The People of God

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I BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH 2. THE PEOPLE OF GOD

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I BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH MANY QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER Who do you consider to be “your people”? Who are the people you have felt close to over the years? How important are these people to who you are? What has that got to do with church?

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I BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH I BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH 3 MAIN SECTIONS: A look at the Old Testament People of God A look at the New Testament People of God The journey that defines us

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I BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH WHAT IS THE PEOPLE OF GOD? Exodus 19:3-6 New International Version (NIV) 3   Then Moses went up to God, and the  Lord  called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel:  4  ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  5  Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,  6  you [ a ]  will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

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I BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH WHAT IS THE PEOPLE OF GOD? 1 Peter 2:9-10 New International Version (NIV) 9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  10  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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-Their identity was forged in unique way! -They were a people because of a dramatic encounter with the living God -They became the People of God through their journey with God THE OLD TESTAMENT PEOPLE

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-We too are a people in a unique way -We too a people because of a dramatic encounter with the living God – in Jesus Christ -We too become the People of God through our journey with God THE NEW TESTAMENT PEOPLE

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THE JOURNEY

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THE JOURNEY

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THE JOURNEY

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I BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH I BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH CONCLUSION: The Church is the New Testament People of God Our journey together helps us find out who we are and who He is It is only together that we can really become who we were meant to be

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