Sharing our experiences

The Facebook group is a safe place where we can discuss the prompts, ask questions, and share our thoughts and our artwork from our study on Identity from Ephesians.
I am not a therapist or a counsellor but I hope that I can support and encourage you as we study together. If anything arises that you can't deal with, and that I feel I cannot deal with, please find someone in your church who you trust and ask them to help you.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Identity: in Christ

Welcome to the first of six sessions on Identity.  These messages were brought at Jubilee Church Solihull.  The sessions are
1. In Christ
2. Recreated
3. Sonship
4. Royalty
5. Heavenly Citizens
6. Ambassadors
After which there will be a concluding talk.

If you haven't already, please download the podcast, In Christ,  and listen to it.

Who we are without Christ
Ephesians 2:1-3
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

Romans 1:21     Romans 1:28-32   Romans 2:5-6     Romans 3:10   Romans 3:23

Who I am in Christ
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

Ephesians 2:7   Ephesians 1:13    Romans 6:4   Colossians 3:3   Psalm 32:1    2 Corinthians

Worship Song

In your journaling you may want to write your feelings and your prayers and ignore the prompts.  The prompts are to help you and you can choose those that speak to you most.  You can download these prompts as a PDF.
What areas of your life do you still need to let God into?

How can you be more thankful?

Are there wrongs or injustices that you see that you are speaking out about?  Or condoning by not speaking out?

Do you recognise what your life would have been like without Christ?

Rob describes our lives in terms of a house with many rooms.  Do you let God into all the rooms?

How difficult do you find it to admit you are wrong?  To yourself?  To other people?  To God?

'As if we have never sinned.'  What difference would it make to your life if you really got hold of this truth?

Have you realised the power and authority you have when you pray?  How might your prayers change if you prayed with this realisation?

Now we are 'in Christ' we look with the eyes of Christ, and hear with the ears of Christ.  How does this impact your life?

Illustrated Letter
I have designed a letter for today's session to be used in any way you choose.  Download it by right clicking on the image and saving it to your computer.  Print it off, colour it in and glue it into your journal.  As it is a jpeg you can resize it to fit your journal.  You can see how I used it here.

I hope you that you have found today's message and journal prompts useful.  Share your thoughts, questions and journaling in the Facebook group.

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