We’re in a new series called “Foundations” which builds off of Jesus’ metaphor in Matt 7: “A house built on sand will never be able to stand BUT a house that’s built on the rock will never be able to fall.”
Begin in prayer, welcoming the Holy Spirit, inviting Him to lead, guide, and convict. Then, reflect on the sermon. What were some highlights? Was anything particularly helpful, convicting, or confusing?
Examine the Word
- Read Genesis 1:26-28, 3:1-19
- Read Romans 3:23; 5:12
- Read Ephesians 2:1-10
- What was God’s original design for humanity? What specific jobs were given to men and women as co-image bearers? Talk about what it means to have the “image of God” stamped upon you.
- What is sin and why is it so inherently anti-God? What does it do to humanity?
- Sin brings death (emotional, spiritual, and physical). How have you seen sin produce death in your own life or in the lives of people around you?
- Jesus, as fully God and fully human, was the only person who could atone for all of human sin. Spend some time discussing why that is.
- When we trust in Jesus, we are transferred from spiritual death to spiritual life. What does that mean for the image of God in us?
- Ephesians 2:10 describes believers as “God’s handiwork.” How does that help you understand God’s design for your life?
- Meditate: Spend time slowly reading and meditating upon Psalm 139. Underline or highlight the verbs that show God’s intentionality toward the people He created.
- Act: Intentionally remind yourself (with a note on your phone or a physical piece of paper) that you and all the people you encounter are made in the image of God. Let that affect the way you see, interact, listen, respect, and care for the people you meet that day. If you have a chance, share with someone you encounter what it means that they are made in God’s image.
For Family Discussions
- Talk about the sermon together. What did you learn that was new? Were there any parts that were confusing?
- Share with your kids the doctrine of the image of God. Talk about the ways that we are called to treat one another because of this.
Published on 02-13-2022 @ 8:35 AM CDT