My Message Notes

Follow along and take notes with the latest message from Real Life Church

Sunday, FEbruary 5, 2023

Humpback whales and magnifying glasses help us talk about relationships, sex and marriage.

Genesis 1:26-31

Part 1: Marriage Microscope

A magnifier helps us see CLEARLY what we miss CASUALLY

The closer or more intimate a relationship gets the more clearly we see the other person. Your relationship with the dillons checker is extremely casual, they will never know who you really are. But your relationship with the people you live with and especially the person you're intimate with... they see you MUCH more clearly. 

Genesis 1:26-31 ESV

26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

27  So God created man in his own image,

 in the image of God he created him;

 male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

29 And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.

31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

What does it mean to be created in the IMAGE of God?

What is it about humanity that makes us image bearers of God?  

  • Some say it's that we walk upright - but God is spirit so He doesn't walk at all. 
  • Some say it's our eternal nature - we have an enter date but no expiration date. 
  • Some say it's found in our dominion over all the rest of God's creation
  • There are some who would try to tell you that MAN was created in God's image but women were created in man's image so males are God's image bearers and women are somehow lesser - and if you want to fight, bring that nonsense to me. 

One of the BIG things that SEPARATES us from God's image is our individual desire to be superior over others instead of a servant of others. 

Since God CREATED it God CONTROLS it

God's desire is that WE would rule LIKE GOD WOULD RULE.

but that didn't happen...

We didn't want to rule UNDER God, we wanted to rule OVER God

We want to rule by MY truth instead of THE Truth

Please don't stone me but...

Every other one of God's creatures cares only for itself or its kind, except HUMANITY.

YES - we are capable of terrible atrocities both toward one another and toward our planet, BUT we are also capable of doing more than any other creature to right those wrongs.

Humanity has a lot of problems and the closer you get to another human the greater the magnification is turned up. It's why marriage is so difficult, even when it was created to be delightful. It's why we often deal better with strangers than with our siblings or spouse - because we know them better and they know us better. 

So what do we do? We work together to be the image of God... we look more like Jesus

The picture of the book of Revelation is what can happen when God is on His throne with humanity ruling together in God's image, taking creation into new and uncharted areas of growth and development. 

Jesus is our example. Jesus ruled as God by serving and seeking the best for others. He offers us a new way to be human. It's why the later biblical writers would call Him the Image of God or the New Human.  

When we look more like Jesus, first to our FAMILY and then to our FRIENDS and ultimately to EVERYONE, we become the image of God to the world. 

NEXT WEEK: part 2 - Relationship Status: It's Complicated

Begins in February!

We want you to know that you matter to God and us.

If you think you might be ready to make Real Life YOUR church home then Pizza with the Pastor is your Next Step. It's a casual conversation designed for newcomers to Real Life and you can register right HERE right now. It happens on Sundays following the morning service and you can see the schedule by clicking the link above.