July 2017 Identity and behaviour

Am I fixed or do I change?

The 8 images at the top of this page (move between images using the small buttons below them), illustrate messages about identity that are part of our daily lives. Much of the debate about Brexit focused on what it means to be British or European and which of these we want to be. The same kind of question has been at the heart of debates about national independence within the UK. There is a lot of debate in the media about gender identities. But as the images illustrate, we are bombarded with messages about identity. Advertising of brands wants us to see the product as a natural expression of who we are. This is a taken-for-granted principle in modern marketing. We spend our lives being bombarded with messages about identity and behaviour.

Keeping Christian faith live and relevant means we need to be able to express it in ways that connect with the world in which we live. Jesus had a lot to say about identity: ‘You must become like a child’ -‘You are my friends’ – ‘I am the vine and you are the branches’. Each of these statements connects identity and behaviour: being like a child implies behaving in some way like a child, being a friend means behaving like a friend.

Our ‘4th Sunday’ service on July 23rd will focus on our identity and behaviour: who we are and what we do.

If you find that kind of thing useful you could see whether you agree or disagree with each of the 20 statements about who we are and what we do if you click on the link below (you will probably need a laptop or desktop to open this – it takes a little time and you will need to .

who I am and what I do statements

And here are some bible passages that look at identity and behaviour in different ways.

bible on identity

Click on the next lonk if you are interested in why I chose these readins (also on the news page as a blog)

Why I chose these readings