“Share one picture on your phone to the group [Hold up phone] and tell one thing about the picture.”
8/7 Meet The Mount - 1st Sunday of the month after church for guests to learn about The Mount (lunch & childcare provided)
8/14 Imago Dei Q&A Forum - 4:30pm
8/20 CG Leader Training 9-11am
8/31 Student ‘Color War’ Night - a large outreach event for students on campus
9/4 Meet The Mount
9/18 “All In” Sunday & Church Picnic - Save The Date - more info to come
“Imago Dei” - literally the “image of God”. What does it mean to be made in God’s image? We explore the biblical foundation for mankind being made in the image of God.
Key Passages: Gen 1:26-27, 5:1-2, 9:6; Rom 8:29, 2 Cor 3:18; Col 3:10; Jam 3:9
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read Gen 1:26-27. What does it mean to be created in the image of God? (image, likeness; think a picture or shadow of an object) How does it make you feel that you were created “in the image of God”; does it or should it change the way you think of yourself?
- Where does the bible speak of humans being the highest in the created order? Why does this matter? God has supreme dominion or control; he gave mankind dominion over all other living things Gen 1:28)
- What are some obvious ways we see this reality in our world played out? In what ways do we see this being challenged?
- Read 1 Cor 6:19-20. What lives or dwells in every believer? Your body being called a “temple of the Holy Spirit”, what does that mean to you? Does or should that affect… how we see ourselves? …how we care for ourselves? …how we treat each other? etc
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for believers to be a light in this dark world, to speak with love and gentleness. Pray we balance truth with love and for God to bring send out laborers into his harvest. Matt 9:35-38
Excerpts from www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-image-of-god
Conclusions about the Image of God in the Old Testament — “That man is in the image of God means that man as a whole person, both physically and spiritually, is in some sense like his Maker. Just what the nature of this likeness is, we are not told. But we are told what really matters: even as sinners we bear God’s image. As a result of this image in us, we have dominion over all the earth and we have a right to live out our days upon the earth. Beyond this teaching about the image of God in man, the Old Testament is silent.”
“In conclusion, I offer the following summary statements regarding the New Testament teaching about the image of God in man.
- Underlying New Testament thought is the assumption that all men retain the image of God given in creation. This is not described except insofar as it is the ground for various practical admonitions.
- A central Pauline teaching is that in regeneration men receive the image of God.
- Jesus is the image and fullness of God, and men therefore receive the image of God by sharing in what Christ is.
- The image of God which Christians receive is really, but only partially, possessed in this life.
- To receive the image of God through Christ means to begin to share in his glory, knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. It means to become like him.
- The Christian life is a process of increasingly full attainment of these virtues.
- The image of God in its present reality and future fullness is a gift of God worked in man by the Holy Spirit through the light of the gospel of Christ.
If this truth does not satisfy our hunger, consider that “we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).”