Beyond A Name

Isaiah 43:1–4, 1 Peter 1:13–23

Do you know somebody’s ? Of course, you do. You know yours. You know the s of ones. You know the s of friends. You probably know the s of people that are not that close. We sometimes dismiss the importance of s. If we thought about it, though, if someone doesn’t address us by , we wonder if they really know who we are. We wonder if they care.

God’s s to Isaiah tell us that God knows our . God s us by . The Creator knows you by . There is a relationship there. Once we acknowledge the relationship, then what?

Peter reminds us what is fully responsive and reciprocating relationship with God is. Sober-minded. Some immediately attached alcohol to this. It really is about being firmly rooted in Christ, and not inclined to bounce around. Peter explains it as in God’s complete and utter .

God doesn’t just us by . God s us into a life of holiness. The 5 questions below are a modified version of John Wesley’s questions for . They are good for self-reflection and are best in a small trusted group of the same gender.

  1. How is it with your soul?
  2. What are your struggles and successes?
  3. Any sin to confess?
  4. Anything you want to keep secret?
  5. How might the be speaking and moving in your life?

You are ed to a life of holiness. You can live it when ed to Christ.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.