Evergreen | The Image of God | George Hinman
The Image of God
June 17, 2018
Introduction: Genesis is the beginning of the story and the story of the beginning. God's new beginning. These first chapters of the Bible are the seed out of which the story of the whole Bible grows. But more importantly they invite us into a new space with God. A garden. Here we find a garden that helps us understand the chaos of life around us and even within us. Here we find a seed that brings the life of God into our lives today. And rivers that flow from the garden of God to water and renew the whole world in the name of the one who makes all things new again and again and again.
This week we consider what it means to be the image of God. Jesus reconciles all thing and restores us to our place as stewards of creation.
Prayer: Father, help us to understand better the meaning of being “created in your image”. Amen.
Read: Genesis 1:26-2:4
Review: What was most memorable to you of the Genesis account of the first days of creation? Share your thoughts about the wonder of creation?
1. What is the difference between “Let there be…” acts of creation and
“Let us make man in our own likeness” act of creation?
Explain the significance of the difference, if any.
2. Is the “Let us…” act of creation a glimpse of the Trinity? Read John 17:24.
3. What does it mean “to rule over…”?
What are the important responsibilities of “rule”?
What are some other words which define “rule” to you?
4. Read Psalm 8:3-9; How does our care of creation represent God’s continued good governance over the created world?
5. What is the significance for us today of God blessing the seventh day and making it holy because of He rested from all of the work he had done?
How does Jesus being “ Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28) affect our understanding?
Application: Let this week impact your view of all humanity as being “in the image of God”.
Pray: Father, continue to give us your perspective on the acts of creation and our responsibility for its care and care for each other. Amen.