EXPLORING CHRISTIANITY - IDENTITY

THE BIBLE
Can we trust a book written 2000 years ago?

EYEWITNESS
Did the writers of the New Testament get their picture of Jesus right?

GOD - MAN
Is Jesus really God?

RESURRECTION
Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

RELIGIONS
With so many religions, why Christianity?

SUFFERING
If there is a God, why is there so much suffering?

TRINITY
Understanding the Trinity.

SCIENCE
The complementary nature of Science & Christianity.

FORGIVENESS
What it is and why it matters?

GUIDANCE
How does God guide?

REPENTANCE
What it is and why you can't get to heaven without it.

BORN AGAIN
What does it mean to be converted and born again?

SAVING FAITH
The kind of faith that will get you to heaven

ASSURANCE
Can I know for sure that I am going to heaven?

TRUTH
What is truth and does it matter?

MORALITY
Does it matter how we live? A Christian view of morality.

THE CHURCH
God's vision for his family, the Church. A call to the churches of the new millennium.

PURPOSE
How can I find a great purpose for living?

IDENTITY
Who am I; Finding my true identity as a human being and as a child of God.

SELF-ESTEEM
How can I feel good about my self? The Christian basis for proper sel-esteem.

LIFE AFTER DEATHChristianity's Hope & Challenge.

THE CROSS
Why did Jesus Die? What the Bible says about the Cross.

Grace
The importance of grace in the New Testament.

 

Foreword

"Who am I?" is an arresting title. It is one of the most relevant questions humanity asks. Dick Tripp does well in addressing this fundamental of all issues. I am delighted that a New Zealander with the reading depth of Dick has tackled this topic because it concerns me that we don't do enough work on identifying just who we are. Indeed, all societies are consumed with this question of self-realisation. There is an increasing belief that one finds one's identity in terms of culture alone. It is therefore refreshing to see Dick tackling this assertion and putting the emphasis back on what the Scripture says. I believe Dick hits the nail on the head when he says that the heart of the problem of humanity is "we are morally flawed". He is right also in maintaining that this is not a popular assertion. The wonderful quote by Hengel provides the balance between guilt and sin and between freedom and responsibility. Dick reminds us that the way back to God provides us with a new identity as "his children". I like the way Dick doesn't fudge the issue of homosexuality and the importance of making the right choices. Dick has a great sense of humour in his treatment on this subject. The Anna Russell song exemplifies this. One of the things I love about Dick's writing is his uncanny ability to find a quote for all occasions and seasons. As a preacher I find these invaluable and will continue to use his quotes and illustrations in sermons and other talks for years to come. This booklet is a much needed one for it asserts that we are created by a loving God who has a plan for us and that our true identity can be found in him. We no longer need to be wandering around in the wilderness not knowing to whom we belong. This is great news. Thanks Dick for your clarity and your passion.

Mike Hawke
The Rev. Mike Hawke, BA, LTh
Vicar of St. Christopher's Anglican Church,
Avonhead, Christchurch

 

 

 

Foreward

The problem explored

Our identity as human beings

Humans—created in God's likeness

Flawed humanity

The heart of the problem

The all-pervasiveness and persistence of sin

Our in-built tendency to make excuses

The consequences of sin

Our identity as children of God

The way back to God

A new identity as God's children

Our identity in Christ

A choice to be made

 



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