Sermon Discussion + Prayer: "In His Image"

In a tumultuous season of conflict, we turn to Genesis chapter one where we join with the heavenly hosts and observe God’s plan and design for humanity. This passage shows a biblical worldview on how those in a majority culture should view and relate to those who make up a minority in our country. As we look at these verses, we find what it means to be made in the image of God and how it informs our interactions with other image-bearers. 

Discussion Questions: 

  1. What are some differences you notice between man and the rest of God’s creation? Reflect on Genesis 1:20-25 and Genesis 1:26-27.
  2. Why is it important in our culture to understand that we are made in the image of God? 
  3. How does a biblical worldview define being made in the image of God? Attempt to use scriptures you know or those referenced in the sermon.
  4. How are we to view racism and murder through a biblical worldview?
  5. How does knowing that all humans are made in the image of God inform our interactions with others and help us dialogue during evangelistic opportunities?

Praying The Passage:

Please open to Gen. 1:26-27 and allow this passage and the quotes and prayers below to guide your prayer.

“In a time of crisis, turmoil, conflict, a [Christian], above all else needs to keep his hand on his Bible.” – Jeff Purswell
Father, I thank and praise you that we are not left to guess what you want us to believe. I recognize that you have given me what I need from your Word to understand and obey you. Help me to function based on Deut. 8:3, that I live by every word that you speak.

“All our differences must be viewed in this light-what is most important about us and what we all have in common is that we are made in God’s image and likeness.”
I ask, Father, that I would identify with other human beings first and foremost as fellow image- bearers. I ask earnestly for you to help me see these fellow image-bearers the way you want me to see them, as those reflecting you.

“This biblical perspective of our common origin leaves no place for racism or ethnocentrism.”
Lord, I grieve that the sin of racism is so commonly practiced today by individuals. I ask that you would bring revival to hearts in our country and turn people to Jesus.

“Jesus came on a mission to create a new people for whom he is the supreme treasure, and among whom racism and ethnocentrism is unthinkable.” John Piper
I want image bearers on this earth, Lord, to know Jesus as their supreme treasure. Would you, Father, reveal Jesus to all peoples during this time so that they would know the one man in place of the two, who has made peace (Eph. 2:15).

“This really is a moment that calls for loving others and all that entails.”
Father, would you help me this week to love others. Help me to see fellow image-bearers as you see them, as those who, like me, need a savior. And lastly, help give me an understanding of what love entails to those you have put in front of me.