The image that was given at creation and broken through sin has been restored in Jesus Christ who lives in us
Icebreaker: Logo Quiz. A fun way to begin a discussion could be to print out a number of Logo’s/Brands for people to guess. This is a good way to explain our image based society.
Creation – Image of God places upon humanity a unique value and purpose.
An image demands an artist; Genesis reflects this artist as God. Our world looks to things from the Created Order instead of the Creator for their image. The image on which we focus is the image that we become. In our image obsessed society the Genesis story reminds us that our image begins with God. In this we see some unique attributes and capabilities given to humanity.
Read through Genesis 1:26-31.
Q: In Genesis 1:26 it says that we are made in the image and likeness. Discuss what it means to be made in the image and what it means to be made in the likeness of God.
Q: What are some of the unique attributes given to humanity (E.g. Relationships, Responsibility, Reflection)?
Q: What does the image of God say about our relationship with God, Self and Others?
Crack – The original image was cracked as humanity rebelled against the Creator.
Sin is a breaking of the image of God (God, Self and Others). Our world reflects the fact that the image has been broken. Sin had broken the image. Whether we are religious or rebellious, all of us have fallen short of the Creator’s purpose (Rom 3:23). One look around and we see that the image has been marred drastically. We are left in the aftermath picking up the pieces of an image that one was but is no more. We have been trying to get back to the image.
Read the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4)
Q: How does Cain’s action against the image of God in Abel reflect humanity’s decisions?
Q: How has humanity walked away from the image of God (both personally and globally)?
Q: Reflect on the way breaking the image must make God feel?
Christ – Christ came to restore the image
Christ is the restoration of the image lost. The Creator stepped in to creation to lead us home. The image that was given in creation, cracked in the fall is restored in Christ. Christ has restored the image of God in many ways:
1. God – What we think about, when we think about God, is the most important thing about us (AW Tozer). Jesus came to make the image right again with God (John 10:30; 14:6; Col 1:15; Heb 10:19).
Q: Why is it that if we get the image of God wrong everything else is wrong?
Q: When we look at Jesus, what does it tell us about God?
2. Self – Jesus also restores the image of God in us (2 Cor 3:18; Col 1:27; 2 Pet 1:4). The image that we look to is the image that we become. We can be a Christian but look at the wrong image (power, sex, prestige, pleasure). When God looks at us He sees Jesus (Gal 2:20).
Q: When you look at yourself what do you see?
Q: Take some time to think how God sees each person in the group
3. World – The image of God is not individual but corporate (Gal 3:27; Eph 1:22) and the world is lost and longing to be found (Rom 8:22, Col 1:21). We are the hands and feet of Jesus.
Q: What does it mean to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
Q: Reflect on Genesis 1:28 and how it’s only together (male and female) that the image of God is revealed. What does this say about community?
Q: Who are some people in your life that Jesus is calling you to reach out to?