#Echo13 :: Matt Chandler – Identity in Christ

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Matt Chandler serves as lead pastor of The Village Church in Highland Village, TX. He describes his 7 year tenure at The Village as a re-planting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 people to over 5000 including two satellite campuses (Denton and Northway). Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid, and Norah.

Identity in Christ

  • Galatians 3
  • I think you have a difficult job, because you have jobs in the kingdom that people notice when they go bad, but don’t notice when they go right.
  • I need to get underneath you being creative, and me not being creative. We are first and foremost children of God.
  • You and I are children of God. There is a dark spiritual force in our lives that perpetually wants us to drift away from our identity being anchored in the love of God.
  • This drift isn’t just a possibility, but a probability. We need to look at Galatians 3 to find an anchor for our soul.
  • Before we’re geeks and creatives, we are children of God.
  • “Watch out that you are not deceived.” – Jesus
  • This isn’t written to unbelievers. Jesus is talking to believers in telling them to be careful.
  • You think you’re doing awesome? Be careful, at that moment and be on guard.
  • You must always guard your heart and your mouth.
  • If the people of God are good at anything, it’s drifting away from the grace of God.
  • Resist the drift away from your identity in Christ towards our identity in what you do.
  • Paul says, “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?”
  • The churches in Galatia did not publicly see Jesus die on the cross. But they received the message that Jesus has died for their sins.
  • In that moment when God saved me, He opened up my heart and my mind, and gave me a love for him.
  • The best way to buy into the idea that you don’t need God, is when you hangout with horrible people.
  • I was an evil man, and that’s where God came in and saved me.
  • While I was at my worst, Christ died for me.
  • Did your heart get transformed because you were awesome? Or while you were yet sinners, did Christ die for you?
  • In Christ, God delights in you. Not some future version of you.
  • The cross of Jesus Christ has outed everyone of us as always and forever in need.
  • You are going to in some way at some time suffer. Because the call to Jesus is to join him in his suffering.
  • There’s no way around it. So it’s important that you understand that before it arrives.
  • Suffering is redeemable if in the end it pushes us to the Lord.
  • If suffering moves us away from the Lord then it is in vain.
  • The Lord is not cruel to wound you, if in that wound he grants himself to you.
  • Don’t let suffering be in vain.
  • God’s most powerful works aren’t occurring because you’ve figured out the code to get him to work.
  • It’s by faith that cue up communication pieces. It’s by faith that we build out the creative elements of a service.
  • Crowd gathering is not the goal given to the church. Disciple making is the goal given to the church.
  • We don’t do showmanship.
  • The videos that you create have never saved anyone. It’s God who saves people.
  • God’s primary methodology is to flow through morons like you and I.
  • God is actively working to move people into our services, and awaken someone’s heart and mind to the reality of his name.
  • He may use elements of our service, but he’s not working because of what we’re doing.
  • If you’re trying to find your identity in what you do or don’t do, you’re building a straw house.
  • Your job is a sucky substitute for a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Pay attention as you read the Bible. People are a mess, and God loves them and forgives them.
  • God is at work in the mess.
  • Walk in a community that has a passion to celebrate the grace of God. 
  • Please guard the culture of your team. Don’t sit around and complain.
  • As a pastor, I will never fully understand all that you do, but you shouldn’t need us to understand. I try to encourage my team. 
  • Lean into God’s delight of you.
  • When you are in isolation, cutting a video, rewiring a sound board, wading through criticism, in that moment lean into the reality that God delights in you.
  • Anchor your hearts in the gospel.

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