The world, the enemy, and even we ourselves label each other and are confused about our identity. The Word reveals that we are God’s special creation, created in His image and with a purpose. We have rejected God’s design, pursued our own purposes, and are separated from God. God in His great love has paid the price to bring us back by the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. Whoever believes in Him will not be separated from God, but rescued from sin, rescued from false identities, and brought back into a loving and personal relationship with Him.
I. You are God’s special creation
*important side note here: there is a beginning. A point in time where man was created, by God, in His image, and not a result of random mutations (evolution). There is purpose in all that God does. Man was the best part of creation.
“But why doesn’t my science teacher believe and teach this?”
Romans 1:18-31 is a key passage explaining man’s rejection of the revelation of God in creation, and the results of this rejection. They did not honor God, but became futile in their thinking, and their hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for created things (v.21-23 paraphrased).
II. You are God’s special creation that has fallen
How did we fall? We believed the lies of the enemy, removed our trust in God, and put our trust in ourselves. We left God and chose to go our own way, make our own paths
The Fall – an episode of mistaken identities
Satan challenges the question: Who is God?
Eve is confused: Who am I? Who is God? Who is the enemy?
Look at Eve – believing lies. Not sure of who to follow
Look at Adam- he was with Eve, and let it happen. Trusted a woman over God, unsure of his role as leader. Also blaming Eve instead of taking responsibility
Look at Satan- his purpose is to deceive, to mislead, to confuse
III. You are God’s special creation that has fallen, but has been rescued by Jesus Christ (IF you believe)
Look at God– always pursuing. always loving. providing a way back to Him even when we left-JESUS (Genesis 3:15)
Genesis 3:21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
*God provided clothing for them, garments of skin-something had to die to cover them (Jesus covers us by His blood!)
2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
There’s only one Way – Jesus, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
“Who do you say that I am?”
Jesus asked his disciples in Matthew 16:13-17, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon(Peter) answers correctly.
Who you say Jesus is completely redefines who you are!
Selected passages to read with your student:
Romans 8:1-11 – The flesh and the Spirit
1 Corinthians 5:15-21 – New creations in Christ, ambassadors for Him. Christ accomplished the work
Colossians 1:15-20 – All things created through Him and for Him. Jesus is before all things and holds everything together
Questions to ask your student during the week:
What does your science teacher say about creation? What do you believe about how everything began?
What are your favorite hobbies/ activities right now? Would you say that those things define who you are as a person?
What do you think God thinks about you right now? (you may need to lovingly correct and encourage them here if they are confused about their identity and what God says and feels about them. God loves them and if they are a believer, He looks upon them and sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ, our perfect sacrifice!)
Pray with and for your child, that they know who they are in Christ and how much God (and you) love them! Pray that their identity in Christ helps them have the right mindset on how to think and how to live.