Category: Identity

We Are New Creations in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

It was great to return to Monday chapel after a bit of a break, continuing our ID: in Christ series in Ephesians. We discovered in Ephesians 4:17–24 that to realize our true identity in Christ, we first must change our thinking. Renewed thinking leads to renewed living.

What we genuinely believe about something affects our actions and how we live. If I believe a stove is hot, I will not touch it. If I believe I am a new creation because of Jesus Christ, I will strive to live a life that honors Him.

We must reject our old self, renew our minds daily, and then embrace our new self. Join us for “We Are New Creations in Christ” as we discover how to change our thinking to embrace fully our new identity in Christ.


We Are Maturing in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

As we continued in our ID: in Christ chapel series yesterday, we came to Ephesians 4. At this point in the book, the Apostle Paul transitions from the first part of the book, where he affirmed our identity in Christ, to practical application of how our identity should influence the way we live our lives.

For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, it is not an effort to check off boxes of do’s and don’ts; that is legalism. Rather, for those who are in Christ, it is a process of allowing the Holy Spirit to mature us into Christlikeness.

Join us as we walk through Ephesians 4:1-16 and discover what a spiritually mature life should look like for a follower of Jesus Christ.

We Are Strong in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

Last Friday it was our privilege to welcome 500+ guests to chapel as part of our #CUFriday visit event. Together we continued our ID: In Christ series, studying Ephesians 3:14-21 — Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus. The apostle in these verses prayed for what he was most concerned about, and despite his own difficult circumstances, his prayer was not for his own well-being. Instead, in humility, Paul prayed that the Ephesian believers would be strengthened through the Spirit so they might comprehend the love of Christ in order to live in the fullness of God. Those words are rich with power and meaning. Listen in as we examine Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers and for us as well.

We Are the Mystery Revealed in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

Continuing in our ID: Identity in Christ series, Monday we looked at Ephesians 3:1-13. In this passage, the Apostle Paul shares with his readers a mystery that was divinely revealed to him. What is this mystery? That it is God’s plan to reconcile Jews and Gentiles in the Church through Christ Jesus.

We are all heirs together in one body, and that body is the Church. We were designed for community with one another, united in purpose, to love and serve together.

Join us as we continue our walk through Ephesians.

ID: We Are United in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

I grew up in a small town in South Carolina. Not everything that happened in my small town was good. I grew up seeing racism firsthand, even in the church where my father pastored. I believe that racism is Satan’s attempt to build up walls that Christ’s blood has broken down. There is no place for it in the body of Christ — or at Cedarville University.

As we continued our walk through Ephesians on Monday in chapel, we studied the unity that comes through our identity in Jesus Christ. In Christ there is no black or white, no Jew or Gentile. The Gospel brings unity, peace, and community to those who walk in it.

Join us in Ephesians 2:11-22 and discover the power of the Gospel to unite us in Christ.

ID: We Are Made Alive in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

In chapel today, we looked at Ephesians 2:1-10, one of the greatest passages in all of the Bible. As we studied together, we felt the weight of the first half of the passage – we were once dead in our trespasses and sins – and the joy of the second half – as followers of Jesus Christ, we have been made alive in Him.

Apart from Christ we were doomed, rebels against the Creator of the universe, but God in His mercy has made us alive, raised us up, and seated us with Him in Jesus Christ so that we may walk in the good works that He has already prepared for us. The spiritually dead are made alive in Christ to do good work for His glory!

Join us as we look at this amazing passage to discover the hope we have in Christ.

We Are in Christ, Part 2

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

In chapel today, we continued our study from last week, “We Are in Christ.”

Looking at Ephesians 1:3-14, we find the heart of the Gospel. We begin with a debt we cannot pay, and end with an inheritance we do not deserve. This message of forgiveness and redemption is strikingly good news for us all.

To discover our true identity, we must stop listening to the voices around us and listen to the One who made us and set us free. Join us as we continue our series ID: in Christ.

ID: We Are in Christ (Part 1)

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

Who am I? Who are you? What is our true identity? There are many things that explain us — our gender, race, hobbies, career, family status — but those things don’t define us. Identity is defined as “the distinguishing character or personality of an individual,” so as followers of Jesus Christ, our true identity can be found only in the One who made us and gave His life for us. Our identity must be found “In Christ.”

Yesterday, we looked at Ephesians 1:3-14, examining the many blessings that the Apostle Paul finds from being “in Christ.” Our heavenly Father chose us before the creation of the world to be His adopted sons and daughters. Like Paul, we should rejoice in our new name and our new position in God’s family.

Join me and the Cedarville family as we continue our series ID: in Christ.

Kicking Off a New Year “In Christ”

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

It was a joy to kick off fall semester on Monday with our first chapel of the academic year and welcome more than 1,000 freshmen and transfer students home to our Cedarville community.

I was also excited to introduce this year’s chapel series – “ID: In Christ.” Each week, we’ll be walking through the book of Ephesians, examining who we are in Christ. We can never be “good enough” to please God; our identity – our true value – is found in the work of redemption that Christ freely offered on the cross. Our identity is not something we do – it’s something that Jesus has already done. Are you in Jesus? That will be the starting point for all of our discussions about our identity. Join us as we begin our walk through Ephesians. (You’ll also hear an exciting announcement and meet a “new” friend!)

As a reminder, all Cedarville University chapels are livestreamed and available in our chapel archive. We hope you’ll join us regularly this year.

2018-19 Sermon Series – ID: in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme
We have an identity crisis in our society. So many people have a wrong perception of who they are and where their value comes from. We are not defined by what we do, what we achieve, or what others may think about us. Our true identity can only be found in Christ – in His redemptive, sacrificial work on the cross on our behalf.

It will be my privilege to walk through the book of Ephesians each week with the Cedarville family as we search for our true identity. Who are you in God’s eyes? You are chosen. You are adopted. You are redeemed. You are forgiven. And you are loved, so very loved.

Watch an introduction to our series below, and plan to join us each week via our livestream or our chapel archive.


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