Ready, Set, Go!:
A conversation about Identity
Once our hearts are READY to understand the character and identity of God, we are then SET to live our own identity according to what He says about us. This is the second lesson in the “Ready, Set, Go!” series to start 2019. Who does God say WE are? Read on…
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Ready, Set, Go!
A conversation for the New Year:Lesson two
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What Does The Bible Say?
This Week’s Memory Verse:
“Seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. SET your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1b-2 ESV)
“SET your minds on things that are above.” (Colossians 3:2)”
What Truth is God Speaking to Us?
God wants us to SET our minds on Jesus and what He says about us instead of all the other things in and around us! As we seek Jesus, our identity will be defined by Him rather than by the things that are on the earth.
What Can We Learn About This Truth?
Being READY to live for God starts with realizing who God is, then we will be SET as we keep our minds focused on Him and the truth of His Word. Our identity comes out of who He says that we are, not what the world says about us.
What Else Does the Bible Say About This?
Our new year is underway, and we are talking a lot about who God is and how that affects who we are! The more we know about God’s character and identity, the more our character and identity is shaped to be like His! Last week we discussed how Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter responded, “You are Christ, the Son of the Living God,” and that was the right answer! Simon was READY because he knew Jesus’ identity, and now he was SET to hear about his own identity from Jesus! So the next thing Jesus said was, “I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18-19).
Now, up to this point, Simon Peter had been called, simply, Simon, which means “hear, listen.” But once Simon understood Jesus’ identity, Jesus gave Simon a new identity and name, Peter, which means “rock, stone.” When Jesus gave Simon Peter his new name, he was SET to live for Him because his identity was based on who Jesus said he was! It’s the same for us! When we know Jesus, God gives us a new identity, too. The Bible tells us all sorts of things that are true about us when we believe in Jesus. We’ll talk about these truths more in days to come, but, for now, let’s memorize our verse for this week!
What Questions Do We Have About This?
When someone asks you, “who are you?” how do you respond? What are some things that the world has to “say” about you that you believe? What are some lies that you may believe about yourself? (I’m not good enough, smart enough, popular enough, pretty/handsome enough, etc; I’m not valuable; I don’t matter… etc.) Who does God think you are and what does God like about you? How can we set our identity in God? If God is ____ (fill this in with a true word about God) then that makes me ____ (fill this in with a truth about your identity).
How Can We Live Out This Truth?
In order for us to be SET to embrace our identity for God, we need to know who He says we are. Let’s look up some Bible verses about our identity in Jesus then talk about how these affect who we are:
John 1:12 and 1st John 3:1 (I am a child of God);
John 15:15 (I am a friend of God);
Romans 8:17 (I am an heir of God’s promises);
Romans 8:37 (I am an overcomer);
1 Corinthians 6:19 (I am a temple for the Holy Spirit);
2 Corinthians 5:17 (I am made new);
Galatians 4:7 (I am not a slave to sin);
Ephesians 1:3 (I am blessed);
Ephesians 2:10 (I am His handiwork);
Philippians 3:20 (I am a citizen of above);
Colossians 3:12 and 1 Thessalonians 1:4 (I am chosen).
For Preschool Families: Choose one of the above “I am” statements/verses and dive into that with your little ones.
How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?
Worship through Prayer: God, we believe that You are Who You say that You are, and I believe that I am who You say that I am. I am ____ (fill this in with at least one – if not several – word about who you are because of what God says about you) because I belong to You. Continue to remind me that my identity is found in You. You are in control, and we love You for taking care of us. We love You and trust You. Amen.
“I Am No Victim” by Kristene Dimarco https://youtu.be/FxmDMqc15Ak
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A Family Blessing
Blessings from this Lesson to Speak over Your Children…