identity matters conference


Identity Matters is an experiential embrace, and an understanding, of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension - in daily living.  This is what we call the Exchanged Life.  When an individual has a born-again experience by faith, it means the Life of Christ comes and indwells the believer through the person-hood of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ Jesus).  The reality of this transformation allows for a true exchange of our old nature, or Adamic history, for that of the Nature of God through Christ.  In knowing this, we become partakers of all that is true about Christ.   Now the believer is in a position to appropriate their true identity in Christ, and begin to live out the righteousness of Christ.

(Galatians 2:20)

We thank Dr. Charles Solomon, Dr. Stephen R. Phinney, David Ritzenthaler, Grace Fellowship International, IOM America, VCL International,

Total Life Ministries & the many editors, designers and authors for their contributions. 




I hereby surrender everything that I am, and have, and ever will be. I take my hands off of my life and release every relationship to You: every habit, every goal, my health, my wealth, and everything that means anything. I surrender it ALL to You. By faith I take my place at the Cross, believing that when the Lord Jesus was crucified, according to Your Word, I was crucified with Him; when He was buried, I was buried; when He was raised from the dead, I was raised with Him. I deny myself the right to rule and reign in my own life and I take up the Cross believing that I was raised from the dead and seated at Your right hand.  I ask that You use this conference to bring the transformation You desire to apply in & through my life.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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These audio messages go hand-in-hand with the teachings presented in the IDENTITY MATTERS CONFERENCE & WORKBOOK. It is for the strict purpose of providing teaching tools for those who are led to communicate these profound messages to others—through sermons, small groups, conferences or private study. Teaching topics include: Basics of Discipleship, Godship, Rejection, External/Internal, Problems, My Flesh, Repentance, Identity Matters, Accepting Your Righteousness, Extending Forgiveness, Seeking Forgiveness, Rest, Abide, & Walk, and Love Life.  To assist your study to be maximized, please obtain a copy of this workbook.

After completing the conference, please fill-in the form at the bottom of this page.



This 3 min. audio unfolds the  founder's foundational beliefs that are found throughout each lesson within the Identity Matters Conference.

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Discipleship in the Making: Many self-proclaimed “Christians” put their entire Christian experience in the day of their Salvation.  Once saved, they continue to function by making use of their own mind, will, and emotions.  

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Mankind attempts to function as their own god in the lives of self, others, and even God. This includes suffering with divorce, suicide, eating problems, depression, or any other common problem with the self-life.  Most of the time, it falls under the category of Godship -finding ways to fix the fix that God has fixed on you to stop fixing life through self-effort. 


Rejection is withholding love from self, others, and God.  There are two types of rejection: overt and covert.  Overt rejection is “obvious or known rejection, i.e. “I hate you.”  Covert rejection is “subtle or unknown rejection, i.e. smiling on the outside while judging on the inside.  Both of these forms of rejection are consequences of Godship applied, either by self or by others.  Without question, we believe that rejection leads to individuals attempting to find life “externally” (Romans 15:7).   

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External/Internal is an individual attempting to gain love, acceptance, and significance from external resources - idolatry. Since Godship sets up “self-rule,” the individual works to turn negative externals into positive ones, by making use of self-effort.



Problems are direct consequences of self-life efforts.  God then uses these problems to bring the believer to the end of their own resources, or self-life, in order to create a dependence on Christ’s Life from within.  We believe that suffering is the key component to learning obedience to Christ Jesus, who actually lives in the born-again believer.  It is these problems that reveal the person’s flesh (Heb. 5:8).



My Flesh exhibits patterns, reactions, and/or sinful actions that reveal (my) an individual’s self-life - trash left behind by the old nature. These fleshly reactions lead the believer to Life (Christ) or death (flesh) decisions. If the believer continues to choose self-life decisions, we believe God will bring this person to the end of himself through consequences formed by their own flesh.  This, without question, leads the person to repentance (Luke 9:23).



Repentance is the process of confessing one’s sins, turning away from the self-life, and returning to a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ from the inside out.  This cannot be done effectively unless the Holy Spirit brings revelation to specific areas of the flesh that rise up against Jesus Christ.  Once true repentance has occurred, the indwelt Christian can begin to apply their identity in Christ to all of life’s situations and circumstances (Psalm 119:59).

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Identity Matters is an experiential embrace, and an understanding, of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension - in daily living.  This is what we call the Exchanged Life.  When an individual has a born-again experience by faith, it means the Life of Christ comes and indwells the believer through the person-hood of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ Jesus). 



Righteousness is an indwelt believer’s expression, function, and lifestyle of releasing the Life of Christ from within. Once a born-again believer begins to appropriate their position in Christ, their condition is soon to change, simply by watching the evidence of His Life being manifested through their mind, will, and emotions. This means that when life’s circumstances are put before him, he can choose to release the Life of Christ to do the doing.

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Extending Forgiveness before God, in prayer, is forgiving anyone who has hurt you.  Once an indwelt believer gets to this point, he is usually quick to release all anger and pain before God, extending forgiveness to those who initially hurt him, and in many cases, is ready to seek forgiveness from others whom he has hurt (Matt. 5:22-24). 

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Seeking Forgiveness is the process of going to an individual whom you have offended by action or reaction, seeking their forgiveness, and restoring the relationship when possible. Once the believer has extended forgiveness before God on how he was hurt, he usually is released to go and seek the forgiveness for his part in the offense.  We find that when a believer reaches this stage of discipleship, he begins to rest, abide, and walk in the Spirit in the truest sense.



Resting, Abiding, and Walking are the result of appropriating true forgiveness in all areas of life.  It is living in the present, releasing the Life of Christ in you to be obedient to the Father through your mind, will, and emotions. When an indwelt believer gets to this point in growth, he is able to confront the self-centered view of life and to embrace the challenge of releasing the mind of Christ from within.  Resting in Christ is a perfect place to be in showing the Love Life of Jesus (Matt. 11:28).



Love Life is the pinnacle of the Christian Life. Once appropriating the aforementioned 10 definitions/steps, the indwelt believer begins to embrace the two primary commandments spoken of by Christ: love the Lord with your whole heart and secondly, love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 1:30-31).  The result is, when we obey we have no condemnation. When we have no condemnation, we have confidence toward God. Then, whatever we ask through Christ, we receive (1 John 3:21-22).

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After completing the conference according to the guidelines, submit your request for your certificate: Here

Suggested Method for Preparing for a Group or Conference:  


  1. Order the Identity Matters Workbook for each participant (order here).  If finances are an issue, please contact us for a FREE PDF of the workbook (submit request here)

  2. Teachers - we strongly recommend that you listen to audios the second time, study the lesson PDFs associated with each lesson and complete the fill-in-the-blanks within the IM Workbook before leading a group through this conference. 

  3. If you are using the conference format, obtain the actual PowerPoint teaching slides used by the author. (request PowerPoint here)

  4. Each time you meet as a group, share the overview of the study you plan to cover. If you are conducting a podcast conference, read through the "Purpose Of This Teaching" diagram.

  5. Prepare them for the audio they are about to listen.

  6. Have this web-page available on your desktop or smartphone.  We suggest connecting your computer/smartphone to an external powered audio system.  Simply "click" on the lesson you have prepared them to hear - repeat this each time you gather or before each conference message. 

  7. If you are leading a group, discuss attendee's answers in their workbook.  If you are presenting this in a conference format, conduct an "open-mic" discussion time after each podcast message - keep the discussion within 15 minutes. 

  8. If your are leading a group, assign next lesson and then repeat these steps. If leading a conference, encourage the attendees to go through the Identity Matters Workbook after the conference has been completed - strongly encourage them to fill in ALL the blanks in their private study.  Those who are using the conference format, we encourage you to start an Identity Matters Small Group within 3-weeks of the conference.

  9. Once completing the group, and/or conference, encourage members to lead others through these steps as a group leader - pass it forward.


Suggested Method for Preaching/Teaching This Series:  


  1. Listen to the audio series a minimum of two times.

  2. Study the PDF associated with the lesson(s) you plan to teach.

  3. Obtain the actual PowerPoint teaching slides used by the author. (request PowerPoint here)

  4. Begin teaching the messages in the order that we have placed them in the PowerPoint.

Suggested Method for Pod-casting/Broadcasting This Series:  


  1. Download each message you want to re-podcast.

  2. Place the file within your podcast channel.

  3. Conduct your normal process of pod-casting the audio. It is required for you to include the author's name, the ministry being represented (IOM America) and the name of the series & message posted.

  4. If you are forwarding the audio to a radio/TV broadcast network, you need to contact our home office for permission before the forward. (request permission to broadcast here)

Suggested Method for Sharing/Forwarding The Messages:  

  1. Capture the URL address in the browser page on the sermon.net podcast site.  You have our permission to do this with any web-page, content, media or article found on our website.

  2. Place this URL address in the social network of your choice.  Post with a brief message explaining what is in the link.  For example: "I have been blessed by the following message on the believer's identity in Christ. Please consider checking this out."

  3. If doing a forward via email, or e-blast, follow the above steps, but this time placing the URL in your email content space - remember to put a small paragraph depicting the content of the link and why you are sending it to them.  Most do not open links that are NOT personalized and/or clearly explained!

  4. For each of the above, please include: IOM America | Dr. Stephen Phinney | corporate@iomamerica.org 

It is our objective is to get these messages in the inboxes of interested listeners/viewers worldwide. If the Lord leads you to help us in this endeavor, we will be eternally grateful. Thank you for attending the Identity Matters Conference.  We also appreciate you forwarding these LIFE changing messages to a hurting world.

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