Last night at the Weekly Meeting, we kicked off a mini-series on Identity and talked about how it relates to the concept of Freedom. We wanted to give a space to continue to think through a wrestle with some of the Scriptures and Questions that were brought up.
Big Idea: We cannot be fully free apart from an understanding of who we are and what we are created for.
Illustrations: (from Timothy Keller’s book, The Reason for God)
- A musician who chooses to deliberately lose their freedom in order to release him/herself to a richer kind of freedom.
- A fish which is not truly free unless it is in water and living within its true nature-what it was created for.
“Once you realize how Jesus changed for you and gave himself for you, you aren’t afraid of giving up your freedom and therefore finding your freedom in him.” by Timothy Keller
- Where in your life are you saying, “If only I wouldn’t have to deal with _____ , then I could be truly free and happy”
- How are you turning to other things for life, worth, happiness, or identity? (success, what people think of you, money, power, sex, good works, etc)
- How does it make you feel that the God of the Universe suffered humiliation and gave up his freedom so that you could know Him?
- Where in your life are you afraid of giving up your freedom?
- What aspect of God’s character is compelling to you and significant for you right now? (love, holiness, grace, goodness, all-powerful, all-knowing, etc)
- Where is God speaking to you right now in the way you are thinking, believing, and living out your life?
Additional Resources to Dwell on This Week:
- An article from Cru.org about a new way to define identity
- A talk from Timothy Keller about Freedom. It’s about an hour long.
- A 5 minute theme video about the Law from the Bible Project.
- A 6 minute theme video about the Image of God from the Bible Project.
- An article from Desiring God called “Some Slavery Feels Like Freedom”
- An article from Gospel Coalition called “Brother, Where is Your Identity”