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HACKED Week 3: Stolen by Success

HACKED Week 3: Stolen by Success

SERIES TITLE

HACKED…Reclaiming Your True Identity

SERIES INTRODUCTION

Too many people don’t know who they really are! They have first and last names, a title, an ID, but their true identity remains a mystery. We easily lose ourselves in success, our past, our image, and oftentimes, our relationships. 

  • What do you see when you look in the mirror?


MESSAGE TITLE

Stolen by Success

SERMON GUIDE

This week we looked at how much God’s wants us to experience what Jesus describes as “life to the full.”  He knows that if we don’t look to Him for purpose, worth, truth, and unfailing love our priorities get out of whack.

  1. Think about the things that make you feel good about yourself. What happens to your self-worth if any of these things change?

  2. Ecclesiastes 4:4(NLT) says, “Then I observed that most people are motivated to success by their envy of their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless, like chasing the wind.“Share a time in your life where it felt meaningless. 

    Have someone read Luke 18:18-21

  3. This man comes to Jesus asking, “what do I need to do to inherit eternal life?” He was a high performer, ready to do what he needed to do. He had a checklist of all the commands he had kept but money was his idol. In the end, the one thing Jesus challenged him to do, give away his wealth, he couldn’t do. He couldn’t surrender his heart to God.

  4. Have someone read 1 John 3:1. We find our identity when we accept and experience God’s lavish love for us. Share a time you experienced God’s overwhelming love for you. How did that change you?

  5. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” Mike talked about true intimacy with God is when we feel His presence and sense Him directing our path. Intimacy with God happens when we are talking to Him daily, worshipping and expressing gratitude. On a scale of 1-5 how would you rate your intimacy with God right now? What could you do to draw closer to Him?

  6. Have someone read Ephesians 2:10. Share what it means to think of yourself as God’s masterpiece? How does that make a difference in how you live your life?


APPLICATION

This weekend Mike shared the story of the teacher who was overcoming an eating disorder by saying the verses he had shared last week before each meal. That first step led them to be able to eat a meal without getting sick. What is one area of your life you need help overcoming? Commit to looking up and writing down a few verses and praying them daily.

PRAYER

Break into groups of two to three and pray that you would walk in the freedom God has given you, in confidence.  

HACKED Week 2: Mugged by the Mirror

HACKED Week 2: Mugged by the Mirror

SERIES TITLE

HACKED…Reclaiming Your True Identity

SERIES INTRODUCTION

Too many people don’t know who they really are! They have first and last names, a title, an ID, but their true identity remains a mystery. We easily lose ourselves in success, our past, our image, and oftentimes, our relationships.

  • What do you see when you look in the mirror?


MESSAGE TITLE

Mugged by the Mirror

SERMON GUIDE

This week’s message focuses on the images we try to live up to and form our identity around. Instead of clinging to the image of God in us, how easy it is to fall into searching for the next best thing, leaving us unsatisfied and disappointed. Mike takes us through John, Ephesians, Colossians, even Genesis, showing us the perfect identity we already have in Christ. Key point: It starts on the inside.

Have someone read Colossians 3:12. How can we put on like a garment — dress ourselves — in love, every day?

From a young age, our perceptions of body image are formed. How does this impact the way we see our creator? How do we let this image take over the image of God in us?

  1. Have someone read John 10:10. The original hacker (Satan) comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; that is his sole intention. How does knowing this affect our awareness of him and his tactics?

  2. It is hard to see through the lies we believe when they are constantly being reinforced around us. Which lie about yourself do you believe most easily (e.g., “If I could just look like that… girls/guys will want me, employers will hire me, friends will want to be with me…”)?

  3. Have someone read Genesis 3:1-5. Adam and Eve bought into the lie that God was holding out on them. Have you ever felt like that? Satan slyly questions God’s commands, and in doing so convinced Adam and Eve that God’s words weren’t true. Can you relate to them in this way? What kind of lies have you struggled with in your life?

  4. So many of us spend a lifetime trying to become what we don’t realize we already are: accepted. Henri Nouwen said this, “Even though you may not be chosen by the world, you are chosen by God. Every time you listen to his voice, you will discover within yourself a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply. It is like discovering a well in the desert.” Is it hard to grasp that you are already accepted? How can we let that truth consume us?

  5. What if the words of an insensitive dad, and insecure mom, a teasing brother, or a screwed-up culture were replaced by the loving words from your heavenly father? What if the lies of the thief were replaced by the truth of God?

  6. Mike shared a few “Victorious Secrets,” like “Know what God says,” “See how God sees,” and “Love who God loves.“ Which one of these is the hardest for you to grasp? Why?  


APPLICATION

What is one thing you discussed today that you want to implement this week with your own self-image and identity?

Are you allowing yourself to be mugged by the mirror? What steps do you need to take to put on, dress yourself in love, and step into who God says you are?

PRAYER

Break into groups of two to three, and pray that God would guide you to realize, embrace, and embody the internal beauty and identity that he has already given you.  

HACKED Week 1: Ripped Off by Relationships

HACKED Week 1: Ripped Off by Relationships

Note to leaders: We are trying a new format for this series. Each week we will be providing a series of questions. If you have feedback, we would love to hear from you. Email cliefeld@eastside.com. Thanks!

SERIES TITLE

HACKED… Reclaiming Your True Identity

SERIES INTRODUCTION

Too many people don’t know who they really are! They have first and last names, a title, an ID, but their true identity remains a mystery. We can easily lose ourselves in success, our past, our image, and oftentimes, our relationships.

  • When someone asks you to tell them about yourself, what first comes to mind? Why do you think that is?


MESSAGE TITLE

Ripped Off by Relationships

SERMON GUIDE

This week’s message focuses on relationships and how they impact our identity. We desire love. As we try to fill our desire for unfailing love with people who are, of course, fallible, we set ourselves up for some inevitable disappointments and heartaches. Mike takes us through Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, showing us throughout different cultures and contexts, the human desire for greater love.

  1. Our names are the first thing we ever own, a key piece of our identity. Why is identity so important? Have you ever felt like Mike did on the first day of school?

  2. Have someone read Psalms 36:7. The unfailing love spoken of here is found 40 times in scripture in connection to God, the only one that can truly give it. Why do you think we reach for identity in places other than God? 

  3. We all have a God-shaped hole in our hearts that cannot be filled with anything but Jesus. How have you tried to fill it with other things? What was the result?

  4. Have someone read Psalm 68:5-6a. God sets the lonely in families, and being part of God’s family is a crucial piece of our identity. How does being in Christ, and Christ being in us, change who we are?

  5. Have someone read Ephesians 3:16-19. What does it mean to grasp God’s love? The Greek word used here for “grasp” comes from the word for “rust” and literally means “to eat all the way through.” How does this change the way we view the verse? How does it impact how we apply it?

  6. Mike shared that because of Christ, we are completely accepted, totally secure, and deeply significant. Which one of these is the hardest for you to grasp? Why?

  7. Which “I am” verse resonates with you the most? How does that impact your everyday life?


APPLICATION

What is one thing you discussed today that you want to implement this week within your relationships?

Are you in any relationships that you’re allowing to steal your identity? If so, how has the expectations or attitude of others negatively affected your thoughts about yourself? How can you intentionally step into who God says you are?

PRAYER

Break into groups of 2-3 and pray that God would guide you to seek his unconditional love and to step into your true identity this week.