Good book to read if you are working with youth. I started reading this book to help me relate better to a youth group I was/am working with and found quite by surprise many things I could apply to my life as well! Would recommend this book to all age groups!
Sounds like a dishonoring question at first, but you will find out that it's a very real question we must ask ourselves especially as professed Christians.
This book is extraordinarily written with real life stories that start each chapter or are incorporated in that are particularly relatable (similar to the way "Death by Love" was written). There is a nice portion of historical information blended in to help us better able to understand what we read, see, learn, and process and apply as we read through the Bible or simply live in this life as a Christian_..I once heard "a generation that ignores history has no past and no future". Pastor Mark makes that connection in mostly all of his teachings and without making that connection understandings can become imprecise.
This book is written with emotion, true in heart. This book has clarification! Who we are in Christ is everything. What we believe about our identity hinges on our actions.
This book took me a while to get through simply because there is SO much joy, sorrow, victory, intensity, history and LOVE involved. I'm glad I did take my time, I finished the book the Monday, April 15, 2013, the day Boston was bombed. My afternoon that Monday began with picking up where I had left off which started at the chapter of Mike and Alanna's story before the news flashed about the Boston Marathon, it was a double whammy of emotion, but the very end of the book was thrilling and exciting and gave me the eager desire to live and share Christ with even MORE urgency.
I HIGHLY encourage you readers to answer the questions as you go along and to read Ephesians_.it makes a huge difference when you stop and pause and really ponder who you think you are or even who you thought you were, even as a Christian_..we all still have this question in our minds from time to time, BUT, Mark is so EXCITED about Jesus, that he never leaves you without a biblical truth that gets you connected with the reality that you are in Christ, you are a Saint, you are Blessed, you are Appreciated, You are SAVED, you are Reconciled, you are Afflicted, you are Heard, you are Gifted, you are NEW!, you are forgiven, you are Adopted, you are LOVED, you are REWARDED and you are VICTORIOUS - amen!
Why do I always have mixed thoughts and feelings about Mark Driscoll? Perhaps because he enjoys being a lightning rod pastor. He is not afraid to confront the world or the traditions of the church. Driscoll can be very cutting edge--cutting to most mainstream Christians and edgy to young believers seeking to make a difference in their world.
When Driscoll writes topically, thematically (e.g., Real Marriage: the truth about sex, friendship and life together), I just pass on by. He has a tendency to speak to the grunge crowd of Seattle more than the rest of the world. This may be fine for that context, but it just won't play in Peoria. However, I find that when he goes to the Bible and sticks with the text, he does fairly well. He's orthodox in his beliefs (if not so much in practice). His exposition works well--he illumines the text and its meaning.
I think he's done this with one of his latest books, Who Do You Think You Are? Entering the book of Ephesians is a wonderful place to go if you want to learn who you've become, who you are and who you'll be forever. Driscoll does a more than adequate job of taking the text and relating it to our world today. Americans (and American Christians are no different, sadly), pay far too much attention to what their self-esteem is. As believers, we should be far more concerned with our Christ-esteem: do we esteem Him at all? If so, how much? How is that seen in our lives, our deeds, our words? Driscoll forces us to use Scripture to think on these things.
The writing in this book makes me wonder if Driscoll didn't have assistance in simply taking a sermon series and putting it to book form. There seem to be some repetitive portions, which as a pastor/preacher I know are helpful in an extended preaching series. However, the book is, overall, very readable.
I commend this book to you_if you can set your preconceived thoughts of the author aside long enough to read it.
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It's hard to say if I am a fan of Mark Driscoll or not. I have benefited greatly by some of his sermons and sometimes I think he misses the point of the passage. But regardless of your view of him, I will say that I enjoyed this book more than I did his book on marriage.
Driscoll gives an expository and accurate look at the letter to the Ephesians in this book. At times there seems to be a bit of duplication in the explanation of topics but he does follow the text. But what really stands out in this book is Driscoll's love for the gospel. You don't have to read very far into each chapter without reading of Christ's life, death, and resurrection being brought up and you can tell that its mentioning is done from a love for what Christ has done for him.
You sense a pastoral tone to each chapter as if he is counseling you one on one. Very unusual but very intriguing.
Most importantly, this book focuses on who we are in Christ and how our sin debt does not disqualify us from a relationship with our Heavenly Father.
This is a good book for new and seasoned Christians alike and one I will probably recommend to those who struggle with their identity in Christ.
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"Who Do You Think You Are" by Mark Driscoll, is a book all about identity. Specifically, the book is all about finding our personal identity in Jesus Christ. Pastor Mark addresses this question of, "Who am I?" by assuring the reader that they are truly what God's Word claims them to be. He stresses, straight from the Bible, that we are blessed saved saints, who are heard, gifted, forgiven and adopted into the family of God by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross.
I was first introduced to Pastor Mark and his teaching while a youth group student attending an Acts 29 event at my local church. Pastor Mark has always had a way of making God's Word understandable to everyone, no matter their theological background and knowledge. In "Who Do You Think You Are" Pastor Mark weaves beautiful theology with common sense and language that can be understood by anyone. The book itself is a challenging read, not because the message is incomprehensible, but because the message is one that is timely, trying, and flies in the face of a culture that is hell-bend on selling us the opposite message of the Gospel.
For me personally, this book was an inspiration and a good reminder of who I truly am, in Christ Jesus. We too often forget that we are forgiven and free, and instead turn to a legalistic form of Christianity with check-lists and moralism, and turn far from the Grace of God that we extended to us because of Jesus' work on the cross.
I would recommend this book to anyone, because it is truly worth the read and the time it will take to wrestle with the content.