Redeemer Church Mauritius
The Beginnings: Identity – Phil Kendon
Today we are talking about identity – not the biological side of creation, but the value side. Does my life have value? Am I important as a person or am I just a number – one of 8 billion alive on the planet right now? Who am I really and what do I mean to God? We vastly underestimate the role of faith in matters like identity. It is absolutely vital that we believe this account in the book of Genesis, because it is the confidence we have in this creation story that allows us to reject the lies that cross our minds on a daily basis. Positive thinking might help a bit. Someone else’s encouragement can definitely lift our spirits and help us feel better. Achieving some goal will surely improve our confidence for a time. But the only solid foundation we have to build a life upon is the truth that God created us, and we are made in his image, and it is very good! When we choose to believe that and stand on that truth when other ground trembles beneath us, that is when we have accepted our identity as made in the image of God.
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  • Redeemer Church Mauritius
    Sunday 9:30 AM
1. Humankind is the pinnacle of creation

After God created Adam and Eve, he looked at his creation and called it very good.
2. What does it mean to be created in God’s image?

- Like a child of a father

Genesis 5:1–3 (NIV)
This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.

- Like an idol in a temple

Acts 17:24 (NIV)
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.
3. Glimpses of God in Genesis

- God is rational
- God is relational
- God is a ruler
4. What are the implications of being made in his image?

- It affects the way we treat others.
- It affects the way we think about ourselves.
I am created in the image of God and it is very good.