Shortly after I began contemplating all of this information, the Junior High girls in my Sunday School class came home from Student Life Camp. At the beginning of class, I asked them to share something from camp. Many shared fun things that had happened at camp but then one of them excitedly wanted to share what she had learned. She began telling what Ed Newton had taught one evening at the conference (and I hope I get it right!).
He told them the story in Matthew 16 of Christ asking his disciples "Who do you say that I am?". When Jesus asked the question, Simon quickly declared, "Your are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!" It was then that Jesus changed his name to Peter - and in that name change told Peter who he was. Mr. Newton's point was what had my adorable Jr. High Sunday School member so excited: before God will reveal who you are in Him, He wants you to declare who HE is. I love simplicity, and I love those girls!