Jesus’ Own Identity

How has your family influenced who you are today, for good or for bad? We continue our Jesus & Identity series
by looking at Jesus’ own identity and family background. Lean in as Paul Kiss unpacks Matthew 1:1-16 as we learn
that Jesus knew who he was, he knows who we are, and he invites us to become his brothers and sisters.

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Jesus’ Own Identity

Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: February 17, 2019

Family gets expanded when we choose to follow Jesus. Text: Matthew 1:1-16

1. Why are we talking about this?


1. Jesus’ Family Tree
Text: Matthew 1:1-16; Luke 3:23-38

2. Jesus’ Self-Awareness

Text: Luke 2:41-52 — Jesus as a boy
Text: Luke 4:1-30 — Jesus as a man
Text: John — “I am…” statements: John 4:26; 6:35; 8:12; 8:58; 10:7; 10:11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1

3. Jesus redefines his family

Text: Mark 3:31-35

4. Celebrate your family

—● Your birth family.
—● Your spiritual family.

1. Talk about your own family background? How has your family influenced who you are today, for good or for bad?
2. How do you respond to the idea that Jesus’ ancestry is filled not only with “good” people, but also with people who had shady, questionable backgrounds?
3. What are your thoughts knowing that God uses this variety of people to bring about his will, his salvation for humanity? What does this tell us about God and us?
4. Read some of the things Jesus said about himself, (see #2 in the sermon notes). What do you think these tell us about his self-awareness?
5. Read Hebrews 2:5-18. What do these verses tell us about Jesus’, and our, identity?
6. Jesus redefines the concept of family and seems to place equal value on our spiritual family, Mark 3:31-35. Do you agree that this is what he’s doing in these verses? How does this affect the way you think about your church family or your birth family?
7. What are some ways you can celebrate your birth family? What are some ways you can celebrate your spiritual family? When will you do this?

1. Read NT Wright on “Jesus’ Self-Awareness.” (It is more academic than just casual reading): Read Here.
2. Watch this video about Jesus as, “The Son of Man.”


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