3 God in control Celebration Why did Jesus die on the cross? What did it do for me ?How should I talk about it to others?
4 God in control Time Magazine: “The Me, Me, Me Generation” Society has become self-absorbed, needy, self- focussedExperience a disconnect between Jesus’ work and daily life.SELF is where we connect with the Gospel & discipleship.
5 1. Who Am I? Mortimer & Rakesh go to Google Oprah Website – “Who am I meant to be?”Psychology Today – “What you’d like to experience”Not realize how fragile their “Selves” are.
6 1. Who Am I? . . . Contradiction: Builds identity on shifting sand Deep inside you is the “Real” youCan create the self you want to be – the “Ideal” you.Builds identity on shifting sandAm I the “Real” me or the “Ideal” me ?“Jesus died for you” - no place to connect with this dilemma.
7 1. Who Am I? . . . Previous generations – Morality / Virtue a key part of human identity“Jesus died for your sins” has clear connectionNow no innate sense of sinA sense of Failure / Lack but in a very different way.
8 2. The New Struggle(1) Gap between the “Real” self and the “Ideal” self.People are dissatisfied with who they areThe disconnect leads to SHAMEFear people will find out(2) Used to define ourselves in relation to “other”Now define ourselves by looking WITHIN.There is no location, no root, no anchor to who they are.They are alone.
9 2. The New Struggle . . . Assumption about the purpose of life: “Fulfilling your potential”“Facilitating emergence of what you’d like to experience”Also no outside referent. I’m here to self-actualize.
10 2. The New Struggle . . . Three parts to the struggle: Gap between “Real” and “Ideal” self SHAMEIdentity without foundation LONELINESS / DISCONNECTPurpose of Life = Fulfill desires MEANINGLESSNESSRESULT – isolation, disorientation, fear
11 3. Story of the Cross Good News – God loves you. Speaks into our fears He knows about the disconnect and loves you anyway.Helpful – but we are still isolated, lonely, scared.
12 3. Story of the Cross . . . The rest of the Dilemma: Identity has to be rooted in a reality outside ourselvesPurpose is redefined: “deny self, take up cross, follow me”Integrates “Real” and redefined “Ideal” self into “WHOLE” selfIntegration of self – is a process not an event.Jesus’ healing, story, and the power of the Spirit restores.Happens through Scripture, prayer, service , worship, fellowship.
13 Holy LoveWe only have something to say when Jesus has become the foundation of our Identity & RealityWe get out of the vortex by living in the process of restoration (transformation)Jesus work on the cross is not a “pill” we take – it invites us into relationship.