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in Genesis 1, we see God's design of creation and His plan to display His greatness in the midst of creation.

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them. And God said to them,
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth . . ."
Gen. 1:26-28

God's plan was to place an 'image bearer' in His creation.
One to reflect His worth to the world.
An image bearer bears the image of another wherever it is placed and finds its worth and significance in the one whose image it bears.

God's desire was for His image bearers to 'fill the earth' so that the whole world would be filled with reflectors of Himself.

But this plan was not fully realized until Jesus Christ, the 'image of the invisible God' (Col. 1:15) and the 'radiance of the glory of God' (Heb. 1:3), stepped out of Heaven and into Creation.  Christ came to make God known and to restore the image of God that had been marred by sin.  For in Gen. 3, we read that Adam and Eve rejected God and sought to find worth apart from Him.  As a result, mankind bore the image of the 'earthly man' (1  Cor 15:49) but through faith in the Jesus Christ, God's image is being restored.

as the scripture says,
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
2 Cor. 3:18
. . .and . . .
"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters." Rom. 8:29

In all things, God is working to save a people through Christ and to shape them into His image. As we come to know Christ, as we behold His glory and beauty, we are not only SAVED from sin but SHAPED into His likeness.

God is at work saving and shaping a people through His Son,
so that His image might be seen throughout creation.

As a church:
We desire to see all people come to know Christ and become like Him through faith in the gospel.
We regularly invest ourselves in our local community, to be present for the purpose of declaring the worth of God in this place.

to Ponder:
-as Image Bearers, we must look to something outside of ourselves to find worth and significance.
Q. What are you looking to for worth and purpose today?

-as Image Bearers, we continually point one another to the beauty and worth of Jesus Christ.  We do so as we care for one another with the truth of the gospel.
Q. How are you pointing to the beauty and worth of Christ Jesus in your relationships with others?

-as Image Bearers, we are purposely present to reflect the worth of God wherever He has placed us.
Q. How are you purposefully present in your local community?



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