We can spend a lot of time and energy trying to understand ourselves – who we are, what makes us matter and why we are even here. This new message series, Who Am I?, is about helping us discover answers to these questions and more.
WHO AM I?
Message by Josh Mutter – October 28, 2018
I AM MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV) Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
1. Being made in the image of God is not something we do. It is something we are.
2. As people that God created in His image, we are the objects of His desire and affection.
3. The Good News story of Jesus is God doing whatever it takes to restore his image in us.
WHAT ABOUT OTHERS?
Exodus 20:13 (NIV) You shall not murder.
Matthew 5:21-22 (NIV) Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”
Whenever we hear Jesus command us to love others, we should hear him calling us to actively honour and nurture the value that God has given those around us.
1. What is one way that I can slow down so God can remind me what He thinks of me?
Suggestion: reflect on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
2. This week, what is one way that I can honour the image of God in someone who is different than me?