This week we examine the pinnacle of God's creation - humanity, created in the image of God. We will examine why this matters and what is significant about bearing the image and likeness of God. Also, we will address the incredibly important question, 'What does it mean to be human?' The answer to that question is foundational to a biblical worldview. If we answer this question incorrectly, there are devastating consequences.
Genesis 1 describes why and how God has created and filled the universe. The universe is his stage for the manifestation of his manifold perfections and glory. The pinnacle of his creation is man, created in his image and likeness. As a result of this image, man is given the commission of dominion over creation.
This Sunday we kicked off our new series in the Book of Genesis. The word ‘genesis’ means beginning. And in chapters one and two we have a detailed account of God’s work in creating the universe in an orderly fashion and all his work is declared good. But before we get to the beginning of God creating the universe, we are going to take a look at what existed before Genesis, before the beginning.
In the book of Ephesians, Paul explains that those of us who have been redeemed by God have been given a new identity as members of the body of Christ. In Ephesian 4:1-16, Paul then transitions into showing us what it looks like to live rightly as church members. As members of the body of Christ, we are called to unity, we are equipped for ministry and we are to be grown up in maturity.