I did this as a personal activity last month, and have been exploring ways we can explore it together as a family, as it’s a great activity to explore identity. I’ve shared it with a group of children’s workers, as I really felt that the more we know and are confident about who we are, the better we are able to give to others. I’ve also had people ask me about resources to help children know who they are for a number of years, and more recently, I’ve been encouraged to create something which can be used by the growing number of Christian families who are fostering and adopting.
So here is a list of Bible verses which mention part of who we are in Christ – who God has made us. Whenever I read this list, there are always some things which really don’t feel true. To me, this means that I need to focus in on this part of my identity and really work on believing and being the very thing which feels most inaccessible.
I’ve made a few resources which you can find here which use some of the I Am statements based on these verses. In them I’ve used mainly the NIV phrasing (see here, here and here) but I would recommend comparing different Bible versions, as some may resonate better with you and also make more sense to the younger people in your family. Also, those people who are very familiar with the Bible may find it helpful to use a version they’re not familiar with so as to let the words impact them in a fresh way. Only you know what will work best for you and your family to try a few out. One of the easiest ways to do this is to cut and paste the list below into the search window at www.Biblegateway.com and use the search feature to look at the list in different versions of the Bible. Some of my favourites are CEV (really good for reading out loud especially with younger listeners), The Message, the Passion Translation, and the Amplified Version. To give you an ideas of the verses are translated differently, see below.
Here’s some activities you might like to try to explore these verses as a family:
- Look the verses up in your Bible and reading the section they are part of – read the surrounding paragraph or series of verses.
- Chat about which ones are your favourites and why.
- Choose one verse and create a picture of it or write out verse and display it.
- Look up your favourite one in different Bible versions and comparing them.
- Find or make up your own song of your favourite one (google the verse and the word song).
- Say the I am sentences as part of a prayer time. “Thank you, God, that I am … “.
- Work together to learn one of the verses off by heart.
- This list is just some of the things the Bible says about people who follow God. What others can you think of? Think about what other things the Bible says you are. There may be some verses which are special for your family, perhaps ones which were used at your baptism or wedding or another special event or ones linked with the meaning of your name.
Who are you? What does the Bible say?
- I am crowned with glory and honour. Psalm 8:5
- I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
- I am the salt of the earth. Matthew 5:13
- I am the light of the world. Matthew 5:14
- I am worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31
- I am a child of God. John 1:12
- I am a branch of the true vine. John 15:5
- I am free. John 8:36; Galatians 5:1
- I am a friend of God. John 15:15
- I am a witness. Acts 1:8
- I am justified. Romans 3:24
- I am redeemed. Romans 3:24
- I am loved. Romans 5:8
- I am no longer a slave to sin. Romans 6:6
- I am a slave to righteousness. Romans 6:18
- I am not condemned. Romans 8:1
- I am free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
- I am co-heir with Christ. Romans 8:17
- I am more than a conqueror. Romans 8:37
- I am inseparable from God’s love. Romans 8:38-39
- I am accepted. Romans 15:7
- I am one with God. 1 Corinthians 6:17
- I am a temple of the Holy Spirit / I am a place where Gods Spirit lives. 1 Corinthians 6:19
- I am part of the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:27
- I am victorious. 1 Corinthians 15:57
- I am part of Christ’s triumphal procession. 2 Corinthians 2:14
- I am the pleasing aroma of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:15
- I am being transformed. 2 Corinthians 3:18
- I am a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- I am an ambassador. 2 Corinthians 5:20
- I am free. Galatians 5:1
- I am blessed with every spiritual blessing. Ephesians 1:3
- I am chosen. Ephesians 1:4
- I am forgiven. Ephesians 1:7
- I am included. Ephesians 1:13
- I am marked with a seal. Ephesians 1:13
- I am alive with Christ. Ephesians 2:4-5
- I am raised up with God. Ephesians 2:6
- I am saved. Ephesians 2:8-9
- I am God’s workmanship / I am God’s Incredible work of art / God’s handiwork.
- I am near to God. Ephesians 2:13
- I am a member of Christ’s body. Ephesians 3:6
- I am a sharer of Christ’s promise. Ephesians 3:6
- I am created in God’s likeness. Ephesians 4:24
- I am a child of light. Ephesians 5:8
- I am a citizen of heaven. Philippians 3:20
- I am strengthened by God. Philippians 4:13
- I am perfectly supplied. Philippians 4:19
- I am delivered from darkness. Colossians 1:13
- I am hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
- I am dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
- I am able to approach God’s throne with confidence. Hebrews 4:16
- I am not fearful 2 Timothy 1:7
- I am called. 2 Peter 1:3
- I am a recipient of God’s promises. 2 Peter 1:4
- I am a partaker in the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4
- I am born of God. 1 John 5:18
Here is the list of Bible references on their own:
Discover or remind yourself who the Bible says you are. Look up each of these verses and write a sentence from it starting: I am…
Psalm 1:3; Psalm 8:5; Psalm 139:14; Matthew 5:13; Matthew 5:14; Matthew 10:31; John 1:12; John 15:5; John 8:36; Galatians 5:1; John 15:15; Acts 1:8; Romans 3:24; Romans 3:24; Romans 5:8; Romans 6:6; Romans 6:18; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:17; Romans 8:37; Romans 8:38-39; Romans 15:7; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Corinthians 12:27; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Galatians 5:1; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 1:4; Ephesians 1:7-8; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 3:6; Ephesians 3:6; Ephesians 4:24; Ephesians 5:8; Philippians 3:20; Philippians 4:13; Philippians 4:19; Colossians 1:13; Colossians 3:3; Colossians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:3; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:18
Here is an example of how the verses can sound different in different translations:
- Psalm 1:3 NIV = I am like a tree planted by streams.
- The Passion Translation (TPT) =
- Psalm 8:5 NIV= I am crowned with glory and honour. (TPT) = crowned like kings and queens[b] with glory and magnificence.
- Psalm 139:14 NIV = I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The Passion Translation = mysteriously complex.
- Matthew 5:13 NIV = I am the salt of the earth. TPT = like salt among the people.
- Matthew 5:14 NIV = I am the light of the world. TPT = light up the world.
- Matthew 10:31 NIV = I am worth more than many sparrows. TPT = I am deeply cared for