Who am I? Identity and freedom in Paul’s letter to the Romans Conference Paper uri icon


  • Who am I? And am I free to be me? In the 21st Century, questions of identity and freedom have taken centre stage. For children and young people in particular, these questions are often deeply personal and pressing. Yet the answers the world gives are chaotic and confusing. On the one hand, I’m told that I’m free to choose whoever I want to be. On the other hand, I’m told that I’m bound to follow my feelings—after all, I was “born this way.” In the midst of this chaos, Paul’s letter to the Romans provides clear, challenging yet ultimately deeply satisfying answers to the questions of who I am and who I can be in Christ. This paper will focus on the key truths relating to identity in Romans, and explore how these statements make sense within the broader framework of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the paper is to assist those involved in children’s and youth ministry by providing biblical categories and frameworks that help them to address various questions of identity and freedom that inevitably arise in their ministries.

publication date

  • May 10, 2021