What do we mean by identity and why it matters

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What is identity?

Our identity is who we are and what is most important about us. Our identity is how we define ourselves at our core and what makes an individual who they are. It’s not merely a reputation or our image—what we or others think about us—but it’s what we understand as basic and defining about us. Image comes out of identity, but identity is more fundamental.

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What does it mean to be an image-bearer

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The other day my wife asked what I thought it meant when it says we are the image of God. This questions overlaps with my church’s upcoming study of identity because I think every human person’s identity question (Who am I?) is fundamentally answered by what it means to be created in God’s image. We will have to factor in how sin scars, mars, and wrecks the image of God in us without eliminating it, and then how in Christ we’re remade into God’s great design for us as his image-bearers, but we can start with some simple thoughts on what it means to be an image-bearer.

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