The Story Begins: "Created in God's Image"

The Story Begins: "Created in God's Image"

January 12, 2020 | Jim Hodge
Genesis 1:23-2:25

I. Humanity created in God's divine image. (Genesis 1:26-31)

Genesis 5:1–2

  1. Respect for human life in God’s divine image.

Psalm 8:1-5; Psalm 139:13-16

Genesis 9:6: James 3:9

  1. The divine image implies partnership with God in His creation.

Genesis 1:26; Psalm 8:3–8

II. The image of God disfigured in the fall. (Genesis 2:1-8)

Romans 3:23

  1. Fallen humanity in God’s creation.

 Genesis 3:17–19

 III.  Jesus Christ - the image of the invisible God.

Philippians 2:6; Colossians 1:15; 2 Corinthians 4:4

  1. He is the exact representation of God.

Hebrews 1:3

  1. He is the perfect human being.

John 1:14; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:17

IV. Humanities restoration of the divine image through Jesus Christ.

  1. The divine image is restored in Christ by faith.

Romans 8:29; Ephesians 4:22–24; Colossians 3:9–10

  1. The Christian life a process of transformation.

2 Corinthians 3:18

  1. The Christian life has a promise of complete restoration in the future.

1 Corinthians 15:49;1 John 3:2;1 Corinthians 15:45-48


Discussion Questions:

  1. Read Genesis 1:26-2:25. What stands out to you as you read about our beginning? What are you thankful for from this passage?
  2. What comes to mind when you think of humanity being created and designed “in the image of God?”
  3. How does being made in His image impact your daily life?
  4. What are some areas of authority you have been given that you want to oversee better this year?
  5. What are your thoughts concerning all the animals, the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky; as living creatures that God has entrusted to our care?
  6. In what ways does our culture demean and diminish the value of work? In what ways do you value work? How do you get to witness about Christ at work?
  7. What makes rest and sabbath difficult for you? Pray for one another to work and rest in a way that glorifies God.

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