Yes, that’s the best we could do on a name for this episode. Yes, we tried to be creative. Yes, we came up short.
Isn’t that the way of things, though? When it comes to understanding who you are, it is not uncommon to feel as if you are coming up short. Not “living up” to certain standards or expectations when it comes to your personal identity.
How do we define ourselves? What makes you you? What makes me me?
Our culture is heavily invested in determining our identities. Recent studies have shown that each person encounters approximately 600 different advertisements every day, and the vast majority usually have something to do with adding, obtaining, maintaining, or upgrading some product or opportunity that will make for an easier life, or a more exciting life, or a more sociable life, and on and on.
Do you realize that such a constant bombardment of identity-driven promotions poses a significant danger to Christians, who, according to Ephesians 1, are meant to define themselves in Christ alone? This is the message with which the Apostle Paul opens his letter to the church in Ephesus. We used to walk in the ways of this world, but no more. We have been changed, transformed, adopted into a new family. The old ways of defining ourselves, of piecing together our identities, no longer works.
On this episode of The DBC Podcast, Bo sits down with Minister with Students, Mark Paul, and Assistant Minister with Students, Heather Morris, to discuss how Christians can better navigate the terrain of modern world identity. As ministers to teenagers who find themselves growing up in a world with what seems a million different identity options, what insight can they share in choosing an identity rooted in the transforming work of Jesus Christ? In a world that is always looking for bigger and better, yet embraces authenticity and brutal honesty, how can Christians be confident in who God has called them to be?
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