Establishing Identity in Christ for the Church

On our last post we spoke of guiding kids and youth to fully understand their identity in Christ. We can lay a foundation for this by speaking truth so they hear it, having them speak it so they say it, and this will lead to acting out of a place of understanding your identity in Christ.

We have spoken a lot about who has influence in a child’s life. Parents hold the majority of influence. However, many others influence a child or youth to fully embrace their identity in Christ. Whether we are reinforcing what parents are doing and saying at home or speaking truth to contradict and counterbalance the lies and discouragement that is being spoken at home…the more we as church leaders can say and do to help these young disciples know who they are in Christ the better.

Think about ways that you can speak truth over kids this week. How can you empower your team to speak encouraging words about identity in Christ over kids? How can you guide kids to speak truth about themselves. The action comes last. Honestly, this is something that we can’t control. We can not make a child act like a child of God…but if they believe it, their actions will come out of the freedom that they have found in their identity as a child of God. You can help them believe it by creating opportunities for them to hear and speak the truth.

Here are some phrases based in Scripture that you and your team can begin to speak over the children in your life and have them speak back to you. There are some that will be more relevant than others depending on the age, stage and circumstances of the children. I found this helpful list on Joyce Meyer’s website, http://www.joycemeyers.org.

I’d love to hear how your group responds to these truths and any creative ways you have tried empowered your church to lay this foundation for the kids in your sphere of influence to hear them, say them, and act upon them.

I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).

I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).

I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

I am God’s child⎯for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).

I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).

I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I am a spirit being⎯alive to God (Romans 6:11;1 Thessalonians 5:23).

I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (2 Corinthians 4:4).

I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22, 25).

I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).

I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).

I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).

I am a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3,4).

I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).

I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).

I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

About familydiscipleshippath

My husband, Tim, and I have been married for 17 years and have 3 great children. Our girls are 13 and 11 and the baby boy is 9. We have been living in Redding, CA and serving at Risen King Community Church since August, 2000. I serve as the Family Ministries Pastor. As a mom and a pastor, I represent both the church and the home and am on a journey of discovering and communicating practical ways the church and family can partner together to guide the young ones in our lives to know and love Jesus and live their lives(their whole lives) in light of that love.
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