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1 Welcome & Introduction Key Question: Who am I? Key Idea: I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God. Key Verse: John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Old Testament Story Jot down a few details or questions that popped out at you from the story, or any emotions you are feeling having just heard the story: New Testament Story Jot down a few details or questions that popped out at you from the story, or any emotions you are feeling having just heard the story: 1

2 The following story is found in the Old Testament, in the book of Genesis, and can also be found in the Believe: Student Edition Bible. Old Testament Story Script When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers. Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 1 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety? And Abraham said to God, If only Ishmael might live under your blessing! Then God said, Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 2 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 3 1 Genesis 17:1 7 2 Genesis 17: Genesis 21:1 5 2

3 Be l i e v e St u d e n t H an d out Practice & Imagine 3

4 Your true identity So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31) But now, this is what the Lord says he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband s will, but born of God. (John 1:12 13) I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1 2) 4

5 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:14 15) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38 39) Don t you know that you yourselves are God s temple and that God s Spirit dwells in your midst? (1 Corinthians 3:16) So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith (Galatians 3:26) For we are God s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9) THIS WEEK: Explore more stories from Chapter 5: IDENTITY IN CHRIST in the Believe: Student Edition Bible that demonstrate how God changes the lives and identities of others throughout the Bible. Remember that memorizing is not about repeating but about recalling. If you recall certain words from the Key Verse, you can find the other words that fit them together. On the back of your handout write down the Key Verse, then go back over and retrace the important words of the verse. Highlight them with your pen. Repeat this activity several times this week, to see if you can recall the entire verse from memory. 5

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