2-2-20 “Identify” Pastor Adam McCain

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Identify – Who Are You?

New Creation


  • EX: Dr John Hollar story about the Dog that lived in the Chicken coup
    • Dog in it’s formative moments Identified w it’s Surroundings
    • Took Dr Hollar months to get that Dog back to it’s original design
  • You will absorb the look/attitudes/values and actions of that to which you identify with.

Identify – to associate in name, feeling, interest, action.

Who are you?

  • Are you the star football player?
  • Are you a democrat/republican/libertarian?
  • Are you a white/black/Hispanic/asian?
  • Are you identified by your:
    • Sexual temptation
    • Past anger episodes
    • Relational failures
    • Educational accomplishments

New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation”

Simon to Peter

Matthew 16:13-18

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.


  • Caesarea Philippi
    • 30 miles away from Galilee region
    • The base of Mt Hermon
      • Spring came up out of the Mt
    • Herod Philip kept Pan Worship
      • God of Fertility/Image of a Goat/Prostituion.,etc
    • Hates of Hell
      • The pagans believed this cave was the gate to the underworld where fertility gods lived during the winter.
      • This place was a place of perversion and wickedness
  • Who do the people say I am?
    • A prophet/A representation of God/A miracle worker
    • Jesus is not a good prophet. He is more than a miracle worker.  He is the Savior.  No man come to the father except through Him!
  • You are the Christ the Son of the Living God
    • Simon finally identifies with Christ as the Savior. He probably like the excitement of hanging with Jesus.  The miracles were cool.  But this is obviously the moment of supernatural Identification because Jesus responds with “WOW!!!”.
    • Peter Identifies Jesus properly so Jesus identifies him properly
  • You are Peter
    • Jesus doesn’t say I’m gonna call you Peter…You are Peter!
    • You are not the goof off. You are not the ignorant fisherman
    • You are the first to really get it! You are Identified with me
    • Peter= petros (a rock)
    • Upon this “Rock” = petra (a collection of rocks that made a slab)
    • Jesus is saying your Identification with me is the first pebble within a great slab of pebbles that

Name Change

EX:  When POP adopted me my name Changed

EX: Frontline Special years ago

  • Young Man said I never really wanted to live the life of a Christian
  • He never made the Identity Change

Keys to your Identity Change:

  1. Recognize who Jesus is
    • Peter said “you are the Christ, son of the living God”
    • He’s not Santa Claus/Not a prophet….He is the Savior
    • Only after we identify who Jesus is….can we Identify who we are.
  2. Receive your New Identity
    • You are Peter!!
    • We are saved by Faith. You can’t work for a new Identity/you can’t earn it.
    • EX: Witness protection program they give them a New identity
    • Struggle with your “Old” Self but be secure in your “New” self
    • Stop identifying with your old self
    • The old has gone and the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”


  • Sure there is residue
  1. Remove all Old identifications

Ephesians 4:22

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self,


  • Throw out the old wine bottles from when your got plastered and can’t remember how you got home
  • EX: imagine if your spouse still had single as their social media status
  1. Change Your World View
    • EX: IPhone
    • If you are in Christ, then you will love what He loves


  • Who are you? Declare right now.  I am a son/daughter of the most high
  • Determine to remove all the Old identifications

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