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The NVP Church Study Guide: Chapter 2

Posted by admin on January 7, 2012

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Chapter 2: Who Are We?



Questions 2-1:

1. List the various groups to which you belong. What does each group value?

2. Are there any groups where you might not be comfortable admitting your membership in another group?

3. What other groups do you compare yourselves to?

4. How is your group different from those other groups? How is it similar?

The information in this chapter was pretty transformational for me. It helped me to see how much my identity is shaped by the groups I belong to, and the ways that is a good thing. Peer pressure helps to make us who we are, and it's not all bad.


Watch this week for the ways that the leaders of the groups you belong to help the members understand who they are.

Questions 2.2:

1. Who are the role models for your groups?

2. How do they inspire you in good ways? How do they pressure you in
bad ways?

3. What roles do you play?

4. How and when do they conflict with each other?

Role models are often just ordinary people. The model for me may be different from the model for you, although groups often describe the characteristics of a good member even if he or she doesn't have a name. Our roles can be hidden somewhat, too. I never knew how important my dad was to my role in the family until he was gone and I felt lost.


Watch this week for the roles that you play in the different circles of your life. Which do you play because that's where you fit best? Which do you play because it's what others expect? Do those two things pull you in the same direction, or in different ones?

Questions 2.3:

1. Which of your roles switch and sometimes clash?

2. What behaviors do you change to adapt to the groups you belong to?

3. Which of those changes are helpful? Which of those changes might
not be?

4. Where do you see the Bible creating the identity of God’s people by
giving characteristics, creating models, or pointing to outgroups?

We are used to thinking of our identity as something that exists at the core of our selves and that we need to discover, uncover, and express. But we understand who we are primarily in contact with others as we learn the goals of our communities, our roles within them, and find ways of expression that communicate distance or belonging.


Watch this week the ways that you change to fit into the groups you belong to. Can you think of those changes as a change in language, as you speak with your vocabulary and behavior into each community in ways that communicate best there?