In this episode I chat with Sarah Kemp and Laura Bandimere about the topic of identity. We talk about where we find our identity, and where we shouldn't.
Sarah Kemp is a pastor's wife (her husband Lee was in the last episode), homeschool mom, and she runs her own business.
Laura Bandimere is an elementary school teacher and substitute teaching leader for Bible Study Fellowship.
What does identity mean? - “People really long to belong. When they ask that question, it’s really not who am I, it’s who am I in the grand scheme of things.”
Where do people find their identity? - People often look to relationships, jobs, etc to identify themselves. As believers, "Our value and our identity was settled at the cross." (see Ephesians 2:10 and Galatians 2:20)
What does it mean to find your identity in Christ? - “Sometimes we cling to those old identities, but we have a new identity in Christ.” (see 2 Corinthians 5:17) We must remind ourselves of the truths of Scripture.
What are some ways you've struggled with your identity? - “A lot of years of learning to rest in who I was in Him.” "Those things that are true about our identity in Christ, we many not feel them, but we have to keep reminding ourselves of the truth.” “The enemy loves to use those feelings to keep us trapped, from realizing the power we have in our identity in Christ.”
What can you do to encourage someone in their identity? - “When our identity feels shaky, go to him, because he’s the only one who will satisfy and bring any measure of peace.” It's important to remember to not compare yourself to someone's "highlight reel" on social media because "comparison is the thief of joy." You’re never going to be perfect at what you do, but if you find your identity in Christ you don’t have to be perfect. “If we can find and rest in our identity in Christ, it’s the same, it doesn’t change, because He doesn’t change.”
How do cultural tensions impact how we view our identity? - We feel attacked when people do things differently. “It’s so easy for sin to twist those things that are given to us by God into a competition because we find our identity in those things instead of finding it in Christ alone.”
How do you think finding your identity in Christ relates to unity in the Church? - It's important to ask yourself, is your denomination really your identity? “If we’re all redeemed children of God, as believers, then we don’t need to compete.” “When you’re in God’s presence, there should not be conflict.”
How does identity relate to the gospel? - “Do I appreciate the magnitude of my adoption. I’ve been redeemed by Jesus’s blood, and that should change the way I view everything.”
Some kind of personality test (like color personalities, Enneagrams, etc)
Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer (a wonderful book on the attributes of God - knowing God better helps us know ourselves better)
Listing the characteristics of God using the alphabet
Made for More by Hannah Anderson
Books We're Reading
Parenting by Paul David Tripp
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
21 Days of Prayer for Your Business by Monique McLean
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Web 2.0 Tools
Created for Commitment by A. Wetherell Johnson
Unimaginable by Jeremiah J. Johnston
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