Who Others Say I Am is Not Who I Am 08 Mar

(Message 2) In a world full of social media posts, we get bombarded with filtered images of people. People manage their image, their identity, in a way that wins approval by others. Join us we take back our identity, learn how to protect it, and find our identity in what God says about us. #GCIdentityTheft

Knowing what you’re supposed to be is less important than knowing who you’re walking with.

 

Protecting My Identity
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  1. Know who you are, for real
  2. Prevent future theft
  3. Change your future

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Genesis 50:20-21

You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children. So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 

2 Corinthians 10:5

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • In Middle School and High School, were you more of a jock, class clown, beauty queen, or nerd, etc.? How did these titles have an impact on your identity?
  • What was the most carefree time of your life? What impact did the opinions of others have on you then? Why?

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Read Genesis 37:2-11 and 18-20, Genesis 39:2-3, 6b-19, and Genesis 50:20-21. Justin used the example of Joseph to show the impact of being unwavering in your identity regardless of circumstances. Why do you think Joseph refused to allow himself to be identified by others? Like Joseph, have you ever experienced a crisis of identity because you were obedient to God
  • Read Romans 8:28. Paul is saying that we can be assured that God causes all the circumstances of our lives to work together for the good of whom? Where do you stand in relation to this verse? Is God with you? If you have questions, talk with your group leader.

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Justin talked about installing a security system of filters to prevent future identity theft. What were the steps he mentioned? How often do you think you will need to take those steps? Why
  • What role do the opinions of others play in your everyday life? In what situations would you say their influence is the greatest? Why?
  • Many individuals begin being defined by others at a very young age. Their definitions often led to pride or heartache.  Discuss how the image placed on you by others early in life impacts your identity today.
  • Justin talked about the struggle he faces because of his desire for the approval of others. What struggle or habit is presently defining you?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Read these scriptures about our identity in Christ. Do it every day for a week.
    • Ephesians 2:10 – I am God’s masterpiece
    • Psalm 139:14 – I am fearfully and wonderfully made
    • 1 Peter 2:9b – I am chosen, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God’s very own possession
    • Colossians 2:10 – I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves us

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Jesus, help me to see myself as you see me and to live in freedom from allowing my identity to be defined by the way others see me. Thank you for the identity I have in you. Amen. 

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