Hey parents! Sorry for not getting this to you last night, but just didn’t have the opportunity to type it out and send it due to celebrating Matthew’s birthday last night.
Last night we began our new series we are calling #thisistheway (of the Kingdom), in which we are going to explore marks of the lives of those who embody Jesus’ Kingdom on earth. These marks are going to offer a clear contrast to the world around us due to the presence, work, and fruit of the Holy Spirit. Those marks will also be something that will draw those outside of Christ to investigate him as they experience glimpses of his Kingdom through us.
Last night we looked at the first of these marks, foundational identity. To do this we explored Ephesians 1:3-14. This passage is rich with descriptions of the new identity we have as those who have been redeemed in Christ. I would urge you to open your Bible there with your student(s) at some point this week and ask them to walk you back through it, being careful to share the various ways it presents what should be our foundational identity in Christ.
I offered these 5 summary statements at the end of our time together:
- We don’t have to wear ourselves out trying to shape or protect our identity.
- Our identity is not shaped by the views of others or even by my own performance.
- We are free to live in true freedom that is rooted in our eternal identity.
- We can have a steady sense of identity that does not fluctuate from situation to situation.
- At the center of our identity is mission—that all may come to know their real identity in light of their Creator.
Here, too, are the questions for reflection that I gave to the students last night. My prayer is that you would use these questions to have deeper discussions in your home this week. I’m praying for you as you do!
*Have you struggled with your sense of identity? If so, how?
*How do you understand your identity now that you are in Christ (if you are in Christ)? How did you grow in that understanding through this session?
*When you view others around you, how does it seem that they view their identity? Do you see others wearing themselves out trying to shape their identity? Have you felt that way?
*Why is our identity foundational to our living a Christian life? Why is it difficult to live the Christian life if that foundation is not secure?
*Why is a foundational identity in Christ vital to our pursuing the mission that God has given us to pursue?