When our identity is firmly rooted in Christ we become a new person. Finding our identity in Christ is a life-long process, a constant ‘stripping off the old’ and ‘putting on the new.’ This series will be an encouragement for everyone to begin to see themselves, others, and the church through the lens of Jesus, as God’s masterpiece.
May 10 / Week 1 – I Am God’s Masterpiece
Big Idea: It is God who gives us our identity. We do not earn it. It is a gift of God that no one can take away from us.
May 17 / Week 2 – I Am a Member of God’s Family
Big Idea: The Cross of Jesus encourages us to find our identity first in and through Him, and second it empowers us to leverage the person He created us to be for the good of this world.
May 24 / Week 3 – I Am a Work in Progress
Big Idea: Dallas Willard writes, “Grace is not opposed to effort, but to earning. Paul writes in Philippians to “work out our salvation” but he isn’t telling us to earn it, but rather, to “live it out.” This week is about being a work in progress (give yourself grace on the journey).
May 24 / Week 4 – I Am Gifted
Big Idea: God has equipped each of us with certain gifts. Our gift is to be leveraged for the sake of the good; our gift is not a stand-alone gift, but is to be joined with the gifts of others to form something beautiful. We are not a “singular” masterpiece, but rather a masterpiece inside a larger mosaic God is forming.
June 7 / Week 5 – I Am Strong
Big Idea: We are strong because of the power of God. It is Him who fights for us, and the fight is not against one another but against evil. We are our strongest when we realize the fight is not against my brother or sister, but against evil, and we are strongest when we allow God’s power to fight for us and through us.