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Sermon Quotes: "In His Image"

“In a time of crisis, turmoil, conflict, a pastor, above all else needs to keep his hand on his Bible.” Jeff Purswell

“The importance of human beings created in God’s image can scarcely be exaggerated.” Thomas Schreiner

“The Bible does not begin with the creation of a special race of people. When the first human is introduced into the story he is simply called ‘adam’, which means ‘humankind’. Adam and Eve are not Hebrews or Egyptians or Canaanites. It is incorrect for the White Church to view them as White or the Black Church to view them as Black. Their ‘race’ is not identifiable; they are neither Negroid nor Caucasian, nor even Semitic. They become the mother and father of all peoples. The division of humankind into peoples and races is not even mentioned until Genesis 10. Adam and Eve, as well as Noah, are non-ethnic and non-national. They represent all people, not some people.” J. Daniel Hays

“The racially generic Adam represents all of humankind. All people of all races are thus created in the image of God. Blacks, Whites and peoples of all other races are all created in the image of God. Therefore, the quality that distinguishes humankind from the animals and from the rest of creation is shared by all the races of the earth.” J. Daniel Hays

“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.” Acts 17:26 

“When you put this teaching of Acts 17:26 together with Genesis 1:27 what emerges is that all members of all ethnic groups are made in the image of God. No matter what the skin color or facial features or cultural traits, every human being in every ethnic group has an immortal soul in the image of God: a mind with unique God-like reasoning powers, a heart with capacities for moral judgments and spiritual affections, and a potential for relationship with God that transforms us into the image of his Son, Jesus Christ. Every human being-whatever color, shape, age, gender, intelligence, health, or social class-is made in the image of God. This is true of all human beings in every ethnic group. And all those groups are by God’s design. So we are put on alert to beware of our prejudices. If we find in our hearts a distaste for the ethnic diversity of the world with all its many physical, linguistic, and cultural dimensions, we should fly to God for his justifying and transforming grace.” John Piper

"Whatever else is entailed by our status as God’s image-bearers, Genesis 2 and 3 make clear that the capacity to know God intimately and commune with him lies near the heart of the matter: in the picturesque language of Genesis 3:8, the Lord God arranged intimate meetings with them ‘in the cool of the day.’” Don Carson

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man, when they were created.” Genesis 5:1-2

“Both the dignity and the equality of human beings are traced in Scripture to our creation.” John Stott

“From Genesis 1 comes the basic foundational premise for a theology of race: all people are created in the image of God. This gives every individual of every race in the world a remarkable status before God. It demolishes every theory of racial superiority or racial inferiority…Not only is the ‘oppression’ of another race an affront to God, but the ‘mocking’ of that race is likewise offensive, underscoring the fact that racial jokes are a direct insult to God…To ridicule someone created in the image of God is to ridicule God. All people of all races are created in God’s image and therefore deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.” J. Daniel Hays

“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 

“Now he prescribes capital punishment, not as a deterrent-deterrence is not discussed-but as a signal that murder is in a class by itself, in that it kills a being made in the image of God.” Don Carson

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“He is the image of the invisible God…” Colossians 1:15 

“…and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free, but Christ is all, and in all.” Colossians 3:10-11