Who Do You Think You Are?
Finding Your True Identity in Christ
by Mark Driscoll
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If you’ve ever felt that trying to live as a Christian is like trying to find your away out of a strange city, then Mark Driscoll gives you the equivalent of a spiritual Sat-Nav. If you’ve ever felt that, how ever hard you try to stay on the Bible’s straight and narrow, you always find yourself down a blind alley, then ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ is your road map out of the backstreets and onto the highway.
Mark shows how we often fail to find the right answers because we ask the wrong question. Instead of, ‘How do I get I out of here?’, the Mars Hill pastor asks ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. In this mind changing book, Mark shows how we can’t know where we’re going until we know who we’re meant to be. Knowing your true identity is the key to knowing which way to turn.
Mark Driscoll helps you answer the only question you really need to ask: ‘Who are you I in Christ?’
"The fundamental problem we have in this world," says Mark Driscoll, "is that we don't understand who we truly are - children of God made in his image – so we define ourselves by any number of things other than Jesus.”
His book – a good read also presented as a small group study reassures you that in Christ you are:
• You are a saint
• You are blessed
• You are saved
• You are afflicted
• You are heard
Mark says that with our true identity grounded in Christ, we can “finally deal with and overcome the issues in our lives.”
The key message of the book and study course is directed at new and experienced Christians who’ve begun to struggle – or struggled for years. Whatever the past – or present, Mark reassures you that:
• 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.
• It’s who you are in Christ determines what you do.
These are fundamental truths that Pastor Mark explores with you and leading you toward your own, God created answer to the question: Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ.
Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll was published by Thomas Nelson in February 2013 and is our 344th best seller. The ISBN for Who Do You Think You Are? is 9781400275960.
Mark Driscoll shows that how you answer these questions affects every aspect of your life: personal, public, and spiritual.
• WHO ARE YOU?
• WHAT DEFINES YOU?
• WHAT IS YOUR IDENTITY?
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
Drawing from nearly two decades of pastoring, Mark Driscoll knows that underlying most individuals’ struggles in life is the issue of their identity.
“The fundamental problem we have in this world,” he says, “is that we don’t understand who we truly are — children of God made in his image — and define ourselves by any number of things other than Jesus. Only by knowing our false identity apart from Christ, in comparison to our true identity in him, can we finally deal with and overcome the issues in our lives.”
Who Do You Think You Are? is an exploration of the issue of identity and an encouraging examination of what it means to be “in Christ.”
1. I Am _________?
2. I Am in Christ
3. I Am a Saint
4. I Am Blessed
5. I Am Appreciated
6. I Am Saved
7. I Am Reconciled
8. I Am Afflicted
9. I Am Heard
10. I Am Gifted
11. I Am New
12. I Am Forgiven
13. I Am Adopted
14. I Am Loved
15. I Am Rewarded
16. I Am Victorious
- About the Author
“'Who do you think you are?' If I asked you that question, how would you answer it? It’s an enormous life changing identity forming question. It’s the one thing that can change everything. And some are working frantically to create an identity, others are working frantically to maintain an identity, and others are suffering miserably because their identity has crashed and collapsed because it’s not it Christ.
“In the Book of Ephesians this is exactly the issue the timeless eternal significant, central, essential issue that the Holy Spirit goes after through the pen of Paul ad we wan to help you understand the fullness of your identity in Christ. This will allow you to live with hope and joy, but not just rooted in platitudes and pithy statements but rooted in the finished work and in the unfailing, unending, unequal love of Jesus Christ. And I want to help you answer that question: 'Who do you think you are?'”
Praise for Mark Driscoll’s book ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
• Steven Furtick (author of ‘Greater’)
“Mark Driscoll is a gifted teacher able to make complicated spiritual truths easy to understand and apply in our lives. In ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ you will be transformed by the truth that we are made in the image of God. And this isn’t just an abstract theory to think about—it’s a practical reality to live by.”
• Paul Tripp (author of ‘Dangerous Calling’)
“Finally someone has given the foundational and transformational subject of gospel identity the thorough treatment it needs. Jesus didn’t just forgive your sins — he gave you a brand-new, life-altering identity as well. Every human being assigns to himself and lives out of some kind of identity. In this very helpful book, Mark powerfully addresses both our identity idolatry and our identity amnesia. I am very thankful for this book and soon you will be too.”
• Douglas Wilson (author of ‘Indispensable Dad’, A Primer on Worship’)
“I am very pleased with Mark Driscoll’s latest book, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Normally that question makes me start guiltily, but in this case, Driscoll is simply unpacking the ground of every believer’s identity from the book of Ephesians. Many people will be enormously helped by this book.”
• Sheila Walsh (author of ‘God Loves Broken People’)
“This book hits very close to home for me. I spent years in ministry for Christ without understanding my identity in Christ. I know now that I was not alone. When we place our identity in anything but our relationship with Jesus, then we have built our future on a platform that could crumble at any moment. But 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.”
• Rick Warren (author of ‘The Purpose Driven Life’)
“The key to understanding your true identity is shaped by your relationship with Jesus Christ. ‘In Christ’ you are completely acceptable, extremely valuable, eternally loved, totally forgiven, and fully capable. Pick up a copy of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and learn the truth about who you really are.”
• Greg Laurie (author of ‘Upside Down Living’)
“'Who do you think you are?' is a far-reaching, belief-revealing, life-shaping, and identity-forming question. My friend Mark Driscoll is an exciting new voice speaking to a newly-minted generation of men and women who are hungry for spiritual truth today. ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ brings us insights from ancient history that speak to us powerfully today. Mark unpacks truth that every believer, young and old, needs to know. I highly recommend this book to you.”
‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ leads toward answering for yourself the only question you need to get right in order to resolve what you need to do: to find that your true identity – your true self is in Christ. But what does it mean to ‘find your identity in Christ’? Mark Driscoll – with 20 years of experience in communicating the gospel gives a deep exploration and memorable short phrases to encourage you to find out.
On Worship in Christ…
• “Our duties can rightly be a way we worship God or wrongly be a god we worship.”
• “Idolatry is when we make a created thing a god thing, which is a bad thing.”
• “Before we can deal with any idolatry, we must first understand our identity.”
• “Consumerism is now essentially the American religion.”
• “It’s not about you. It’s all about Jesus.”
On What You Do and Who You Are in Christ…
• “God’s saints are average and sinful people who love Jesus.”
• “You aren’t what’s been done to you but what Jesus has done for you.”
• “Who you are in Christ determines what you do.”
• “Here is the trust: God made us with our eyes open in his ‘likeness.’”
• “Social prestige is connected to wealth, and we demonstrate our wealth by flaunting it.”
• “The truth is that you’re not what you do.”
• “God offers us something even greater than a biography. He offers us a testimony.”
On Your Identity in Christ…
• “Sin may explain some of your activity, but it's not your identity.”
• “Christ defines who we are by who he is and what he’s done for us, in us, and through us.”
• “Correctly knowing one’s true identity is the one thing that changes everything.”
On Conviction of Life in Christ…
• “Conviction leads to life. Condemnation leads to despair.”
• “Conviction leads to new identity in Christ. Condemnation leads to old identity in sin.”
• “Conviction brings specific awareness of a sin. Condemnation brings vague uncertainty about sin.”
In the opening chapter of “'Who Do You Think You Are?' Mark makes reference to the movie ‘Memento’. The story centres on Leonard Shelby’s attempts to track down his wife's killer despite a memory condition (retrograde amnesia) which means he can’t hold any facts in his head for more than a few minutes. He deals with his disability with an assembly of pictures and other artefacts that act as memory substitutes. But Leonard’s enemies use his condition against himself until Leonard questions everything including his own identity and he even begins to doubt who he really is.
Mark Driscoll compares Leonard’s inability to hang on to his sense of identity to a Christian’s forgetfulness of who are in Christ. And it’s when we forget that, we start to look for our self-worth and self image in values of our degraded and degrading consumerist culture. Underlying our problems and struggles in life, he says, is the issue of our true identity.
He goes on to say that 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. It’s likely that every Christian would find it easy to agree with this, the difficulties come when we try to do something about it.
Firstly, he says we have to understand what God intended us to be – to know the identity he gave us from the beginning. We were made to be the image of God, therefore our identity is fundamentally joined to who God is. So first of all, we need to know who God is – that means we have to live in relationship with him.
Living the imaging God, Mark says, involves thinking with our heads, feeling with our hearts, and doing with our hands. This means using our hands to serve others - Christian and not - with acts of compassion and generosity. By reflecting God with our heads, hearts, and hands out of love for him and others, we do what we were created for.
But like Leonard in ‘Memento’, our best intentions are constantly undermined and we forget who are. This is not new, Paul wrote about the same thing: in Romans 1:25. He even named the impostors that steal our true identity away from God. Mark calls these the idols of our times and names them: Items, Duties, Others, Longings and Sufferings.
With your identity crisis defined and your false identity named, The rest of Mark’s book is dedicated to helping you discover the power and joy that is found only in an identity founded and sustained in and by Jesus. His stated hope and prayer is that you’ll find the answer to the most important question you can ask: “Who am I?”, not in the world, but in Christ. – Les Ellison
“The fundamental problem we have in this world,” says Mark Driscoll, “is that we don’t understand who we truly are — children of God made in his image — so we define ourselves by any number of things other than Jesus.” In ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Guiding you away from the idols of false identity – some quite surprising, Mark leads you toward rediscovering your true identity in Christ. “Only by knowing our true identity in him,” writes Mark, “can we finally deal with, and overcome, the issues in our lives.”
Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, and with his wife, Grace, the co-author of Real Marriage , a number 1 New York Times best seller.
A speaker and teacher with a worldwide ministry, Mark and Grace started out in 1996 with a small Bible study at their home in the Wallingford neighbourhood of Seattle, which at the time was the least churched city in the U.S. Now the church has upward of 13,000 people meeting weekly across 14 locations in four states, Washington, Oregon, California, and New Mexico. Mars Hill has been recognized as the third-fastest-growing and 28th-largest church in the country (Outreach magazine, 2012 survey).
His most recent books include: ‘Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together’. ‘Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe’, ‘Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions’.
|Page last updated||16th May 2013|
|Author / Artist||Mark Driscoll|
|Publisher||Thomas Nelson (February 2013)|
|Number of Pages||270|