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1 Thessalonians 1:3-10


Summary


Bill shared the first of two messages on 7 characteristics of Christians, that if lived out, will change our community:

  • A church that will change a community extends grace—unmerited favor

     

  • A church that will change a community lives out their faith

     

  • A church that will change a community knows their identity in Christ

Focus

When we place our faith in Christ, we receive a new identity as a child of God because of what Christ has done. We have greater security, confidence, and freedom because we don’t have to perform for others to be liked, accepted, or known. And those who know their identity in Christ, and are secure in God’s love for them, have the ability to extend grace, live out their faith an as a result, affect their community. So today we’ll look at our identity in Christ.

Discussion questions

  1. What stood out to you from this weekend’s sermon?

     

  2. Who has modeled the Christian life for you and how has it impacted your walk with Christ?

     

  3. How could extending grace, living out our faith and knowing our identity in Christ affect your relationship with friends or people who you may have a rough relationship with?

     

  4. Read Ephesians 2:4-10. What does it mean to you that God thinks of you as a masterpiece?

     

  5. Read Ezekiel 36:25-27. What are some changes that happen when we come to know God?

     

  6. Do you usually think of yourself as having this kind of worth? How does it affect your life if you’re a follower of Jesus but don’t believe the truths of your new identity?

     

  7. Read Ephesians 1:3-14. Count how many times Paul uses the words “In Him” or “In Christ”. What does it mean to be “In Christ”? What holds you back from wholeheartedly believing this truth?

     

  8. Can you think of specific strongholds or issues you may be facing where you may be saying, “I am a child of God, BUT…”? Share it with your LifeGroup.