OIA for sermon on 01/22/12

OIA questions based on sermon given 01-22-12
The sermon this week focused on the concept of what it means to be made in the image of God. The scripture references come from Genesis 1:26-31. The following is a series of observation, interpretation, and application questions based on Genesis 1:26-31.

1. Who is the intended audience in this passage?
2. Are there any cultural or background issues that are important in understanding this passage?
3. When was this scripture written?
4. What key word(s)/phrase(s) really stand(s) out to you in this passage of scripture? Why are/is they/it important?
If you had to sum up all five of theses passages of scripture in one sentence, what would it be?

1. What do the terms image and likeness mean in verse 26? (NASB) (Note that there are multiple views on this question, so do some research)
2. What do the terms subdue and rule over mean in verse 28? (NASB)

1. Look around the room at your small group members. What you are looking at is the only thing out of all creation that was made in the image of God. Really think about this and discuss it with your group. What should this information cause one to change in their daily walk? In their relationships with other? Relationship with Christ?
2. In verse 28 God commands man to “subdue” and “rule over” the earth. It is mans responsibility to properly rule over and care for the earth. Are we observing this commandment in our own lives? What practical things can Christians do to be better stewards of the earth?
3. After reflecting on the fact that all of mankind is made in the image of God, spend time in prayer that we as individuals and as a church will show the love of God to His special creation. Also, pray that Emmaus would be a church of Love that continually shows the love of Christ to the community, nations, and world.

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