We Christians have a condition, Driscoll writes. “We're continually forgetting who we are in Christ and filling that void by placing our identity in pretty much anything else.” (3)
Knowing our identity is important. It is underlying our struggles. We don't understand who we truly are in Christ.
Driscoll hopes that this book, by the grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, will help us know our identity so we can live as we should.
After a great introduction, Driscoll takes us through the book of Ephesians. He covers the book paragraph by paragraph. He introduces the topic with a story of someone living out the truth. Then he goes through the passage explaining it, adding other relevant Bible passages. The topics: Saints. Blessed. Appreciated. Saved. Reconciled. Afflicted. Heard. Gifted. New. Forgiven. Adopted. Loved. Rewarded. Victorious.
His exposition on each section of Ephesians is well thought out and very encouraging. For example, he writes about the reality of suffering. Rather than a simple look at it, he addresses fourteen kinds of affliction found in Scripture. He reminds us that Paul opened Ephesians indicating he was a prisoner yet ends chapter one telling the Ephesians to not lose heart. Driscoll also gives the results of suffering: growth, credibility.
Driscoll has an excellent section on spiritual gifts with a good way of identifying one's own gift. He has a very good teaching on spiritual warfare.
Driscoll has done an excellent job in reminding us who we are in Christ. And we do need to be reminded from time to time as we frequently forget. I do wish discussion questions would have been included in this book. It would make a good book for a small group or Sunday School class, but with no discussion questions, its use is limited.
You can find out more about the book, with sample discussion questions and videos of corresponding curriculum, at http://pastormark.tv/books/who-do-you-think-you-are. You can access sermons on Ephesians and other information at marshill.com and pastormark.tv.
Mark Driscoll is pastor at Mars Hill Church, Seattle, Washington. He is widely recognized as influential and innovative in his ministry. He is the author of more than twelve books. He and his wife have five children.
Thomas Nelson, 256 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.