Identity — Changed — 1 Peter 2.9…Handout

Are you ever amazed at how fast time goes by? I know a minute is a minute, but some are really slow, Right? As time marches forward, we come to rely on certain things, Like a cellphone or a device. We once paid for texts and minutes and now, data is sold in packages, with subscriptions. Then some things are the same, ____ years you were bald, and still are. 1 Peter 2:9~You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a______ (ἅγιος hagios) nation, God’s very own possession…(NLT) Identity: Holy, Relationship, Change.

1) You are_______ of a Holy Nation. Holy means, set apart. Think sacred, pure, morally blameless, consecrated to God. Are you different today, than you were when you started following Jesus? Yes / No The moment we begin our journey with Jesus, our whole life shifts towards God and we began to_________. 2 Corinthians 5:17~Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has______, the new is here! (NIV) Salvation is the beginning of a life long journey of change. 

2) Relationship, Not________. God’s calling is, as it always has been, for us to be holy. He reminds us in Leviticus 19:2; Leviticus 20:7; Leviticus 20:26; Leviticus 21:8; Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 1:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:7 that we are to be holy. Belonging to God means we are in a________ committed relationship with Him, and not just trying to live by the rules. 2 Chronicles 16:9~For the. eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully_________ to him…(ESV) To not be like Asa, who was faltering in his faith, we must keep working on our_____________with the Lord who is looking to strengthen us. What does God desire to have with you? A personal____________. Life is not just about rules. Isaiah 28:1 & 10~Woe to the crown of pride…For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there. (ESV) Say this, God wants a personal relationship with____. The change being brought about in our lives is from the_______ out. We are made holy because God is holy. 2 Corinthians 5:21~God made______ who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (NIV) I want to encourage you that God is still working in your life. Philippians 1:6~being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (NIV)

3)_____ do we change? By killing the self, of course. 1 Peter 1:14~As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, (ESV) We must live a consecrated life, whereby we are re-molded in our minds, proving in practice God’s plan. Pete says, Don’t ______ back into your old ways of living. Paul says be crucified with Christ. (Galatians 2:___) This means the old person we were is_______to a cross. The old deeds are buried and gone. We are made new in Christ. 1 Peter 1:13~Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (ESV) How do we do actually do this? We Take-A-Step:__________________________________________________.

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