Text Ephesians 2:8-10
“Christian selfhood is not defined in terms of who we are in and of ourselves. It’s defined in terms of what God does to us and the relationship he creates with us and the destiny he appoints for us. God made us who we are so we could make known who he is. Our identity is for the sake of making known his identity.”—John Piper
What we learned
If we’re honest with ourselves, we often feel insecure. When we put our faith in Christ, we receive a new identity. The problem is without Christ we look for our value in our own abilities or accomplishments. We are driven to continue to perform so that we can feel that we have worth. Without Christ, we will be separated from God and on our own to find our acceptance, security, and significance.
- What is your initial reaction to Bobby’s sermon? What jumped out at you?
- What are some of the things you have allowed to define you? Why?
- What are the dangers of only allowing our achievements or other’s opinions define us?
- Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. What does it mean that we become “new creations” in Christ?
- How does it affect your life if you’re a follower of Jesus but don’t believe the truths of your new identity like those we’ve looked at?
- Read Ephesians 1:4. What does it mean to you to know that you are a child of God? How does that help you answer the question, “Who am I?”
- How should we live our lives in light of our identity in Christ?
End with group Prayer