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Beyond the Walls - Our Identity Crisis

Beyond the Walls is a weekly email to help Christ followers move beyond the walls of their church buildings, homes, comfort zones, and culture to engage people where we live, work and play with the Gospel.


I am convinced that one of the greatest crises we face in the Body of Christ today is a crisis of identity.  “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).  When we come into a relationship with Christ, He doesn’t make us a better person.  We don’t become the improved version of who we already are.  We become new creations!  We are given a new identity.  We are no longer dead in sin but alive in Christ (Romans 6:11; Ephesians 2:4-5).  Our bodies are now temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

It is through understanding our new identity in Christ that we are empowered to 'Join Jesus in His Mission' to seek and save the lost.

As you well know, going beyond the walls to engage people with the Gospel where we live, work and play require us to go beyond the walls of our…

  • Fears;
  • Prejudices;
  • Preferences; and
  • Cultures

We have to leave our comfort zones.  And that can be intimidating.  But if you understand your true identity in Christ, you can move beyond the walls with courage and confidence.

So…who are you?  In the next few weeks, we will be looking at our identity in Christ. We will especially look at those aspects of our new identity that relates to our calling to go and make disciples. 

In closing, let me leave you with a few identity statements to encourage you as you go beyond the walls this week:

  • You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)
  • You are an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)
  • You are a Spirit-empowered witness for Christ (Acts 1:8)

Now go and walk in your true identity!

For the Fame of His Name!

John Whaley
The Rooftop US

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