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:
- Human identity
- Human value
- Human artistry
- Human capacity
5. When sin entered into the world (see Genesis 2 & 3), human beings were forever affected at the core of our being and in our actions (Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3). When you look around you in our world, in what ways do you see humanity’s ‘image of God’ adversely effected?
6. Where do you personally struggle with understanding your image rightly before God?
7. Thankfully, in Jesus Christ, we receive a restored identity (2 Corinthians 5:16-17; Ephesians 2:4-10) with a renewed purpose. Compare Genesis 1:26-30 and 1 Peter 2:10-11 as they address our purpose for existing in this world.
8. What will you ‘resolve’ as a result of this study and message? Identify one practical way you will respond this week. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.