Monday, February 16, 2009

Teaching :: Identity In Christ

Last week I returned from Capetown and started teaching on Tuesday on Identity In Christ. I taught the whole week with my staff tag teaming a little. I have to admit that it was my first time teaching for a total of 10 hours but it went well! Thanks for all your prayers! Here's an action shot!

Identity In Christ teaching

Most of my teaching was centered around the book of Ephesians. Did you know that book mentions the words "in Christ" more than 35 times? Obviously I can't write all my notes in this post but I want to share with you the highlights. It's a great book to study!

Ephesians Chapter 1:
  • We are chosen by God.
  • We are redeemed through Him.
  • We are sealed by His Spirit.
Ephesians Chapter 2:
  • We were once dead but are now alive through Jesus.
  • Paul moves from identity being personal to corporate or community when he starts talking about the Jews and Gentiles.
Ephesians Chapter 3:
  • God reveals the mystery of His will to us (how awesome is that!)
Ephesians Chapter 4:
  • We must walk in unity.
  • We all have gifts that are to be used for the equipping of the saints to the building up of the body.
  • We must put off the old self and put on the new self.
Ephesians Chapter 5:
  • We must walk in love, walk as children of light, and walk in wisdom.
  • Wives submit to husbands and husbands must love their wives.
Ephesians Chapter 6:
  • Children obey their parents.
  • We must put on the armor of God.
  • We must pray for boldness.
My thoughts:

I think finding our identity in Christ is a must in our walk as Christians. I believe that comes from personal revelations of who Jesus is and who He has made us to be as well as walking in community with other believers. I think steps to finding our identity are:

1. To identify with Christ.
2. Believe the promises and inheritance He has given us.
3. Losing our lives to find our life in Him (Gal. 2:20, Matt. 10:38-40).
4. Abide in Him and put off the old self (John 15:1-11).
5. Walk in faith.

But it is a battle, not only to find our identity but also to constantly walk in it. That's why we must put on the armor of God and have accountability in our lives. The fruits of walking in our identity far outweigh walking in who we're not. I would much rather engage the change process in my life so that I can walk in the fullness and freedom of who I am in Christ rather than sit back in my "comforts" and be bound by my fears.

The last day of class we had a ministry time. It was great! We started off with an excellent exercise that I've done with our apostolic covering team. Everyone gets a sheet of paper. You right your name at the top and then pass it to the right. Everyone writes one word to describe you on that paper and then passes it on. When it comes back to you, you look it over and then say the one that is hardest for you to believe. Openness and brokenness just seems to flow. It's amazing!

1 comments :

blissful_e said...

Fantastic!

I especially love your penultimate paragraph, about it being a battle not only to find our identity, but also to walk in it. So true! Satan opposes it every step of the way - which I guess is a great clue as to its importance.

Sometimes I feel like I have found my identity, only to lose it again. In other words going from Step 5 to Step 2 or 1 or 3 again. A battle, as you say.

Thanks for sharing some of your teaching with us!

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