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Connect Class - Week 2 | Identities

 

REVIEW


WHAT IS OUR IDENTITY?
WHO ARE WE BECAUSE OF JESUS?

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TRUE AND FALSE IDENTITIES

We were created by God to be His image bearers to the world around us. 

Our purpose, value, and worth came from our union with the Creator and joining in His mission.

In the fall, humanity rejected the good rule and reign of God, and now spends their life searching for identity, purpose, and worth in false gods and fellow humans. 

We are broken, longing to again be fully known and fully loved.


RESTORATION IN JESUS

A NEW IDENTITY | JEFF VANDERSTELT
www.saturatetheworld.com

In Christ, we are made a new creation. 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Our true identity is restored in the gospel, and we are fully and completely accepted because of the work of Christ.

We do not earn this and we cannot lose this. It is who we are.

We are given a new Trinitarian Identity based in the work and call of Jesus. That is why we are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit. 

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus reclaims the authority from the Father and calls us to our new identity: disciple of Jesus. Who we are (our being) precedes what we do (our doing).

And everything God has done to us, He desires to do through us.

We are called to go make disciples in the world around us, recognizing the depravity of man, but also the imago Dei of God's creation, calling them back to what they were originally created to be.


FAMILY

In Jesus, we are made sons and daughters to God the Father. We are fully accepted. We have the smile of God.

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God
John 1:12-13

WHO IS GOD?
God is our Father. 

WHAT HAS HE DONE?
He has substituted His Son for us and welcomed us into His family.

WHO ARE WE?
We are beloved sons and daughters of God. We receive the inheritance of sonship. We are also brothers and sisters of one another.

WHAT DO WE DO?
Love one another as family.

HOW DO WE DO IT?


SERVANT

Jesus came as King, not to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
John 13:14-15

WHO IS GOD?
God in Christ Jesus is King.

WHAT HAS HE DONE?
He has served us and the world in the upside-down way of the Kingdom.

WHO ARE WE?
We are servants of the King, made heirs of His Kingship.

WHAT DO WE DO?
We submit to the King in obedience and serve the world around us as we have been served.

HOW DO WE DO IT?


MISSIONARY

The Spirit empowers and sends Jesus to redeem to Himself a people from all nations, tribes and tongues.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit."
John 20:21-22

WHO IS GOD?
God is Spirit

WHAT HAS HE DONE?
He has sent the Son into the world to redeem all things.

WHO ARE WE?
We are sent into the world as missionaries, reconciling all things to God.

WHAT DO WE DO?
We display and declare the good news of Jesus to the world around us.

HOW DO WE DO IT?


fruit to root

If we are not living out the gospel, it is because we are not believing who we are in the gospel. It is because we are believing our false identities. We are believing the lies of the enemy. 

Repentance is repenting not simply of wrong actions (fruit of sin), but wrong beliefs (root of sin).

To get to the root of our sin, there are four helpful questions to ask:

WHAT DO WE DO?

WHO ARE WE BELIEVING WE ARE?

WHAT ARE WE BELIEVING ABOUT WHAT GOD DOES?

WHO ARE WE BELIEVING GOD IS? 


HEAD | HEART | HANDS

The head (know), heart (connect), hands (live) framework is a helpful lens to diagnose where we need to preach the gospel to ourselves and others at the core of our unbelief.

This is true for individuals, DNA Groups, Missional Communities, and the entire local body of Summit Crossing.

HEAD | What do we know to be true?

HEART | What are our affections and emotions?

HANDS | How do we then live?


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Walk through the following questions for each identity.

HEAD

What truths do we need to know and believe?

HEART 

What do we feel?
What should we feel as a result of the truth?
What affections should we guide our emotions toward?

HANDS

What do we need to obey?
What actions do we need to take to foster godly affections?
Is there anything we need to commit to?

 
Connect ClassJoel McCarty