Who are you?
Think about it.
Now take a look at this video.
How would you describe yourself to somebody? Would you pick physical characteristics like your skin colour or height? Or would you choose your job title or school to define yourself? Perhaps you have a particular talent for sport, art, music, or academia that you’d choose to identify yourself with.
We all like to distinguish ourselves with something. And we use other traits to include ourselves in groups, to identify with others.
But what if those things change? Your skin colour or height might remain, but what if you suddenly couldn’t play football anymore or you lost your job? Maybe you change your mind on a stance you once took or don’t have time for that passion that used to take up all your spare time.
Life, circumstances, and environments change. They change you too. So how do you truly ‘find yourself’ in all the business and noise of life? How do you choose who and what to identify with?
These questions are particularly pressing for teenagers who are just learning about the vast array of options they have. That’s why we’re taking our youth to Sorted. It’s a one-day, Christian event for 14-18s where we’ll be exploring our identity in Christ.
There, we will explore the issue behind the issue – where do we get our identity from? We will be looking at Luke’s gospel where it teaches that without Christ, our identity is broken, lost, and corrupted. But in Christ, we can find our identity as loved, sought, and bought people.
Here are just a few verses from the Bible that talk about our identity in Christ:
John 1:12 – Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
1 John 3:1-3 – See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
If you are of secondary school age, join us at Sorted. Contact one of the youth leaders to find out more.