Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Dear Faith Family,
We are all familiar with images. We see them in advertisements all the time. They are meant to capture our attention and show us in one quick glance what is true about something. For instance, when I look at a vehicle I can very quickly determine the make of the vehicle simply by finding the symbol or image that identifies its origin. We are so used to these images that we are often barely aware they are right there in front of us.
Human beings also bear an image, but in a different way than automobiles and laundry detergent. Genesis 1:26 says this: “Then God said, ‘Let us make [mankind] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’” Carrying the image of God means human beings were given a specific form and function. God invited them into his rule and made them representatives of himself in his creation. What an invitation!
Even though human beings fell from intimate communion with God, the reality of human image-bearing has been distorted by sin but not destroyed. Human image-bearing needed restoration. Enter Jesus. He is the one who came to show us the image-bearing life perfectly lived. He is the one who is restoring us to image-bearing as we are being conformed into his image through the work of the Holy Spirit. What an image!
This week our
study is entitled “Image of God”. Below you will find the link to the video and some discussion questions that will help you to explore this theme in the Bible. You do not have to go through all of the passages and questions. You can choose one option for study.
If you are a part of a Sunday School Class or Life Group, consider finding a way to connect online all together or in smaller groups or pairs. If you are not in a class or group, contact a friend and see if they would be interested in joining you in a discussion of this theme. Let me know if you would like to get connected. It is the way we grow as people—in community—even when we have to be socially distant!
Here is this week's “Image of God.” video.