Writer: Patrick McDonald
Big Idea: Why are we drawn to stories? Why are we inspired by those who overcome adversity? Why do hope for heroes? Why do we root for characters to fall in love? It is said, “the stories we tell, tell us who we are.” In the beginning, everything humanity longed for, desired, and found meaning in was provided for by God. We are created to be in relationship with God, with others, and to participate in His creative activity. How we are created tells us everything about who we are, what we are about, and our purpose in life. In the Beginning we are created in the Image of God and this truth has profound implications on our relationship with God, others, and creation.
Key passages: Genesis 1+2; John 1:1-18
Any time someone tells a story, whether it’s a movie, a novel, or a short story, the creator must nail the opening scene. The first moments introduce us to the setting, the world, the main characters, the tone, and the direction of the story. As the audience, we get a chance to decide if this is a story worth investing our time and energy. We want stories to grab our attention, draw us in, and captivate our imaginations. We look to stories to help us make sense of our own world, to bring us comfort, to inspire us, and to help us navigate our own lives.
The first verses of the Bible tell us the story about the origin of our world. The universe was created out of nothing, but it didn’t come into existence by accident. The world was created by an all-powerful God who merely had to speak it into existence. We also learn about our origin as humans. We too were created by God and were created male and female in His image. Adam and Eve, the first humans, were given purpose and direction.
These first two chapters only take up a few pages, but they introduce us to God, the world, and to mankind. And they set the stage for the grand narrative of Scripture, which will reveal more about who God is and who we are called to be in light of our Creator.
- If anyone is new, start here. When/how did you become aware of God’s love? Who were the people who played a key role in your spiritual journey? How? What are 2/3 key moments in your relationship with God? Take a moment to ask questions.
- What is your favorite story/movie/play? Why?
Read Genesis 1-2
- When you read Genesis 1 and 2, what stands out to you about God?
- What stands out to you about humans?
- What do you think it means that God created mankind, male and female, in His own image?
- How do Genesis 1 and 2 influence the way you view God?
- How do Genesis 1 and 2 influence the way you view yourself? Your value? And your purpose?
Prayer: Take a moment to share prayer requests and pray for each other.
Weekly Prayer Focus: Pray that our church, and especially our guests who are new to church, will understand the profound implications of being created in God’s image.