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Kingdom Identity (1 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Ephesians 1:1-4

Identity theft affects tens of millions of people a year and costs billions of dollars in overall losses. Identity is an expensive thing.

Have you or anyone you know been affected by any form of identity theft or fraud? It can be a major problem. What would you do if your identity were stolen?

Did you know that in his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul talks about identity? He goes to great lengths to teach the truth to a group of believers who have lost touch with who they are.

In fact, the entire Church is in a battle over identity. The enemy stole the identity that God gave us in the Garden of Eden, and it is only through Christ that we are reconnected with our God-given identity. Each of us is on the journey of a lifetime to reclaim the identity that was stolen.

Main Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-4

- Focus on the phrase ''in Christ'' (v. 1, 3, 4) for our source of identity.
- Focus on verse 3 for every spiritual blessing in Christ.
- Focus on verse 4 for how we were chosen to be holy and blameless.

EQUIP: Identity 101

Have your group read Ephesians 1:1-4 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.

Teaching Point 1: Identity in Christ

- Through Jesus' death and resurrection, the life of every believer is now repositioned in Christ (Col. 3:4).
- The message of the cross is power (1 Cor. 1:18) - power to reclaim stolen identity.

Have you ever thought about the battle for your identity? If your earthly identity were stolen, you'd contact the police right away. To recover a stolen identity, you need facts and records from an authority. Only an authority can restore what has been stolen.

Notice a key phrase Paul uses in his opening to the Ephesian readers. He writes the two words ''in Christ'' multiple times (vv. 1, 3, 4). The reason for this is that Paul is directing his audience to Jesus as the aut ...

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