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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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This past weekend, as we continued our study, "Origins: The Beginning," Pastor Chris Baselice shared a powerful message from Genesis 1:26–2:3. In this message, we explored the creation of mankind, what it means to be bearers of God’s image and likeness, the original intent and purpose for mankind, and how we can get back that original design . . . how we can get back to Eden.
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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Chris' teaching this weekend:
You Were Made to Look Like Him: On the second half of day six, the narrative changes from third person to first person. In this we see a divine dialogue between the three distinct persons of the triune Godhead. And in this discussion, we see God determine that mankind would be different from the rest of creation ("Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness . . ."). It's called the Imago Dei.
Theologically, this means we resemble the Lord God, as a son looks like his father. Practically, this means we were made to look like Him; that every person has significant value and worth! It means that regardless of what you’ve done (your failures, your mistakes, your background), what you look like, or your financial status, you are valuable and worthwhile; you have dignity.
How should this impact the way we view others? We need to understand that we've never talked to mere mortals . . . It means if we really want to honor the Imago Dei then we should treat everyone with reverence, respect, and kindness, because everyone is made in His image.
You Were Made to Work for Him: God blessed them to be fruitful and multiply. He blessed them to fill the earth. It's a divine invitation to explore, to find adventure, to discover, to dream. He called us to subdue the earth, to have dominion of it, to bring it all under God's control. Sadly, though, sin has corrupted this as well. Sin has taken sex and made it a perverse idol. It has distorted its original design.
So, how do we get back to the original design? By honoring sex in marriage. We get back to the original design by being fruitful and multiplying; we subdue the earth by reproducing ourselves through family, by raising godly children. This is the greatest call on our lives.
Singles also have a role. Often, churches ostracize singles, but that should not be! Keep in mind, Jesus was single. The apostle Paul commended singles in the New Testament. The single person can devote their life to reproducing through ministry, through evangelism and discipleship, by birthing and raising spiritual children.
You Were Made to Be With Him: Once all of creation was done, and He saw that everything was good and perfect, God rested. Was He tired? No. He was establishing a beautiful model for us of Sabbath rest. It's healthy to have a Sabbath. Why? Because it's all about trusting in and resting in God. Man's first full day was the Sabbath, spent resting with God in perfect relationship.
Finally, note how creation is a picture of redemption on the cross. Just as God looked on at creation and declared it was good and then rested, Jesus declared, "It is finished" (John 19:30 NIV). Now today, Jesus is our rest! He did the work for us; He is the Lord of the Sabbath. Because of the work of Christ, we can fully rest in the significance, identity, and security that He has gifted to us.
Quote to Remember: How do we get back to Eden? How do we get back to valuing and appreciating that all people are made in God's image? By trusting in the same triune God who created us and made a way to restore what sin has corrupted!—Pastor Chris Baselice
Join us for an incredible night of powerful worship and heartfelt prayer as we reflect on God’s goodness and worship Him together. As a church family, we will pursue God’s heart and lift up His name!
This weekend, Pastor Duane Roberts of our Boynton Beach campus will join us as we dive into Genesis 2:4–25. In this message, we''ll explore why it's not good for man to be alone, the creation of Eve, and we'll discuss the role of humanity as caretaker of the earth.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.