You by Design, Part 1

Who Are You?
September 10, 2023 | By Paul Crouthamel

Things go better for us in just about every area of life when we have a design to follow. To God, human beings are a masterpiece of great worth and value – including you. God created you with intention, thought, care, and, above all, love. We believe it is essential to understand that your identity is found in Christ. It is the first of the seven marks of a disciple, and it is the project that will occupy our attention for the next six weeks as a church family.


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Proverbs 14:12
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to destruction.”

Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Psalm 139:13-16
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

1st Paradigm
Knowing who I am in relation to God.

Our Past
Our Present Limitations
Our Desired Future

2nd Paradigm
Becoming who I am in relationship with God.

My Contribution to the Kingdom

We can’t truly know ourselves apart from God.
We can’t truly know God apart from knowing ourselves.

David Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself
“What we get when we choose a way of being that is separate from God is the life of the lie. It is a lie because the autonomy that it promises is an illusion. We do not become free of God by a disregard of the Divine will. Instead, by such a disregard we forge the chains of our bondage.”

Romans 5:6-8
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

You and I can’t truly know God apart from Jesus.

To know Jesus is to know God.

2 Corinthains 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Entering into a relationship with Jesus is not the same as walking in relationship with Jesus.

Romans 7:21-25
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

As we start this series…
1. Work at being here for the next six weeks.
2. Spend time getting to know Jesus.
3. Commit to respond to the Spirit of God.