Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Created to Reflect God's Image

Part 2 of the Bible study series God's Image Bearers



Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Gen. 1:26-27).


Introduction 

To be created in God’s image means to be made to be like God and to represent Him. We are like broken mirrors that need to be put back together by God. We were created to reflect God.


Discussion

“Why are we here?” “What is life all about?” “Is there a reason to live?” What are some common answers to these questions? 


Explanation 

Read Eph. 1:11-12; 1 Cor. 10:31; Rev. 4:11. According to Scripture, what is the purpose of our lives?

Read Acts 12:21-23. Why is it wrong for us to seek glory for ourselves but right for God to seek glory for Himself? 

The Westminster Shorter Catechism says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” Is there a connection between glorifying God and enjoying Him? 

Read Exod. 34:34-35; 2 Cor. 3:12-18; Col. 3:8-10. Because of sin, the image of God has been distorted, but not completely lost. How does the restoration of God’s image take place in our lives? 


Application 

The gospel is the story of God’s plan to put us back together. To accomplish this plan, Jesus needed to be “broken.” How does this make you feel? Who does this make you want to act? 

Read Matt. 5:14-16. What can you do reflect God and bring glory to Him?