Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.
2 Corinthians 5: 17

Reading: 2 Corinthians 5

How do you define yourself? I remember someone asking me that question once, before I became a believer, and it really pinned me down. I couldn’t sleep that night. I simply had to discover how I defined myself. 

I remember ending up with a toss-up between “I define myself as the mother of Lissa” and “I define myself as a writer”. How interesting, don’t you think. Now, I don’t mean to rob you of sleep tonight, but, ask yourself the same question. How do I define myself? 

You’ll find that the answer will in all likelihood lie in what you do, who you relate to, what your dreams are or what you believe. Do you define yourself as a husband, mother, teacher? 

As a Christian, have you ever stopped to define yourself as “a new creation in Christ”? If we’re honest with ourselves, we often feel insecure. Those who hide it best often feel it most. But our insecurity is an invitation from God to escape the danger of false beliefs about who we are and find true peace in who He is.

As we explore Baptisms together this month, the various winding pathways are going to all lead back to this one truth - at the heart of what it means to be a Christian is to receive a new identity. In Jesus, we do not lose our true selves, but we become our true selves. This is why you cannot truly know yourself until you know God.

The more we know this and live it out, the more confident we become and the less concerned we become about what other people think of us. 


I’m excited Lord, to explore Baptisms and my identity with You this month. Please open my mind and my spiritual eyes to receive everything You have for me. 

For the family

Explain the study in an age-appropriate way. Then make popcorn together as an object lesson in how identity can change.