June 30 - July 6, 2017
Made in the Image
"Image-bearer" or the imago Dei are some terms that get thrown around a lot in Christendom and in many sermons, but rarely do I hear it explained. When we say that we are image-bearers of God, what does that mean?
Genesis 1:26, the first and most logical place to turn for answers, reads: Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
There are two ways in which God made Adam--in Our image and according to Our likeness. Much could be written just on this one verse, but suffice it to say that the words "image" and "likeness," though similar, turn out to have slightly different connotations. To greatly epitomize, God has an image and that image is His Son in the same way Adam's image is His Son. Hebrews ch. 1 states: "God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person..." Jesus is the Son of God who is "the express image" of God or what Paul elsewhere calls "the image of the invisible God."--Col. 1:15
The Early Church Fathers taught that since the Son is the Word (Logos) of God then being image-bearers means that we are endued with rational capacities (logikos). And we are most rational when are found in the Son, who restores God's image/imprint upon us since He IS the Image. What are some ways in which mankind "fleshes out" God's likeness through rationality? And are there other ways in which we "look like" God?
Genesis 1:27-28 goes on to say, "So God created man in His [own] image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'" Notice several truths that are revealed here.
Man's Creation is Unique:
“And God said, ‘Let Us make’…” instead of “Let there be…” God deliberates within His own persons and is personally involved rather than just commanding us to be.
Everything else was made according to its kind, but man was made “in Our image.” (Compare vs. 21 & 27). Man’s “kind” is not simply of himself but he also shares a likeness to God, his Creator.
God blesses the sea creatures with a threefold blessing over the waters “saying,” but God blesses man “and says to them.” He gives the same threefold blessing, except over the earth, and then commands them to have dominion and rule. As you read on into chapter 2, you see Adam exercising his authority in the same way God does in ch. 1. This is part of our being "logical."
Mankind is made male and female. Gender distinction among living things has not been mentioned thus far in the narrative, even though the animals have it too; thus far it has been unimportant, yet now it is emphasized. Both the male and female are important. Their plurality, yet unity, emphasizes a way we are made in God’s likeness: God is a unity of plural persons. The singular man is created a plurality, thus casting the human relationship between man and woman in the role of reflecting God’s own personal relationship within Himself. Relationships are a clue to meaning in life. Relationships (especially marriage) are intended to reflect God’s plural and unified nature.
- Only man was given dominion.
- Only man has direct communication with God (v. 29).
Therefore, mankind is imbued with intrinsic value and worth. This is why God later commands Noah and his family after the Flood not to shed man's blood, since life is sacred because of God's image. For the above reasons Christians defend a "pro-life" position from the womb to old age. And for the above reasons Jesus came into the world to restore God's image and reclaim dominion which had been corrupted and squandered by sinful humans.
To God be the glory and may His Image be perpetuated among us!
- Children's Ministry Needs:
- 4 volunteers on rotation to supervise the kids on Wednesday nights during the summer. There will be no children's classes on Wednesday nights during the summer, just playground and/or a movie. A sign up sheet is on the welcome table for volunteers.
- 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
- Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year)
Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
- We are having a church picnic at Noccalula Falls on July 2nd from 2 pm to closing. Please bring potluck dishes, desserts, and drinks to share. The church will provide all of the utensils, cups, plates, and paper products for this evening of fun and fellowship.
- Art Camp T-shirts are available in "Comfort Color" for $14 or regular for $10. Please indicate which kind of shirt you want on the Art Camp sign up list. Note "C.C." under the T-shirt size column if you want Comfort Color. Otherwise, leave blank.
- Ladies Fellowship: July 20th at 6 at Kathy Coy's house.
- Check out the welcome table for upcoming events and sign ups.
July 2 - Church Picnic at Noccalula Falls
July 11 - Six Flags Day (Will need chaperones to attend. Tickets $47.99. Leaving church at 8 am)
July 16-19 - Art Camp. Theme is "Survival: Out pray, out last, outreach." Focus of the lessons will be on Spiritual Disciplines.
July 20 - Ladies Fellowship
July 23 - Community Groups start back
July 24-28 - Youth Summer Missions Week
- Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
- Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. His health has been declining and he is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
- Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.
Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - David Porch, Ellen Sims, Abby Gwaltney
3 through 4 year olds - Rory Colvin & Gloria Childress
Last Week’s Statistics:
|Budget Receipts this Week:||$3,445.00|
|Budget Needs Weekly:||$4,097.88|
|Budget Receipts YTD:||$104,717.50|
|Budget Needs YTD:||$106,545.00|
|Building Fund this Week:||$200.00|
|Building Fund YTD:||$4,410.00|
Pastor – Brad Williams
Family Pastor -- David Porch
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
6:30pm - Children/Student Activities
6:30pm – Adult Bible Study