Identity Theft - Part 2: "Right Here Right Now"

Series: Identity Theft

We are shaped by what we do or by what has been done to us.  But  there is something greater that can shape our identity - something lasting and solid.  Change can happen right here right now.  This message will show us the value of time spent in prayer and the bible, and finding true community in groups.

Speaker: Tim Hoeksema

July 5, 2020

Tim Hoeksema

Groups Director

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Identity Theft – Message Notes

Part 2 – “Right Here, Right Now”

July 5, 2020



Who God is and what God does shapes who we are and what we do.








Identity amnesia can cause us to keep searching for meaning and purpose or grow weary and lose hope. When we forget who we are it causes all kinds of secondary issues.



“To be loved and not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” Tim Keller





Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.



2 Corinthians 5:21

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.



Colossians 3:2-3

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.



Colossians 3:9-10

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.



Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


Colossians 3:16-17

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:16-17




Group Questions:


  1. What’s your take on the statement, “Who God is and what God does shapes who we are and what we do”?
  2. Do you struggle with identity amnesia? If so, how?
  3. What happens in you as you hear the Tim Keller quote?
  4. How does the gospel give us a new identity?
  5. Read Colossians 3:1-17, what truth do you resonate with the most?
  6. Is there anything Tim missed that you’d like to talk about?
  7. What is your next step as you pursue your God given identity?




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