The next series in Relaying the Foundations for Families is about what it means to be image bearers. The following lessons are a continuation of the study that was introduced with the Introduction series.
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Image Bearers Intro
What does it mean to be made in the image of God? Only one thing on earth was designed to bear and display the image and likeness of God: Mankind.
Formed with Intention
For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me …and I will listen to you… Jeremiah 29: 11-13
Formed By Presence
But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! Isaiah 43:1-2
There are two means of bringing change: conformation and transformation. Quite often—the creative process begins by imitation. As we acquire skills through imitation we can release ourselves to be led by an invisible source.
How did God teach Israel to remember’?
o He made Himself known in a visual way (Tabernacle)
o He made celebrations that reflected him (yearly reminders through rhythms)
o Tied the words of their lips to the meditations of their heart—Psalm 19:14
For those who are unaware of Light source—and walk in darkness—we are as the moon is to the sun (not a source of light but a reflection of it in the midst of darkness).
“It is through our names that we first place ourselves in the world. Our names, being the gift of others, must be made our own.”
Deformed…the Lies We Believe
What lies to you believe? If we believe something it takes on the the quality of truth to us. If we believe a lie, it is a lot like being pregnant. While pregnant with a lie we cannot also receive and carry truth.
When God changed a person’s name and gave them a new one—usually to establish a new identity; remove a former.