I am privileged to be a featured blogger this week as part of the EvangelVision project. My post this week looks for the roots of evangelism is Genesis 1. Here’s an excerpt of the post:
Does evangelism begin with knowledge of the right method? Does helping people understand they are sinners in need of a Savior launch them onto the road to Christ? Or does evangelism really get going when we use fewer words and more action to witness to the good news in Jesus Christ? This is the question:Where does evangelism really start?
While all of these potential answers are valid, the starting point for evangelism, humanly speaking, is found somewhere else. Return with me to the very beginnings of creation in Genesis. There, we read God’s introductory declaration about human life:
“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Gen. 1:27-28)
The starting point for evangelism erupts from the beginnings of human history as God creates us in His image
[Read the rest of the post here.]
Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message on marriage from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church as part of our series on relationships entitled “Made for It.”
1. Who has the best marriage you know and why?
2. As we continue with our series on relationships, “Made for It,” we want to explore the topic of marriage. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture.
3. When you look at Genesis 1:27-30 and 2:20-25, what do you learn about God’s intention for marriage from the beginning of creation?Read More »
Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “What About Our Image?”
1. On a scale of 1-10, how comfortable are you in our own skin – how comfortable are you with yourself – right now. Why?
2. Genesis 1 tells the story of the creation of the world. Read that chapter out loud and reflect on the differences between humanity’s creation and the creation of the rest of the world. What is distinct or unique about human beings?
3. The phrase ‘image of God’ or ‘likeness of God’ only appears three times in Genesis: 1:26-28; 5:1-2; and 9:6. However, Psalm 8 is often seen as a commentary on Genesis 1:26-28. Take some time to read through Psalm 8 and reflect on what it says about humanity.
4. Given the Scripture you read through previously, how would you define humanity in the following categories:Read More »
Here’s a question for you that I’d like your insights, questions, or wonderings about.
In Genesis 1:26-27, we read these words:
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
What do you think it means to be made in the image of God?