Summer Message Theme
"Image of God"
We were created to rule and reign the creation on God’s behalf. This language of “ruling and reigning,” along with the thoughts of Israel’s neighbors that the king was the image of God, reveals a mind-blowing concept that all humans are kings and queens. This would have shocked the Ancient Near Eastern world, and hopefully, it shocks you too!
The opening chapters of Genesis shook the ancient world with a bold claim. All humans are made in the image of God. That claim was--and still is--revolutionary. But what does it mean to be made “in the image of God?” What is Genesis trying to convey? Why is this such a powerful idea?
“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,” Psalm 8:4-6