It's Me: How Do I Embrace Who I Was Made To Be?: Participant's Guide

It's Me: How Do I Embrace Who I Was Made To Be?: Participant's Guide

by Nicole Johnson

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Overview

No matter where you are in life, you may struggle with issues of identity and self-worth. Are you one person with friends, another with parents, still a different person around teachers? What about all by yourself when you turn out the light at night? What does it mean to be authentic? To be wholly, genuinely, you? 

The It's Me study will help you grapple with these questions and think about yourself, your motives, your deepest passions. 

Featuring "live" dramas from the RevolveTM tour in combination with Bible study, the "Reel to Real Interactive Drama-Based Study Series" addresses the questions and issues—both serious and frivolous—that hit at the heart of teens.

Designed for individual or group study, the It's Me participant's guide unpacks what’s been exposed through the dramas and dig deeper into how to live differently in this changing world.

Participant's Guide features:

  • Questions, Bible study, and activities for study on your own or with a group
  • Real-life stories from teens
  • Tips for youth group leaders
  • Activies to be artsy and interactive with the topic
  • Resources & itunes list (websites, books, online videos, and music related to the topic)

For use with It's Me DVD-Based Study (ISBN 9781418546274).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781418549718
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/02/2011
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 681 KB

About the Author

Nicole Johnson, author of Fresh Brewed Life, has a uniquely creative voice. As an accomplished writer, speaker, and actor, Nicole has performed in thousands of churches and venues over the last twenty-five years, including more than a decade of touring with the national conference Women of Faith. Nicole lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and two children. Nicole writes regularly at www.nicolejohnson.org

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It's Me: How Do I Embrace Who I Was Made to Be?

Participant's Guide A Reel to Real Study
By Nicole Johnson Mary E. deMuth

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Nicole Johnson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4185-4971-8


Introduction

No matter where you are in life, you may struggle with issues of identity. You may ask: Who am I in relation to this big, wide world? What is my role to play? My contribution to make? Deeper still: How do I live life as a loved person? Am I really loved? How do I know?

In the context of your relationships, how do you react? Are you one person with friends, another with parents, still a different person around teachers? What about all by yourself when you turn out the light at night? What does it mean to be authentic? To be wholly, genuinely, you?

This study will help you grapple with these questions. It may even raise different questions. But most of all, it will help you think—about yourself, your motives, your deepest passions. It could bother you. Sometimes you may see parts of yourself you'd rather hide. But take courage; healing takes place when we live authentically, daring to tell the truth about ourselves.

In Psalm 51:6 (msg), King David wrote, "What you're after is truth from the inside out."

When Jesus walked the earth, He embodied this kind of truth in the way He lived. The Bible says He was Truth personified. He lived it from the inside out. He made religious people angry. He welcomed weeping, broken women. He stooped to scoop up a child in His arms. He rescued those who felt overlooked, outcast.

Because Jesus was genuinely Himself, He gave us all the power to be completely ourselves. No masks. No lies. No saying one thing and doing another. No running around trying to please everyone on the exhausting treadmill of people-pleasing.

Ultimately, who we are depends on who God is in us. Which is why we're thankful for verses like Romans 8:38–39 (NLT): "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

No matter who you are today on the inside—full of heartaches, joys, fears, complexities, perplexities, worries, triumphs, and conundrums—you are wildly and passionately loved by the One who made you. Sometimes the most complicated problems are solved with simple reassurances like:

Jesus loves me; this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong.

You may feel weak today. You may struggle with who you are, who you want to be, and the chasm that seems to exist between those two. But your weakness in this moment is a stage for Jesus to demonstrate His grace and strength. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 (MSG), Paul wrote, "And then he told me, My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness."

Is it possible for you to begin to appreciate who you are? You're uniquely you, a forever stamp of your personality on this earth.

And has anyone ever told you why you are? You are here because you are loved. "Don't be afraid ... for you are deeply loved by God. Be at peace; take heart and be strong!" (Daniel 10:19, NLT).

That kind of peace comes from a deeper understanding of who you are and why your ME is so valuable. Our hope is that you will find that kind of peace through the questions and activities in this study. That by the end you'll embrace your unique heart. That the ME who emerges on the other side will be strong, alive, and present.

As Jim Elliot, the mid-century martyr, wrote, "Wherever you are—be all there."

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

What Is a Reel to Real Study?....................5
Introduction....................7
Inside Out....................9
GROUP STUDY....................9
Create: On your own study #1....................16
Deep: On your own study #2....................17
Wide: On your own study #3....................21
Dare: On your own study #4....................24
Resources & iTunes List....................26
Kick Some Grass....................27
GROUP STUDY....................27
Create: On your own study #1....................34
Deep: On your own study #2....................36
Wide: On your own study #3....................39
Dare: On your own study #4....................41
Resources & iTunes List....................44
Masks....................45
GROUP STUDY....................45
Create: On your own study #1....................51
Deep: On your own study #2....................53
Wide: On your own study #3....................56
Dare: On your own study #4....................58
Resources & iTunes List....................60
Girl of the Tombs....................61
GROUP STUDY....................61
Create: On your own study #1....................66
Deep: On your own study #2....................69
Wide: On your own study #3....................71
Dare: On your own study #4....................73
Resources & iTunes List....................76

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