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WHO ARE YOU?
WHAT DEFINES YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR IDENTITY?
How you answer those questions affects every aspect of your life: personal, public, and spiritual. So it’s vital to get the answer right.
Pastor and best-selling author Mark Driscoll believes false identity is at the heart of many struggles—and that you can overcome them by having your true identity in Christ. In Who Do ...
WHO ARE YOU?
WHAT DEFINES YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR IDENTITY?
How you answer those questions affects every aspect of your life: personal, public, and spiritual. So it’s vital to get the answer right.
Pastor and best-selling author Mark Driscoll believes false identity is at the heart of many struggles—and that you can overcome them by having your true identity in Christ. In Who Do You Think You Are?, Driscoll explores the question, “What does it mean to be ‘in Christ’?” In the process he dissects the false-identity epidemic and, more important, provides the only solution—Jesus.
“This book will give you an unshakeable, biblical understanding of who you are in Christ. When you know who you are, you’ll know what to do.”
—Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of Soul Detox, Clean Living in a Contaminated World
“I spent years in ministry for Christ without understanding my identity in Christ. I know now that I was not alone. When, by the grace of God, we understand who we are in Christ, everything else can crumble and we will still be standing. I highly commend this book to you.”
—Sheila Walsh, speaker and author of God Loves Broken People
You see, I have this condition. —LEONARD SHELBY IN THE MOVIE MEMENTO
In the movie Memento, Leonard Shelby tries to track down his wife's killer. Complicating the search is the fact that as a result of a blow to the head by the murderer, Leonard suffers from anterograde amnesia, a condition that makes it impossible for him to remember anything new for more than a few minutes.
To cope with his amnesia, Leonard creates a complicated system of notes, Polaroid photos, and tattoos to remember facts and string together evidence to find his wife's killer and exact revenge. Unfortunately, several shady characters try to manipulate Leonard's condition for their own gain. Using his amnesia against him, they tell him lies about his past, who he is, and their intentions for him.
Memento toys with the concepts of identity and truth. As the movie progresses, doubt is cast on Leonard's version of the story, and you begin to wonder if the Leonard the movie portrays is really the true Leonard.
In one important scene, Teddy, Leonard's crooked "friend," says to him, "You don't know who you are anymore."
"Of course I do," Leonard responds. "I'm Leonard Shelby. I'm from San Francisco."
"No, that's who you were," Teddy says. "Maybe it's time you started investigating yourself."
What follows is a series of revelations about Leonard that cause him to question the identity he's built for himself. He then suffers a severe identity crisis that leads to the movie's shocking ending—all because he can't remember who he is.
As Christians, we're a lot like Leonard. We have a condition. We're continually forgetting who we are in Christ and filling that void by placing our identity in pretty much anything else. This leads us to often ask, as Leonard did, "Who am I?" The question is far-reaching, belief-revealing, life-shaping, and identity-forming. How you answer determines your identity and your testimony. Tragically, few people—even few Bible-believing, Jesus-loving Christians—rightly answer that question.
How we see ourselves is our identity. Our culture talks about identity as self-image or self-esteem. As a parent and pastor, I believe that correctly knowing one's true identity is the one thing that changes everything.
For years, I pastored and counseled people struggling with issues such as alcoholism, sexual perversion, pride, depression, anger, bitterness, and more. Often I felt as though I were talking to a wall because, though I gave biblical counsel, many people seemed to either not hear or not care and instead continued down a path of destruction. It was frustrating and heartbreaking. I felt there had to be a way to help people find freedom.
Then, thanks in large part to the wise words of older and more seasoned counselors, it dawned on me that underlying our struggles in life is the issue of our identity.
This world's fundamental problem is that we don't understand who we truly are—children of God made in his image—and instead define ourselves by any number of things other than Jesus. Only by knowing our false identity apart from Christ in relation to our true identity in him can we rightly deal with and overcome the issues in our lives.
My hope is that, by the grace of God, truth of Scripture, and power of the Holy Spirit, this book will help you know your identity in Christ so you can live as you should.
You aren't what's been done to you but what Jesus has done for you. You aren't what you do but what Jesus has done. What you do doesn't determine who you are. Rather, who you are in Christ determines what you do. These are fundamental truths that we'll explore in depth throughout this book.
I'M A CREATED IMAGE BEARER
Who do you think you are? Where do we even start to answer that enormous question? Let's start at the beginning. You are an image bearer of God.
Genesis 1:26–27 says, "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
The trinitarian God who lives in eternal friendship and community created us to image him. God uniquely honors humanity in this way. He's made nothing else in his image. Practically, this means that God made us to image, or reflect, him, as a mirror does. And in a world where we're encouraged to spend much time gazing at ourselves in a mirror, it's helpful every time we look in the mirror to be reminded that we're to mirror God to others. He created us to reflect his goodness and glory in the world around us, like Moses, who radiated the glory of God after being in God's presence.
All the Wrong Places
The question of identity is one with which humans have struggled since the very beginning of creation. Only by seeing ourselves rightly and biblically between God and the animals can we have both humility and dignity. There alone are we as God intended us to be. By understanding our position under God as created beings, we should remain humble toward and dependent upon God. By understanding our position of dominion over creation, we embrace our dignity as morally superior to animals and expect more from others and ourselves as God's image bearers.
You were created by God, are on the earth to image and glorify God, and when you die, if you are in Christ, you will be with God forever, imaging and glorifying him perfectly in a sinless state.
Ways We image God
Imaging God involves thinking with our heads, feeling with our hearts, and doing with our hands. We're to think God's thoughts and agree with his truth as revealed in Scripture. We're to feel God's feelings, such as hating injustice and oppression, loving people, grieving sin's devastating effects, and rejoicing in redemption. We're to join God's work using our hands to serve others—Christian and non—with acts of compassion and generosity. When we reflect something of God with our heads, hearts, and hands out of love for him and others, we do what we were created for. This is joyful for us, helpful for others, and worshipful toward God.
As image bearers of a trinitarian God, we're also made for friendship, community, and conversation. Much of what God designed us to do must be accomplished in and through community. This is why in Genesis 2:18, God said it was "not good" for us to be alone even though sin had not yet entered the world, and why he made another human so our first father, Adam, would have our first mother, Eve, with whom to image God.
When God created Adam and Eve, he spoke to them, explaining that they were free to enjoy all of his creation with only one exception—the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God spoke to them not because they were sinners—the Fall had not yet happened—but rather because they were human. As humans, and even more so now as sinful humans, we need to hear from God so we can know who we are and subsequently what we should do and not do.
God's enemy and our adversary tempted our first parents to sin by creating an identity crisis. The father of lies implied that their eyes were closed to their true identity and that their "eyes [would] be opened, and [they would] be like God." Tragically, the Bible then records the dark, devastating, damning, destructive day when sin entered the world.
Here is the truth: God made us with our eyes open in his "likeness," which is our true identity. But Satan and people like him, with the same sinful motives (much like Leonard's friends in Memento), lie to us about who we are in order to serve their own plans. And here is the lie: we will be "like" God if we'll base our identity upon someone or something else other than God and the grace God bestows upon us. Adam and Eve fell for it. Rather than simply believing that they were already "like God" because God made them in his "likeness," our first parents disbelieved their God-given identity and instead sought to create their own apart from him. The result was the first sin and the Fall. We humans have had an identity crisis ever since, seeking to construct an identity ourselves while forgetting about the one God has already given us.
I'm a Worshipper
God created us as worshippers, and worship, rightly understood, begins with the doctrine of the Trinity and the doctrine of Image. In his magnificent book on worship, Harold Best describes the Trinity as the uniquely Continuous Outpourer who continually pours himself out between the persons of the Godhead in unceasing communication, love, friendship, and joy. We, then, created in God's image, are also unceasing worshippers and continuous outpourers. Best says:
We were created continuously outpouring. Note that I did not say we were created to be continuous outpourers. Nor can I dare imply that we were created to worship. This would suggest that God is an incomplete person whose need for something outside himself (worship) completes his sense of himself. It might not even be safe to say that we were created for worship, because the inference can be drawn that worship is a capacity that can be separated out and eventually relegated to one of several categories of being. I believe it is strategically important, therefore, to say that we were created continuously outpouring—we were created in that condition, at that instant, imago Dei [image of God].
Worship is not merely an aspect of our being but the essence of our being. Best synthesizes his thoughts on worship by saying, "I have worked out a definition for worship that I believe covers every possible human condition. It is this: Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever become in light of a chosen or choosing god."
Our worship never starts and stops. It's not limited to a building in which we attend sacred meetings and sing worship songs. Rather, our entire life is devoted to pouring ourselves into someone or something. Saying it another way, we're "unceasing worshippers." We aren't created to worship, but rather we're created worshipping.
Everything in life is sacred, and nothing is secular. It's a lie from Satan that life can be compartmentalized in such a way. Everyone—from atheists to Christians—worships unceasingly. In the eyes of God, our choices, values, expenditures, words, actions, and thoughts are all acts of worship. They make up our identity. The only question is, what is your object of worship?
All of humanity can be divided into two categories: those who worship the Creator and those who worship created things. Because of sin, we're prone to worship anyone and anything other than the God who made everyone and everything. That is idolatry.
Idolatry is when we make a created thing a god thing, which is a bad thing. Idolatry is so destructive and pervasive that biblical counselor David Powlison has rightly said, "Idolatry is by far the most frequently discussed problem in the Scriptures."
Whatever we base our identity and value on becomes "deified." Our deified object of worship then determines what we glorify and live for. If our object of worship is anything other than God, we're idolaters worshipping created things, including the fallen angels whom God created. This is precisely what Paul was getting at in Romans 1:25, which speaks of idolaters "who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." To put it simply, underlying our sinful false worship is the fact that our identity has become rooted in our idolatry. Therefore, it's vital that we learn to know our identity idolatry.
To help you understand idols, think of them in terms of items, Duties, others, Longings, and Sufferings.
What we own is our public way of projecting our desired image. The examples are endless and include such things as our vehicles, wardrobes, technologies, homes, jewelry, furniture, and more. Consumerism is now essentially the American religion. Consumer culture is so pervasive that we take it for granted, and almost no aspect of life is untouched by it. Everywhere we turn, we run into advertising telling us to buy things we don't need, with money we don't have, to impress people we don't know.
There are three main characteristics of the phenomenon of consumerism in America today. First, consumerism isn't just a behavior but is, in Christian terms, a worldview that tells us who we are. If possessions define your identity, then the brand name on your clothes and the maker of your car are vital.
Second, consumerism is often driven by the desire to gain status and prestige with one's peers. Sociologist Thorstein Veblen, who coined the phrase "conspicuous consumption," articulated this idea at the turn of the last century. Veblen argued that the chief way we obtain social prestige and power is through conspicuous displays of leisure and consumption. Social prestige is connected to wealth, and we demonstrate our wealth by flaunting it.
Today, with television tours of the world's wealthiest people's homes, we no longer compare our possessions to those of the generations before us or our neighbors but rather to the elite's. The results are coveting, overspending, and debt fueled by advertising. Some sociologists call this "competitive consumption," which forces average people and families to work harder, spend less time with those they love, and live more miserably enslaved to debt in an ongoing effort to prop up some false sense of identity and personal value.
Third, products are not simply valued for their usefulness but rather play a central role in the cultivation and maintenance of our identity. This is a powerful explanation for why consumer goods are so much more than objects we use; they are things for which we will fight and sometimes even kill.
The point is that in today's consumer culture, our goods are carriers of meaning. They define us, send social signals to others, and construct our identities. Subsequently, wearing non-designer clothes, driving an old car, and using anything but the latest technology somehow devalues us as human beings. Put bluntly, when consumerism is your religion and stuff the object of your worship, "the things you own end up owning you," to quote Tyler Durden from the movie Fight Club (1999).
The problem is not in the mall but rather in us. It's not a sin to purchase items or even to appreciate and enjoy them. But when those things become the source of our identity, we become guilty of idolatry.
Life is filled with duties, starting with chores when we are young, then homework in school, job requirements in the workforce, ministry obligations in the church, relational duties in marriage, and parental and grandparental duties in our families. Our duties can rightly be a way we worship God or wrongly be a god we worship.
If you find your identity in the achievement of your duties, you'll have many troubles. First, you'll always search for something to excel at in an effort to outperform others and demonstrate your superiority. Once you believe you've found that "thing," you'll become overly committed and possibly even obsessed with mastering it. Other people and things (like your health) will no longer matter much to you and will instead be placed on the altar of success to the god of achievement. Soon you'll become so competitive that winning is all that matters. The more you win, the less compassion you have for others. In time, this will turn into disdain for those who are hurting, struggling, or failing. As you succeed, you will become proud and unpleasant to be around, with all your boasting about your accomplishments—even if it's only by subtly moving conversations toward you and your achievements while fishing for compliments. When you fail or lose, you become depressed, panicked, and devastated, which makes you both miserable and miserable to be around.
The truth is that you're not what you do. You have God-given natural talents, Holy Spirit–endowed gifts, and unique abilities. You also have duties, but these duties do not define you, because your identity is not determined by what you do. Rather, who you are in Christ helps you faithfully pursue your duties and use your abilities without them becoming the essence of your dignity and identity.
God made us for friendship and community. It's good to have others in our lives. But like all things, this good thing can become a god thing if others become the source of our identity. This happens broadly in our identification with a collective tribe of people, and narrowly in our individual relationships with others.
Your tribe is the greater community with which you most closely identify. Its members can include not only your family, but also people from your city, school, class, and sports team. Your tribe can also include those having the same nationality, race, gender, ethnicity, culture, income level, hobby, political party, theological affinity, sexual orientation, and more. While it is good to have community, we often turn this good thing into a bad thing by basing our identity on and idolizing our tribes.
If you idolize your tribe, you will also demonize other tribes. This explains why there is often unnecessary and unholy hostility between nations, cities, genders, races, schools, classes, cultures, sports fans, churches, political parties, educational systems (e.g., private, public, homeschool), and even Christian denominations.
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1 I Am_____? 1
2 I Am in Christ 15
3 I Am a Saint 28
4 I Am Blessed 42
5 I Am Appreciated 54
6 I Am Saved 66
7 I Am Reconciled 79
8 I Am Afflicted 94
9 I Am Heard 109
10 I Am Gifted 121
11 I Am New 138
12 I Am Forgiven 153
13 I Am Adopted 168
14 I Am Loved 184
15 I Am Rewarded 198
16 I Am Victorious 212
About the Author 239
Posted January 1, 2013
To be honest, I was so ready to read this book. I have loved Mark's videos I've seen on Mars Hill Church website as well as the videos from Right Now Media. I also thoroughly enjoyed reading his previous book "Real Marriage".
The beginning of this book crept very slowly for me. I have a very hard time getting into it and was almost ready to put it down. There was a huge history lesson about Ephesus and the people of that time. I'm not saying that was bad. But, I just finished a Bible Literature class for college that was more exciting and engaging than the first couple chapters. But, I pushed through.
The final chapters are broken down into descriptions of your identity in Christ: a saint, blessed, appreciated, saved, reconciled, afflicted, heard, gifted, new, forgiven, adopted, loved, rewarded and victorious.
The thoughts and ideas expressed in the book were not really anything that I had never heard before. For someone that has been struggling in their faith, or have never read any books on "Who are you in Christ" kind of thing, this would be a good read. This would also be good book for someone that is starting out in their faith and they have no idea where to begin in the Bible or in their walk with Jesus. For those of us that have been in this faith journey and have read many "Jesus-help" books, this is a good refresher and reminder. The text is easy to read and easy to follow.
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Posted December 22, 2012
Great book by Driscoll. The issue is identity and the pursue of identity in America and the west. The book is based on Ephesians and really great use of a ton of stories of real people are within each chapter. There is also a Study Guide that goes along with this book that is a great tool for Churches, small groups and bible studies.
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Posted December 22, 2012
Who Do You Think You Are does a job revealing many of the false identities that we look to for our value. It is well written, extremely
practical, and a must read for anyone who is struggling with the question of identity. Thank you Pastor Mark for this great resource!
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Posted May 7, 2013
We all start our journey with Christ at different stages of “discovering who we are”. This concept of who am I is the subject of many self help books, many spiritual journeys and yet the basis of who we are in Christ, is all too often hidden from us. I found this book truly insightful. A chapter by chapter study of the book of Ephesians which clearly defines all the different characteristics of a Christ follower, finally getting to the core of who we are in Him. We will never be effective Christians unless we really understand what it means to be a Christian and that our identity as a son or daughter of God means that we truly put off ourselves and take on Christ in every way so that we can be, more than conquerors . Thank you Mr. Driscoll for this book. I recommend it for anybody who might be wondering truly who they really are.
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Posted April 6, 2013
In his book ‘Who do you think you are?’ Pastor Mark Driscoll attempts to expound who we are in Christ. As the title suggests, he aids the readers to discover their true identity in Christ. Pastor Mark has bought out a convincing treatise on the issue of our identity. But, I would say that the style of writing could have been better. Pastor Mark takes a mode of delivering a sermon. Except this minor glitch, he has done a stupendous work.
Throughout the sixteen chapters in the book, Pastor Mark tells how we are blessed, appreciated, saved, reconciled, afflicted, heard, gifted, forgiven, adopted, loved, rewarded and victorious in Christ. He takes us through the entire book of Ephesians to explain each and every blessing in Christ. Added to that, he uses real life examples in every chapter to touch the hearts of the readers.
Some of my favorite one-liners from the book:
‘What you do doesn’t determine who you are. Rather, who you are in Christ determines what you do.’
‘In the eyes of God, our choices, values, expenditures, words, actions, and thoughts are all acts of worship. They make up our identity.’
‘God knows that what you do flows from who you are. As Christians, we live from our identity, not for our identity. We are defined by who we are in Christ, not what we do or fail to do for Christ.’
‘We are not what we do. We do what we are. Our identity determines our activity….Our identity as new creations in Christ is the key to our victory like Christ.’
I would give this one three out of five stars.
Please note that I received this book from Thomas Nelson through their book review program in exchange for an honest review. Also be informed that the opinions I have expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Posted April 1, 2013
Why do I always have mixed thoughts and feelings about Mark Driscoll? Perhaps because he enjoys being a lightning rod pastor. He is not afraid to confront the world or the traditions of the church. Driscoll can be very cutting edge––cutting to most mainstream Christians and edgy to young believers seeking to make a difference in their world.
When Driscoll writes topically, thematically (e.g., Real Marriage: the truth about sex, friendship and life together), I just pass on by. He has a tendency to speak to the grunge crowd of Seattle more than the rest of the world. This may be fine for that context, but it just won’t play in Peoria. However, I find that when he goes to the Bible and sticks with the text, he does fairly well. He’s orthodox in his beliefs (if not so much in practice). His exposition works well––he illumines the text and its meaning.
I think he’s done this with one of his latest books, Who Do You Think You Are? Entering the book of Ephesians is a wonderful place to go if you want to learn who you’ve become, who you are and who you’ll be forever. Driscoll does a more than adequate job of taking the text and relating it to our world today. Americans (and American Christians are no different, sadly), pay far too much attention to what their self-esteem is. As believers, we should be far more concerned with our Christ-esteem: do we esteem Him at all? If so, how much? How is that seen in our lives, our deeds, our words? Driscoll forces us to use Scripture to think on these things.
The writing in this book makes me wonder if Driscoll didn’t have assistance in simply taking a sermon series and putting it to book form. There seem to be some repetitive portions, which as a pastor/preacher I know are helpful in an extended preaching series. However, the book is, overall, very readable.
I commend this book to you…if you can set your preconceived thoughts of the author aside long enough to read it.
Posted March 29, 2013
Finding Your True Identity In Christ
"We don't understand who we truly are children of God made in His image." and that is very true. Many times we forget who we really are in Christ and our true identity. the author is
founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle Washington and Creator of Resurgence the largest Christian Leadership website. I always am glad to see an extensive notes section and an index to quickly find something I had read. Big name endorsements such as Rick Warren and Sheila Walsh help to round out the endorsements. The titles of the chapters hint at the content such as I am a saint, I am appreciated, I am Reconciled, I am Forgiven, and I am Victorious. The author dedicates this book to his teenage daughter and this book should be given to all of our children.
So many people seek to get their identity through this world, but only when we realize who we are in Christ will we realize our true identity. Questions everyone must ask themselves are Who are you? What defines you? What is your identity? and What does it mean to be "in Christ?" Other books by the author include Real Marriage, also on his website are several sermons and guest blogs from the Washington Post.
In the chapter I am Blessed, the author briefly touches on predestination. He says
"For the Christian, the doctrine of predestination is something to be considered and rejoiced in. The Christian is supposed to lovingly, truthfully, and humbly present the gospel of Jesus Christ to non-Christians and see what God does as a result."
Quotes from R.C. Sproul, John Piper, and Jonathan Edwards help to ground the theology in Biblical principles. The chapters begin with a passage from Ephesians and contain stories from members of Mars church.
Website of Mark Driiscoll can be found at pastormark.tv/book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling in their identity, which is everyone at one time or another.
Posted March 5, 2013
Posted February 28, 2013
In the book Who Do You Thing You Are? Mark Driscoll explores the identity of every Christian. By unfolding Paul’s famous phrase “in Christ” Driscoll explains how each believer has to overcome the temptation to follow after false identities for the true identity found in the Lord. The reader is then taken through an informative survey of the book of Ephesians to fully unpack who we really are in Christ.
To be perfectly honest I had some major hesitations reading this book. As a pastor you hear rumors and opinions about some pastor or author, and one is quick to judge off of that information. Driscoll was no exception for me. However, I have found this book to be one of the BEST books I have ever picked up. Driscoll is very through and captivating in his writing. He shows a love and respect for the Scriptures and his end notes hold a wealth of information for the Bible student. I personally found this book to be a great up lift in my spiritual walk and would recommend it to anyone who is “in Christ”!
Disclosure: I did receive a free review copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers, but was not required to write a positive review.
Posted February 21, 2013
One of the best books I have read on finding our identity in Christ. Interspersed with real life stories, the author brought to life the passages of the epistle to the Ephesians. In today’s upside down world of brokenness, the importance to grasp our solid foundation in Christ cannot be taken for granted anymore. Many young people have lost their footing in Christianity and wavering about between what is the philosophy of the world and what is of the Bible. Peer pressures and the unreal world of entertainment have clouded the eyes from seeing what God sees in His sons and daughters. Mark Driscoll’s seriousness of wanting readers to stand upright in this broken world is permeated in every page of this book. The reading of this book must not be rushed. I hope this book can help Christians appreciate the Bible even more as they grasp the full meaning of who we really are in Christ. The title of the book also gets the attention of everyone, both believers and unbelievers. I urge everyone to get hold of this book and praise God for what He has given to us and done in us!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2013
There is a wealth of insight in this book! Identity is one of top things I see 20-something Christians (or anybody for that matter) struggle with. I love how Driscoll's writing is always grounded in the word. Be prepared to stop a lot and reflect on your own identity and your relationship with Christ.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2013
Posted January 23, 2013
This book is one of Driscolls best to date. In a society that dictates who we are and why, this book uses Scriptural reasons why we can believe we are who God says as believers we are, no more, no less. It gives helpful insights into battling Satan's lies. Highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2013
I have been following Mark Driscoll and MarsHill Church since 2003.
I have had the pleasure of watching his sermons online and have read everyone of his books during that time.
This book like all others is great, It speak to the heart and his use of the Bible encourages and convicts to make a change.
I would recommend to any age as we all fight our own identity!
Posted January 13, 2013
Posted January 10, 2013
What a great book this is! Mark Driscoll has a gift for directly applying the Bible to real life questions. I'm so excited to journey through Ephesians with Mars Hill Church. There is no greater question that we as humans can ask then "What are we placing our identity in?" and there is no other life giving identity apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ. This book is a must read for EVERYONE!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2013
"The Absolute worst place to begin constructing your identity is you, which is precisely where most counseling begins. The best place to begin constructing and identity is Jesus Christ, which is precisely where Scripture begins." - Mark Driscoll
"What on earth am I here for?" That question has caused more trouble and brought more peace than possible any other in history. "What is the meaning of life?" That question has sent people looking and searching for purpose from sea to shining sea. However, there is another question that I believe must first be answered before one can begin to live a life of true purpose. The question is this…"WHO AM I?"
In his latest book, Pastor Mark Driscoll sets out to tackle the ageless identity crisis of mankind by revealing what scripture says about our true identity. According to the scripture:
We are in Christ. We are gifted.We are saved.We are Victorious and so much more.What shocked me about this book is how it is more than just a "feel good" pop Christian book. A strong argument can be made that Pastor Mark has written a modern day commentary on the Book of Ephesians. I believe this book will be the standard for a generation of preachers who are teaching on issues of identity or teaching from Ephesians in general. It is that good.While the book digs into the context more than some are used to, Pastor Mark always "lands the plane" with practical application and real life illustrations.
I encourage you to pick up a copy here. Use it for small groups. Use it for a sermon series. Use it for personal growth. Share it with someone who is struggling with identity issues.
The folks at The Resurgence and Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with copies of this book for review.
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Posted December 24, 2012
Hey guys. So… I gotta be honest… I’m usually pretty wary of anything Mark Driscoll puts out. I like him and all, and I think he has some good things to say, but I’ve usually taken most of what he says with a grain of salt; comparing his opinions against others and then forming my own. When I saw his new book, “Who Do You Think You Are?” on booksneeze, I was getting ready to pass it over. However, I felt a tugging to go back and at least read the description. So I read the description and promptly ordered it.
See, here’s the thing… a lot of Christians don’t know who they are in Christ. They think going to church is the extent of their relationship with God… and that they haven’t become that new creation of which 2 Corinthians speaks.
While I still hold the, “Compare all of what Driscoll says against Scripture along with other commentators/theologians” (I say to do this with all writers), Mr. Mark’s book “Who Do You Think You Are?” is a pretty good read. And, to be personal, I gotta say this came at the perfect time for me.
Four out of five stars.
I was given this book free of charge from the Thomas Nelson booksneeze blogger programme in exchange for an honest review.