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    Monday, February 22, 2010

    Identity Week 3

    This past week, we ran through my favorite portion of the Identity Series! 

      We talked about how Christ sees us, what His word says to us and the truth that builds us up!

      Many teens hear several lies about who they are and begin to attach their identity to what it is they've been told about themselves.  Many teens turn to suicide, cutting and other such outward signs to reflect the inner turmoil.

      Sadly a HUGE chunk of the inner turmoil can be produced by the words of other people and they listen to those lies while not knowing what God thinks and feels about them! 

      This reality breaks my heart.  Students who have lived a mere 12 years already hate themselves and look at the world with synical eyes.  However, Jesus says they are not who they've been told they are! 

      These teens have little to no reality that Christ made them and loves them.  Even teens growing up in the church have an "idea" but don't yet have the tools to deny the lies said of them.

      In this week, we learned that we are all created in the Image of God (Gen. 1:27), We are God's POEM (Eph. 2:10) and We are NOT and accident (Jer. 29:11).  God who writes our poem desires us to be of the family of God, accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior!

      Like I said, this is my favorite talk to do on Identity!  Below is the link to the PowerPoint and talk as well as the talk recorded.  Hope all this stuff helps!



    Identity Week 3 Talk

    Identity Week 3 PowePoint

    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    Identity Week 2


    This week, we talked about Identity Theft. We opened up with a scene from Bourne Identity, in which Jason Bourne is looking in the mirror and asking himself who he is.


    I then gave a person (silly) story of when I thought I could be Batman...then I pooped my pants and realized...I could never really be Batman.


    Teens, whether they realize it or not are looking for their Identity, and this all goes back to the beginning. When God made man, he made known their Identities...they walked with him, talked with him and lived life alongside of God.


    Then the Deceiver came in the midst and confused Adam and Eve into giving up their known Identities to seek out a "better" one. After the fall, they run from God, and try to cover themselves with new clothes. Their Identity was stolen...and so was ours.


    It breaks my heart to see teens seeking and "finding" their Identities in destructive (and non-destructive) things rather than in God.


    This week, I shared with them the ID theft that Satan caused and how they too need to find their identities.


    Ephesians 2:1-3 discusses what life without Christ (the supplier of our Identity) looks like. We give ourselves over to things that don't last and attempt to seek out who we are within those things. However, Ephesians 2:4-9 gives us the good news that because of Christ, we no longer have to look to fading things for our identity, but we can look to the eternal Christ to give us our true identities!


    Here were my main points:

    1. We look to the world for our Identity rather than to God

    2. We do this because the deceiver wants us to lose our true identity

    3. Without Christ, we are dead because out identity was stolen

    4. Because of Christ's death, we don't have to lose our true identity


    If you are interested, below is the talk, the talk link, the Bourne clip and the Power Point. Hope you are able to use them!







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