We continue our series in worship this weekend on Giving Up. Pastor Chuck is talking about labels this week. Read on for the front-page article from the Announcements this week.

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Do you remember the old grade school rhyme about name-calling and insults? Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. As it turns out, words are usually more painful than the sticks and stones. The labels that people assign to us—or even the labels we take on ourselves—shape who we are and how we live.

The world has lots of labels for us. Failure. Broken. Worthless. Mistake. Unloved.

Jesus came to cut through the labels we’ve been assigned or taken upon ourselves. He has come to give us new “labels” as it were:

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

The labels that Satan and the world would use to cut us down and draw us away from God are removed in Christ and replaced with life-giving labels. Instead of servants, Jesus calls us friends. Instead of sinners, Jesus declares us saints because of his sacrifice. Instead of slaves, we are called free.

What labels are you struggling under right now? How does Jesus cut through them?