Sermon 2020-06-28

Made in the Image of God

Genesis 1:26-28
Series: Who Are You and Where Are You Going?
Rev. Tim Meendering

Order of Service

  • Welcome and Call to Worship
  • Song – How Great Thou Art
  • Song – Amazing Grace
  • Sermon – Made in the Image of God (scroll down for sermon notes)
  • Song – Build Your Kingdom Here
  • Closing Blessing

Sermon Notes

Questions for family/small group discussions:
  • Why would we be deeply influenced, impacted, and changed by understanding the biblical answers to the questions, who are you and where are you going?
  • What do Psalm 112:7 and Proverbs 1:33 reveal about what is so vital during times of bad news and dread of disaster? How should this change the balance of your diet between the news and absorbing God’s Word?
 
Three ways that we are the image of God:
 
1. Personality
  • What does Colossians 3:10 say about the aspect of God’s image that is being renewed in us?
  • What does Genesis 1:28 reveal about how we reflect the image of God?
2. Spiritual Being
  • What is the great significance and privilege that we gain by being spiritual beings (see John 17:26)? How does this make us radically different than any other creature?
3. Moral Nature – Righteousness, Holiness
  • What does it mean that we are created with the ability to make moral choices that reflect the righteousness and holiness of God (see Ephesians 4:24)?
  • How do you see that sin has distorted the image of God in us? What do you think that C.S. Lewis meant when he wrote that “There are no ordinary people. You have never met a mere mortal.”?
 
Three implications of being made in the image of God:
 
1. You are his representative
  • How would you describe your role and mission when you consider Genesis 1:28, Matthew 28:18-19, and Jesus’ teaching that we are to pray “your kingdom come, your will be done…”? How might this change the way that you pray and engage with others every day?
2. You are overwhelmingly sacred/valuable
  • What does Psalm 8:5-6 and Zephaniah 3:17 say about who you are? How can this truth dripping like an I.V. into your heart and mind impact how you absorb and deal with the ugly, demeaning words that come your way? Do you have this kind of Teflon non-stick coating on your heart and mind? Why or why not?
3. Every other human is overwhelmingly sacred/valuable
  • What do Genesis 9:6 and James 3:9-10 say about the vital importance of recognizing the image of God in others? Do you see how an attack against anyone is also an attack against God?
  • Why are we so tempted to de-humanize or de-value people who are not like us? Can you remember times when you have done this? Or recall when you have laughed at someone rather than with them? Take time to confess and repent of these times.
  • How can you take a step this week to acknowledge and love people who are often overlooked or unloved?
  • What is one step you could take to work for the protection of the unborn? Ask God to guide you in this.
  • How has Jesus made it possible for us to supremely value, accept, and lead others to the life we have in him? What do we need to see in who Jesus is and what he has done so that we will reflect his beautiful image and love his image in others wherever we find it?