Put the image first…

I’m currently in the midst of preaching a series on what it means to be transformed by the Spirit. That is, what does it mean to be a Follower of Christ and what happens to us spiritually when we make that decision? This weekend I’m preaching on what we were like before our conversion. When I was growing up, I usually heard some version on the “You’re a dirty rotten sinner”. Now, it is true that Paul talks about being dead in our sins and being at enmity with God, but is this the best place to start?

If we’re going to preach love, I wonder if we should start with Genesis 1:27:

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

  1. God created us – He made a choice He didn’t have to make (cf Psalm 139:13). He wants us to exist
  2. God created us in His image – it’s true that we don’t really know with precision what this means, but we appear to be the only part of creation that has been given this honour.

Reminding or educating people of who they are at their created core is essential for communicating the love of God. It speaks directly to why God wants to save us and why he would go to such lengths to save His creation from themselves.

Then we can get into what our present state is and how that has tarnished that image and why we needed a Saviour to get us back into relationship with God.

Know love. Show love.

2 thoughts on “Put the image first…

  1. VERY important idea… if we start with “I’m a rotten thing”, then we get the inevitable question “How could god make such a rotten thing?”… if we start with “I’m a creature of God, made in his image” then we can move forward to “but the image is marred and needs cleaned”. The creature is good as it is. It just needs some polish and repair.

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