Session 4: Know Christ – Who are we?

Summary: In Guide 4 we look at how Peter’s confession models our moment of salvation.  Then, when we come to faith in Christ, He gives us a new identity, and the rest of our life is a process of conforming to that identity.  In short, we look at the difference between salvation and sanctification.  This study picks up where Guide 1 leaves off in the process of salvation.

Break the Ice

How was your name or your kid’s name picked?

Bring the Word

Read Matthew 16:13-20

  • What was the significance of someone’s name in the time and culture of Jesus?
  • Why would it be Significant that Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter?
  • Does a change in name represent a change in identity? If so, how?
  • Can you think of other people in the Bible who God changed their name?
  • What did Peter do to receive this new identity?
  • What do we do to receive salvation?
  • Is that considered a work?
  • What is our new identity after salvation?
  • What is the meaning of the name Peter?
  • Describe the new identity of Peter.

Read Matthew 16:21-23

  • Do Peter’s actions reflect the new identity given to him? Why or why not?
  • DId Christ change Simon Peter’s name to who he was currently or who he would become?
  • Do we immediately live according to our new Identity after salvation?
  • How do we come to resemble our new identity in Christ?

Bring it Home

Read Ephesians 2:8-10

  • Do we do any works for salvation?
  • Where does salvation come from?
  • Why do we do good works?

Read Ephesians 4:20-24

  • Is this verse talking about something we do in a moment or a process? 
  • What do we call this process?
  • How does sanctification differ from salvation?
  • When complete what should our new self look like?
  • How does that relate to the way God originally made man before sin entered the garden?
  • How can we pray for you?

Begin a Discipline

Journaling:  Try taking what you are reading and just writing a paragraph or 2 about what you are reading and how it relates to your life, the world, your family, etc. 

Prayer:  This week pray for the Church and its leadership!

Reading and reflection: Have you missed a few days or a few weeks? Don’t get discouraged, it happens! Just get back in God’s Word!  It’s not a check on a checklist–its a privilege in your relationship with God!

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