January 13 - 19 • Week 2: Identity
The first point on the compass is IDENTITY. Aligning your identity with God’s perspective of you is essential to living life to the full (John 10:10). But it takes a constant reminder. By reinforcing who God says you are everyday through prayer, Scripture, encouragement from others, you are able to live according to God’s identity in you, and to live the extraordinary life that God offers.
“Who I am is determined by who God says I am.”
Begin thinking about the standard definition of identity. How does the world define that term? What are the key factors for people in the world today?
Identity takes on many different forms and is quickly assessed by how we answer the question “who am I?” Thinking about your past, how have you struggled with your identity? What were some factors that have led you to that identity of yourself?
And based upon that identity struggle, how has that affected your life?
Thankfully, for those who have put their faith in Jesus, we have been freed from the ordinary and called to live the extraordinary. But we have to look “true north” to God to know live in our true identity. And that takes continual reinforcement, through prayer, scripture, and surrounding ourselves with people speaking encouragement into our lives. Open your Bibles and assign each of the scripture references below and read aloud. Discuss what each means to Christ followers.
When we put our faith in Jesus by asking him to be the forgiver of our sins and leader of our lives, how does our identity change? Again, discuss our real identities in Christ here.
To come in for a landing, think about this question. “How is my soul?” There is a reason you answer the way you answer. Are you navigating life based on who God says you are? If not, what is keeping you? Take a moment and reflect up on this question with your group.
Next Step Challenge
In this day in age, we are encouraged to discover our “best self.” We are told to become “the best you.” But many exclude Christ. Apart from Him, we will never find our best self. Because only in Christ are our spirits brought to life. Before your time together concludes, take some time to pray for and over each other, that each one be reminded who we are in Christ.
“Yet to all who did receive Him [Jesus Christ], to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12
All other Scripture References
John 10:10b; Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:1, 13-14a; John 3:16; John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:9-11