Identity Lesson #3

 Lost identity


Intro: Can you share a story of a time when you were lost?



  1. Col 3:1-4, 1 Peter 2:9 One of the most important issues facing this generation in all parts of the world is the question of identity.
    1. Gen 3:1-6 When Adam and Eve chose to sin and rebel against God, they lost their true identity.
      1. Gen 3:9-13 Ever since the first sin entered the world, and man was separated from God, man has been searching for his lost identity.
      2. Isaiah 43:21 We were created to worship God, serve God, be in continual relationship with God, and have our identity found completely in God.
    2. Isaiah 59:2 Because we were created to be in communion with God, when we are separate from God there is something missing, we feel empty, incomplete, confused, and we loose our true identity.
  2. Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 This sense of lost identity without Christ drives people to search for their identity, trying to figure out who they are, and what their purpose is on earth.
    1. James 1:15 When we search to find our identity in the things of the world, sin, wrong relationships, perversion, we are left feeling even more empty and lost.
      1. Prov 16:25 We live in a generation that is hurt, lost and broken because their search in the things of the world for identity has disappointed them.
      2. Matt 11:28-30 When we surrender, repent, and turn to God we begin the process of discovering our true identity.
    2. Col 2:10, Joel 2:25 As we continue to surrender everything to God, we find fulfillment in life, we feel complete, and discover Gods purpose for our lives.




  1. What are some of the things youth and young adults look to in their search for identity?
  2. Why do you think people feel empty, incomplete, and confused when they are separate from God?
  3. Can someone give a personal example of how your search for identity in the things of the world left you disappointed?
  4. Is there anyone here tonight who feels there is an area of your life you need to surrender to God? If so what area is it?


End: Pray for any who are currently struggling with lost identity, pray for any who need to accept Christ, or rededicate their lives to Christ, then take requests.