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Session 3

Lesson 4: Restoring My Identity


• “Men are looking for methods. God is looking for men.”
-- E.M.Bounds

Key Terms

• Prayer, worship, fellowship
• “Man of God” vs. “Minister for God”
• “What are you reading?”

Lecture Objectives

• Identify and describe sources of a Biblical understanding of calling and identity
• Describe the difference between personal identity and programs noting especially the importance of
this difference

To Think About Before You Go On

• What are some things that you have been doing to keep your sense of identity in Christ clear?
• How has your sense of identity impacted (strengthened or weakened) the ministry to which you have
been called?

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