November 26, 2017

On Humanity (Anthropology)

The Marred Image of God

Most of us who made it through high school, and certainly those who went to college or university, would have taken a course or two on anthropology…the study of human beings and, more specifically, our origins and the development through history of our cultural and biological characteristics. It answers the question, How did we get to be how we are?

We might think that the Bible is a theology book first and foremost. But the Bible was written to human beings by God. The Bible bridges the gap between humanity and God, and thus it says as much about anthropology as it does about theology. In fact, there is no greater volume of study on humanity than the Bible.

As we continue along in our Here I Stand series, we have established the authority of God’s Word and laid out what we believe about the Trinity: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We now turn our attention to message #5 as we do a study in biblical anthropology and ask ourselves the question, What does God say about us?

The first four messages in our series are available on audio and video. And be sure to check out the series resource page as well.

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Sermon Notes

Here I Stand: 7 Must-Believes for Christians
On Humanity (Anthropology)
Pastor Todd Dugard
Various Scriptures
November 25–26, 2017

What I believe...
Human beings bear the marred image of God

Why I believe it...
Humans are...
• Created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27; 2:7; 2:18–24)
• Given dominion over creation (Genesis 1:26; 2:15; 2:19)
• Marred by sin (Genesis 2:17; 2:25; 3:1–7)
• Offered restoration (Genesis 3:8–24)

How I’m living because of it...
• Putting off the old self (Colossians 3:5–9)
• Putting on the new self (Colossians 3:1–4; 3:10–17)