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In Who am I? Jerry Bridges unpacks Scripture to give Christians eight clear, interlocking, illuminating answers: I Am a Creature / I Am in Christ / I Am Justified / I Am an Adopted Son of God / I Am a New Creation / I Am a Saint / I Am a Servant of Jesus Christ / I Am Not Yet Perfect...

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Number of Pages : 95 Pages
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  • Mathew
    2019-03-05 21:24

    I received a paperback of Who Am I? while attending Together for the Gospel and have been sitting on it since. I’m going to start with my only complaint. The mannequin on the cover freaks me out. It reminds of one of those faceless robots from that cheesy Will Smith movie iRobot. Otherwise, I have no substantial critiques.He starts by discussing our common identity with humanity in creation. Foundationally we are creatures but then he zeros in on the Christian's unique identity in Christ as justified, adopted sons of God, new creations, saints, servants of Christ, and not yet perfect.He also handles deftly the differences between initial sanctification and justification versus progressive sanctification and our effort.Each of these topics could take over the party but they are clearly and accurately explained. His writing is approachable yet profound (the topics demand it).Who Am I? should be a book that pastors look at giving all new Christians they minister to. The topics addressed are so foundational to Christian living and our understanding of salvation. The format lends itself to discussion and discipleship. Each chapter handles one of these topics carefully and accurately. They each build on each other and the entire book exudes a sense of hope and longing for the finality of our salvation.

  • Aaron
    2019-03-17 23:39

    My full review can be read at Blogging Theologically:“Who am I?” It’s a question that every single one of us has likely asked at one time or another. And with good reason; understanding who we are—defining our identity—completely transforms how we act, think and speak. It is no wonder then, that we so many appeals within Scripture to our identity as being “in Christ.” We are to remember that we are new creations in Christ, made free in Christ, made alive in Christ, made wise in Christ… the list is (seemingly) endless.Yet, many of us struggle to grasp the impact of what it means to be in Christ and, as a result, burden ourselves under condemnation and guilt, failing to live in the freedom that Christ offers. That’s the heart of Who Am I?: Identity in Christ by Jerry Bridges. Over its eight chapters, Bridges offers a concise look at the meaning and implications of being “in Christ.”...

  • Josh
    2019-03-18 02:24

    Typical solid Bridges. I wouldn't recommend this book if you're looking for a thorough treatment of identity and union with Christ, but as a practical primer or a tool for discipling a recent convert this volume is excellent.Bridges does divide our living and representation union with Christ, positing the benefits of identity in our representational union, whereas I wish he would have brought the two together.

  • Marci A. Ferrell
    2019-03-05 23:21

    I love anything by Jerry Bridges and this little but powerfully packed book reminds us who we are if we are in Christ and he guides us to clearly see who then we are to be. "We must remind ourselves that God loves us, not because we are lovable, but because we are in Christ, and the love which the Father has for his Son flows over to us because we are in him.""Though we have been delivered from absolute bondage to sin, we have not been freed from its presence or influence. And as long as sin is present within us, it will seek to regain its dominion over us. While sin can never fully succeed at this, it can make life far more difficult, far more painful, and far less fruitful.""The fact that we have died to the dominion of sin is not a truth to be put on a shelf and admired. It is a truth we must put to use every day."

  • Glenn Crouch
    2019-02-24 01:17

    This is a fine, short book looking at our identity as a Christian - looking at what it means to be a Christian.Admittedly I found the first few chapters a little slow going, and I didn't seem to be really connecting with the Author - but that soon changed - and I especially appreciated the last chapter "I am not yet perfect". So I would say that this is a good book both for new and not-so-new Christians as we all need to be reminded of what it is to be "in Christ".

  • Christopher Sumpter
    2019-03-12 03:19

    After gaining so much by reading The Pursuit of Holiness by this author, I was looking forward to more good stuff from this book. Unfortunately, it struck me as one of many neo-Calvinist primers with which the market seems to be glutted. I found very little in the early chapters that differed from anything I've read 100 times. Things picked up a little in the chapter on our identity as saints, but the book closes with a stirring tribute to good ol' Calvinist pessimism. Yes, God calls you to holiness. Yes, God sees you as a saint. Yes, you are to strive for righteousness. But, as part of God's cosmic playfulness, you'll never be able to reach the goal to which he calls you. God is either a cruel trickster, or he is sovereign in everything except being able to wholly sanctify you in this lifetime. It just amazes me that those who claim sola Scriptura can so boldly proclaim the impossibility of sinless living without any biblical warrant. They choke on the word "saint" and are quick to assure us that this is merely imputed righteousness; but they confidently proclaim that we are "saved sinners," a title the Bible never uses.

  • Jeanie
    2019-03-17 03:39

    Our identity in Christ is one subject that we may never fully understand however, I think the effort is worth while. It frees us to life abundantly, love fearlessly, serve with purity, live in thankfulness and grace. The book starts with the right questions and with that each 8 chapters is a question/statement. He ends each chapter with a beautiful statement to remind and encourage us in our identity in Christ. My favorite was the last...In this life I am and always will be imperfect, a saved sinner, seeking to grow in holiness and relating to God on the basis of grace that is mine because I am in Christ. As always www.cruciformpress.com always puts a book that is gospel centered and Christ exalting. Even in our identity our Christ, we are reminded that we need to preach the gospel to ourselves. We are prone to a work based gospel. We are reminded of our responsibility and God's mercy and work in us thru Christ Jesus.

  • Mark A Powell
    2019-03-15 01:35

    Who am I? That question has challenged humanity since our race began. Bridges answers the question of our identity with eight answers, the first universally applying to all people and the remaining seven centered on those who are in Christ. Combining concrete teaching and conciseness is often a tricky venture, but Bridges skillfully accomplishes it with poise and candor. He pens a clear-cut, necessary reminder of exactly who (or perhaps better said as whose) we are.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-02 00:32

    This book does a terrific job of concisely explaining our identity as Christians and how that is inexorably centered on our relationship with God. It is firmly rooted in scripture and actually quotes the verses in the text instead of just referencing them, which I appreciated so much. There were a lot of great reminders in this book for me and I think this would be a great introduction for a new Christian.

  • Avery Martin
    2019-03-08 03:31

    I definitely rate this 5 stars for content. The 4 stars is for my own personal difficulty getting into the flow of his writing style. Great information to be had in this short read. The author breaks down a christian's identity into eight succinct points, of which the overlying theme is that we are...in Christ. For more about that, you'll need to sit down with a copy and read on...

  • Allie
    2019-03-04 05:30

    This is a great read for anyone, whether you've been a Christian for 2 days or 20 years. For those newer to the faith, it is a wonderful introduction to your new identity in Christ. If you have been a Christian for many years, it is a great reminder of who you are in Christ.

  • Emily Webb
    2019-03-12 02:22

    Such a good reminder of the basic truths of the Gospel and (as the cover says), our identity in Christ. An easy read, not too deep or theological, but full of poignant and pointed truths that speak right to (and encourage) the heart!

  • Tom
    2019-02-28 05:36

    This book might seem basic on the surface and perhaps dismissed by long time church goers, but I thought this little book was brilliant in it's simplicity. We live in an age where we attach value to complexity and arrogantly dismiss the simple things. However, when it comes to our identity in Christ, we should be careful not to complicate it. We may know the bible answers in our head, but allowing those truths to be lived out in our hearts is foundational to genuine faith and victoriously living for Christ. The truths in this book should be learned, memorized and impact every aspect of our lives. The truth is that our identity in Christ fuels our spiritual growth, strengthens our spiritual stability, and causes us to move on to spiritual maturity. If you are a new believers, then this book will help you plant deep roots in good soil. If you are aged in the faith and this seems like rehashed church stuff, this book is definitely for you as well. If you have wandered and at some point told God, "I got this", then you need to stop what your doing, repent and study this book with your bible open. Jerry Bridges has written a number of books that have been so valuable to me, but I think this one is important because we have to have a clearly understand who we are at the outset in order to get down the path of who God is calling us to become, namely Christ formed in us.

  • Katrina
    2019-03-23 02:22

    Jerry Bridges did it again! This book is clear, concise, and to the point. I really enjoyed the way it was put together and his emphasis on Christ and what he has done for his people. I also appreciated how he talked about our identity particularly as servants of Christ, that we are to serve him at all times in every capacity and calling that we've been given. It has really changed my outlook on how I treat my various jobs and duties throughout the week. Overall, it was an insightful read, Scripturally based and good for every Christian, not just those who are new to the faith.

  • Stephen Watkinson
    2019-03-24 23:43

    This is an excellent little book on our identity in Christ. It is clear biblical doctrine written to one of the key questions of our age. I listened to this one as an audio book.

  • Andrew Mulnix
    2019-03-09 03:41

    a good reminder of who we are

  • Leon Porter
    2019-03-17 23:25

    Very Good book easy read.

  • Joshua Ray
    2019-03-26 04:42

    "The vast majority of believers do not understand what it means to be 'in Christ' and to find their basic identity in him." p. 95"Who am I?" is one of the most important questions that we can ask ourselves, not just as believers but in general as humans. How we answer this question reveals how we view ourselves, the world, and our place in that world. While we ask this question (both explicitly and implicitly) all our lives, it's an especially relevant question for college students and other young people who are making decisions that have the potential to affect the rest of their lives based on their answer to this question.In this short book from Cruciform Press, Jerry Bridges gives an eight part answer to this question, answering from the perspective of what it means to our identity that we as Christians are "in Christ." You could think of this book as "Identity in Christ 101"-what are the practical effects of identifying with God? What does that say about me and my place in the world that God made me, loves me, and purchased me with his blood to be adopted into his family?Jerry distinguishes the eight facets of our identity in eight chapters:I am a CreatureI am in ChristI am JustifiedI am an Adopted Son of GodI am a New CreationI am a SaintI am a Servant of ChristI am Not Yet PerfectWhile the whole book is excellent, of special note is his treatment of what it means to be justified. I can't think of anyone who can more clearly explain both the realities and the practical ramifications of justification like Jerry Bridges can.There are two plays on the word justified that may help us see this more clearly. You can think of it as meaning "just as if I had never sinned"...you can also think of justified as meaning "just as if I had always obeyed." p. 36My one issue with the book is his discussion of "calling" in chapter seven. Bridges (admirably) tries to combat the notion that those called to full-time vocational ministry have some sort of "higher" or "better" calling than those believers who are not called to such positions. However, immediately after saying that those not in active vocational ministry are just as called to their positions in the marketplace, he says that calling to a non-ministry vocation "typically...is mostly a matter of wise judgement" (p. 81). He distinguishes this situational judgement from the method of a minister's calling, in which there "is often present to a more marked degree a subjective element involving the person's perception of God's will" (Ibid.). Perhaps he is simply observing rather than giving an imperative statement and perhaps it's more the current view of calling that many seem to hold that I'm really at odds with. Either way, this is a relatively small quibble overall.In summary, if you've never read any of Jerry Bridges' books before, this is an excellent distillation of and introduction to his writings. And if you've already read some or most of them, you'll recognize and appreciate his distinctive, simple, and deep communicative style.This is a book that is an invaluable resource whether you're reading these truths for the very first time or you need to be reminded in a fresh way what these truths really mean. Highly recommended.What do you think of Bridges' eight-part answer to the question "Who am I?" What would you add, what would you change/modify, and what would you take out?

  • Jon Stephens
    2019-03-25 02:37

    In preparation for a class I was teaching on our identity in Christ, I read three books on the subject. One of those books was Who Am I? by Jerry Bridges (reviews on the others coming shortly). Although this is a fairly short book (95 pages), it is rich with wisdom and great use & exposition of scripture.Bridges covers the following concerning our identity in Christ:I Am a CreatureI Am in ChristI Am JustifiedI Am an Adopted Son of GodI Am a New CreationI Am a SaintI Am a Servant of ChristI Am Not Yet PerfectThe chapters that especially stood out to me were:“I Am Justified” – Bridges does an outstanding job of explaining what it is to be “justified” by God. Great use of scripture and fleshed out in a way that is easy for anyone to understand. This chapter is perfect for someone trying to understand what it is to become a Christian.“I Am a New Creation” – I found this chapter to be incredibly encouraging and so full of hope. His use of Ezekiel 36:26-27 was outstanding and set the tone for the rest of the chapter. He also gives a list of uncomfortably honest questions for self examination on whether or not we are displaying evidence of being a new creation.“I Am a Saint” - I was curious as to how he would unpack this part of our identity and this turned out to be one of my favorite chapters. Bridges does a great job demystifying the word “saint” and makes it very understandable. This chapter was very heavy on the subject of holiness and sanctification.This really is a powerful little book that reads quick, but carries a lot of weight. Reading the book felt like you were sitting across a coffee table listening to a seasoned pastor share from the depths of his knowledge and experience. I would definitely recommend this book for studying the subject of our identity in Christ.www.jonathanstephens.wordpress.com@jonstephensNY

  • Calvinistg
    2019-02-24 01:24

    Short, concise book on Christian identity, including some of the benefits of being in Christ (justification, adoption, etc). Helpful overview.

  • Lorraine
    2019-03-26 01:45

    Who am I? Before reading this book, I never really put much thought into that question. Should this inquiry ever be directed at me, (and it has been) I probably would answer it with something like, "I'm a wife, mother, homemaker." (And I have.) However, those titles are not really who I am, as Jerry Bridges points out in his book. We are not our vocation or past experiences. As Christians, our identity is to be found in Christ. He explores what that means starting with our creatureliness, our fragility, and total dependence on God. The entire book then cascades into this beautiful picture of a saved person and what being united to Christ entails. This is where we find our true identity - in Christ alone. God may call us to a different vocation tomorrow but who we truly are never changes. If someone asks me again who I am, that person should brace himself for what's coming. I am a justified sinner in Christ, adopted as a child of God, a new creation, a saint, a servant of Christ that He is continuously perfecting.

  • Tim Augustyn
    2019-03-24 23:26

    This is one of the most helpful Christian books I have ever read. The book is very simple, very straightforward, and it helped me to see what it means to be a Christian and to have my identity rooted in Jesus Christ.The book is simple enough for a mature middle schooler or immature high schooler, and profound enough to encourage/challenge the long time Christian. Bridges' simple illustrations and explanations were very helpful to me and different than what I've heard before, even though I've read many Christian books. If you're tired of your identity out flapping in the wind every time circumstances change, you will find this book a welcome balm to your soul.

  • Warren Benton
    2019-03-23 02:44

    rating 3.5This is one of those books that packs lots of information into a very small compact package. I believe it will be something I will reread. Bridges talks of how we are like a murder rapist on death row God is the governor. He doesn't pardon us. He adopts us. We come into his inheritance. We are join into his family we have his stuff, we get to be part of everything he is doing. this isn't like a pardon where our crimes are just brushed to the side. this is more like full on forgiveness. we are viewed not as Adam but as the new Adam Jesus.

  • Lawson Hembree
    2019-03-19 05:29

    A concise treatment of one of the most important aspects of Christianity: what it means to be "in Christ". Bridges outlines the benefits and responsibilities associated with an identity that is based on our unity with Christ as opposed to an identity based on circumstances, vocation, interests, etc. An important read for any believer. [Bonus: the audiobook version is read by Allistar Begg with his fantastic Scottish accent]

  • Tom
    2019-03-21 00:39

    Simple but provocative. why is it that I need this constant reminder of who I am, or, more importantly, who I am not? Bridges theme is pretty much the same much needed emphasis in his recent books, and that is "Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace."We just need to keep it before us!

  • Bill
    2019-02-26 04:31

    These Cruciform publishing books seem like a great concept. This one was an encouraging, concise reminder of the basic message of the gospel as it applies to the identity of a Christian. Typical Jerry Bridges: measured, practical, biblical, understandable, measured and occasionally firm & confronting. I listened to it as an audio book over the course of a few days of short drives, and it was great to have this kind of basic gospel encouragement present in my thoughts over those few days.

  • Elyse
    2019-03-13 04:36

    Easy to red, well crafted explanation of every Christian's position in light of the person and work of Jesus Christ. The biblical statements backing the author's view are well exposed. And the reader will just focus on those Scripture verses to practically live out his or her faith in daily experiences. A must read if you struggle with this age-old question: "Who am I?"

  • Chad A. Pentecost
    2019-03-12 04:26

    Changed perspectiveI learned while reading this book that the author had went home to be fully sanctified only two months prior. This book reaffirmed many truths of my identity in Christ. I recommend it to any new believer and to those who need a reminder after years of Christian service.

  • Mark
    2019-03-23 03:28

    A great little book which reminds us of profound, beautiful truths (while avoiding the common problem of padding on lots of bloated content). Others criticize this book as being a little too simple and wanting more depth, but I feel less is more in this case. Having said that, the kindle price was a little expensive considering how short the book is.

  • Godly
    2019-02-23 22:37

    An amazing book! A lot of times we tend to forget who we are and this is the only thing that really helps us in our daily life whether it be in the workplace, home and even among family. Jerry takes us deep into the core of Christian theology by re-examining the foundation of who a Christian is. MUST READ/LISTEN!