’s not the way it works. Church in Owensboro It takes some time there’s some things that work out of the inside of us. Our salvation starts in our heart and then it begins to work out into other parts of our life, but in the spiritual realm. Church in Owensboro Whenever you receive jesus, you have been made complete, so many people are running around there already completed on the inside, but they don’t know it. They got an identification with brokenness, some of them identified with where they home from weather problems are, but maybe maybe broken, homer or a broke part of town that becomes identity for some people and they were going to identify with a broken or missing element in their life. Instead of identifying, with the completeness that jesus has brought to their spirit, listen, you have been made complete in him. Whatever was broken or whatever was missing from you in the past. He feels it and you got to get to a point as a christian where jesus is just enough. You know what I mean I’m, not saying, lay down and quit trying to do more or have more or go after more I want I’m four things growing and doing better I live for that I want it I long for that. I want that for all of your lives, but more acquisition or more power or more success or more money or more of whatever you think you want. Church in Owensboro Will never complete you, the only place will ever be made truly complete is in him and all of us I’m somewhere else to be made complete. So many of us are, you know the kid in high-school says:if I just get out of school, then life will be perfect in the college. Kids going there or maybe they’re starting a career, and they say if I just get married, then life will get perfect and then they get married. How many know that your spouse has no power to complete you? What was the jerry maguire? Do you complete me what what a lie? It’s not possible! Your spouse can’t make you happy. They can make you miserable, but they can’t make you happy. Church in Owensboro Somebody say amen to that huh they don’t have the power to do that. No human can complete you, it’s not possible, there’s only one that can complete you. His name is jesus christ of nazareth and weeping made complete in him and I’ll. Tell you I am single people get that lesson to only be complete in him. Marry people quit looking at your spouse to make you complete. Church in Owensboro They don’t have the power to call on them to do something that they’re not ever going to be able to do it’ll, be continual disappointment, jesse’s married to the greatest guy on earth, but still i. Don’t have the power to complete our the last thing. I’ll say about your identification I’m looking at you and you are not less than you are not chunk. You are not cut rate garbage you’re, not yard, sale, stuff. Your first class, the bible says this in the book of ephesians ephesians, chapter 2 and verse 10, it says, for we are his workmanship created in christ jesus for good works. You are his workmanship, somebody say I’m created by him. Church in Owensboro You know the maker of the heavens and the earth is created you and designed you and made you some of us from the pastor. Maybe things have been spoken over us or told us that that we don’t measure up, but the truth of the matter is:is your first class that your top drawer that that you’re a cut above that you’re the finest that there is to be had out there you’re something special you’re different? You are his workmanship, the same creator of the heavens and the earth, the one that made the mountains, the one that made the valleys, the one that created the constellation and the stars within them that holds them in their place, buys word right now. He wanted to create a you and he had it from the foundation of time that you were going to come into the kingdom for such a time as this you’re not less than your identification. Is that you’re a first class citizen? Would you stand up on your feet with me today, so powerful that you know who you are in christ? Some of you need and beautification ship you need to switch. Church in Owensboro
Church in Owensboro You need to start by making a choice and I’m not going to see myself as I used to see myself I’m not going to see myself as my my high school buddies song, I’m, not going to see myself, as my co-workers might have seen me before I’m at christ I’m, going to see myself in a brand new light. If I can get you to see yourself in that light, and we can’t believe that about you. All things will become possible to get and your walk in your vision. You don’t we’ll be careful like the way we talked to her kids jesse we’re careful the way we talk to our kids, because we want them to get the right idea who they are. We want them to get the right identification, so they can grow into that. Church in Owensboro We don’t want them living out, something that bit. That’s not true about them. So i, look at my kids, I say things like this to mama, say:you’re, beautiful, you’re, wonderful, there’s! Nobody else like you you’re, so smart you’re, old world, changer, you’re, you’re, a history maker, but I’m blessed just to be around you you’re a genius kid. You know that I’ll tell him you’re, smarter than all the other kids at church. You just want to know that I don’t do that, but I would I mean I really would do the same thing for your kids. You know you’re the smartest you’re, the prettiest you’re, the best! Don’t let it go to your head would do the same thing for you. I think he wants you to get his id in your life think he looks at you and he says me and you’re. My kids you’re worth me sending my son and dine for your you’re, the smartest you’re, the prettiest you’re the best. Church in Owensboro Would you close your eyes with me today, father in jesus, mighty name i? Thank you that we get the right, id the right identification, your identification and that we flow and walk into it, and every area of life, I pray for all of the people with no longer save themselves what they used to be. Let them say what they’re becoming. Let them say what you have made them I pray that we would change the way we use our tongue because life and death are in the power of the tongue. I just declare in jesus mighty name that that the right id is coming up in our spirit and it’s blowing into every area of our lives in jesus, mighty, mighty name, i, pray and the church said:amen, amen, amen,, skip jesus, one more hand, clap in here praise the lord Church in Owensboro