Week 1 of the JPC Project:
(ICYMI: You can learn more about and sign up to join us in the JPC Project HERE).
Genesis 1:27-28, Hebrews 12:2-3, Colossians 1:15-20, Phillippians 2:5-11, John 1:14 (MSG) (You can listen to Tyler's Sunday's Sermon HERE).
Go Deeper Passages:
Matthew 1:23, John 1: 1-18, Psalm 139, 1 John 4:9-16, Hebrews 4:15, 2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 21:1-5
Who are you? No, really. Underneath it all? When nobody is around? In the lonely places? When insecure? In flesh and blood? When afraid? How did God make you, you? Why are you here? What do you sense in the deepest part of you is what God placed you on earth for? Yeah, you! That only version. The one Oscar Wilde told to “be you, because everyone else is taken!” The one whose hairs are numbered by the God of the universe. The fearfully and wonderfully made co-heir in Christ endowed with the imago Dei (image of God), that you may love God and people. The you who took on the same flesh that God did when Jesus came to earth. Does it feel strange for you to consider these questions? To slow down and remark on your life and its uncanny importance. Its value in relationship to God. We must, and invite you to do so. To be quiet before God and consider these thoughts. To ask where you are close to God. To ask what separates you from Jesus. To share these findings with a friend or your ASC group members. To talk about them with your mentor/mentee. To believe that you matter because Christ said so by coming to earth to love you, heal your brokenness, and show you how to love God and others too.
Who are you? What makes you, distinctly you?
What other identities do you take upon yourself? How do they hinder your intimacy with God, and your faithfulness to Christ?
How is God calling you to live differently knowing that your identity is secure and powerful in relationship with Jesus (the one and only God who came to earth for you)?
Jesus: Get alone for 5 minutes in silence (at least once, and hopefully daily) and ask God who you are at your core.
People: Share what thoughts/revelations came to mind with your group/mentor/a close friend at ASC or beyond.
City: Ask a co-worker, friend, or neighbor who they are/what they care about/what makes them unique. Genuinely listen and affirm Jesus’ presence in their life by finding a way to encourage them.