Back in January, I received a free copy of the book, "Who Do You Think You Are?" by Mark Driscoll, and I wrote a teaser review (click here to read it) as part of Mars Hill's official street team to promote the book on my social networks. Though life hasn't played out at all according to my plan to read and review this book quickly, I completely believe it has worked out the way God would have it.
This book was a God-sent.
Unlike many books that barely scrape the surface of who a believer is in Jesus, this book is a comprehensive course on a very powerful topic. I've been blowing up my newsfeed on facebook for the past few months with quote after quote from "Who Do You Think You Are?" because I completely believe in this message. I think one of the great errors in the modern church is that we have forgotten who we really are.
When I originally heard that Pastor Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington was working on this book, I was stoked.
I love how clearly he communicates the Gospel using examples from the culture we live in. He is dead-on accurate in Biblical theology. So, of course, when I heard they were looking for a blogger street team, I happily applied, and I couldn't be more pleased to share with you what I have learned as I have dove into this book these past few months.
True to his typical teaching style, Pastor Mark breaks this book down into 16 easily digestible chapters that are memorable and helpful.
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
Though I had originally intended to read through this book in a weekend, I am so very thankful that life spun out of control, and I had to work through each chapter slowly. I encourage you to take the time to read through this book intentionally and really let the implications of each chapter sink in and saturate your heart and mind deeply.
The Biblical truths found in these pages are life altering.
Even if you have been in church your whole life, you can still learn and receive from this book. Our identity is constantly challenged and warped by the world we live in.
In ministry, not only do we as a pastoral family suffer, we meet many people who are suffering. I believe the difference between suffering well and suffering poorly is in knowing who we are in Christ.
If our roots grow down deep into the all-sufficiency and peace of Jesus, nothing on this earth can shake us. My dear friends, that's something for hell to fear.
In conclusion, I'd like to share some favorite quotes with you.
"We're continually forgetting who we are in Christ and filling that void by placing our identity in pretty much anything else?"
Does that sound like you?
"How we see ourselves is our identity."
Who do you think you are? This will determine your life's course.
"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?"
Who do you really worship? Your life will tell.
"True life is only found in the holy joy, love, and peace that flow through us by the work of His Spirit."
Do you have true life in Jesus? Are you His?
"The truth is that we deserve love less than we could ever imagine, yet Jesus loves us more than we could ever dream."
"... For those of us in Christ, this life is the closest to hell we will ever get, and victory is ultimately ours."
"So who do you think you are? If you love Jesus, serve Him, follow Him, and call Him your Lord and Savior. There's good news: in Christ you have a new identity. And the great news about this good news is that once you really know and believe that, your life will be changed forever."
I highly recommend "Who Do You Think You Are?" by Pastor Mark Driscoll. It's a journey through Scripture that every Christian should take to be reminded of who they are in Christ.
*Blog Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book to review, but the opinions I have expressed are completely my own. I liked the book so much that I bought a kindle version on my own to use for highlighting and studying purposes later.*
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