Bryan Loritts

The Freedom of Identity

Back to School: Four Life Lessons Everyone Needs to Learn
Aug 22, 2021
1 Corinthians 4:1-5

In this message, our Visiting Teaching Pastor Bryan Loritts continues our Back to School series by teaching about identity and how really understanding who we are in Christ frees us up to truly live!

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The Freedom of Identity

“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.  For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-5


“Who Am I? This or the other? Am I one person today, and tomorrow another? Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others, and before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling? Or is something within me still like a beaten army, fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved? Who am I? They mock me these lonely questions of mine. Whoever I am, thou knowest, O God, I am thine" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer


The Only True Answer to Identity- I Corinthians 4:1-2


Breaking Free- God is Our Judge. I Corinthians 4:4b-5


Breaking Free- People Are Small, God Is Big- I Corinthians 4:3a


“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ”- Galatians 1:10


Breaking Free- Performance Free Living- I Corinthians 2:1-5


“My drive in life comes from a fear of being mediocre. That is always pushing me. I push past one spell of it and discover myself as a special human being but then I feel I am still mediocre and uninteresting unless I do something else. Because even though I have become somebody, I still have to prove that I am somebody. My struggle has never ended and I guess it never will”- Madonna, Vogue Magazine.


And when I, I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God”- 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

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