Thursday, August 6, 2015

Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!! Lesson & Link-Up #21 Made in God's Image!!!
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Theology Lesson FOR KIDS #21

Made in God's Image

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.
 Genesis 1:26-27

Dr. Ware shares two main ideas that help us understand what it means that we are made in God's image.  Before he presents theses ideas he addresses that both men and women are equally made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), humans have a calling to rule or have dominion, and Jesus helped us understand what it means to be the image of God as he lived his life and showed dominion over creation (Colossians 1:15-17).
  1. Dr. Ware's shares, "The main way we are made like God is through the qualities that he has put within us."  We are to be holy, loving, forgiving, truthful, faithful as God is.  Yet sin came into the world and we are not this way therefore we need to be REMADE into the image of God once again.  Because of what Christ has done for us through his life, death, and resurrection we can trust Christ for our forgiveness of sin.  We then can begin the process of being remade into the image of God, as we are made like Christ (Colossians 3:8-11, Colossians 1:15, John 1:14).
  2. Then Dr. Ware shares, "The image of God is not only about the qualities of our inner lives, it is also about our responsibilities, what we are called to do."  Jesus was the perfect image of God, obeying God perfectly and completely.  Jesus shows us what it means to be the image of God.  So being made in God's image is not only having the qualities that are like God's qualities but acting in the ways God would act
"God is at work remaking his own people to be like Christ in their character and in their conduct.  Only by God's grace can this happen.  And as it does, God's people enter into more of the joy of what it means to be re-created in the image of Christ, the perfect image of God." Dr. Ware 

Looking to dive deeper in your understanding of what it means to be made in the image of God?  John Piper from Desiring God has a wonderful 5 minute explanation to help us deepen our understanding of this amazing truth!  Click HERE to listen!

Consider these Ideas for Teaching Theology to Children...
  • Don't be afraid to challenge your child to THINK!  In a world where children have many thoughtless and effortless tasks (video games, TV, and computer time) challenge your child to THINK through great truths of the gospel!
  • Take your time to soak up truth!  Don't rush through a lesson, allow time, opportunities, and study to help resonate a specific truth within them (and us!!).
  • Begin an individual journal or family journal about the theological truths learned, review it regularly. 
  • Pray that the Lord would give you wisdom and understanding as you seek to honor Him in the teaching and training of your children.
  • Pray that God would open the eyes of your child's HEART that they would EMBRACE the gospel not just KNOW the content intellectually (see this related post).
  • Talk about these truths DAILY and when teachable moments present themselves take advantage of them! 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for featuring my post, and thank you for hosting,. Hope you and your family are well. Blessings


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