Season 2, Episode 013: When Jesus Names You
Who does Jesus say I am?
When I first met Rick, he talked a lot about this question. He said it was the second most important question in life. That question scared me, because I’ve been raised in a world of broken mirrors. Those mirrors have decided to point out all the things that are “wrong” with me, and deep down inside I thought that’s what Jesus was going to do, too. When I finally let Jesus in, he set me free.
His names were: chosen, daughter, rain that fertilizes and makes things grow, protected, wise, and a destroyer of darkness.
Jesus also told me my life was a beautiful mess, a perfect artwork, and that even in the ashes of my darkness he was making a fertile and wild garden. This week, join us as we talk about the way Jesus makes art with people’s lives. We’ll share our own practical insights into how we’ve created space in our lives for Jesus to name us.
We’ll also be inviting listeners to join a special group. There’s no charge to be part of it, but if you’re a regular listener here we want to broaden our relationship with you. We’ll randomly choose people to give stuff to, reach out to get your input and advice, and pray for you. Enter your information below to join.
This week, we’re releasing a new Jesus-Centered Devotional Coloring Book called Namesake. Each page is a reflection of who Jesus says you are, paired with a coloring page. This resource is incredible to use with teenagers.
End of the semester usually means stressed-out, overwhelmed teenagers in your youth group. Experts say coloring can relieve anxiety and stress, so change things up with a coloring party. Get copies of Namesake and put them on tables with colored pencils. The book comes with a free download of reflective worship music. Have students read the reflection and then spend time praying about what it means for them.
Related Links and Articles:
- The Jesus-Centered Bible
- A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman
- Jesus-Centered Life by Rick Lawrence
- The surprising thing that happened when I quit applying the Bible to my life
- Two simple steps for changing the way you read the Bible
- Pierced New Testament for Teens