Denise Day Spencer

December 4, 2006

Children’s sermon: Humanity–made in God’s image

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 3:38 am

Based on one of the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 5:1

OBJECT: a small mirror

I’ve got a question for you today, a sort of riddle. I’m going to name four things God created, and I want you to tell me which one is most different from all the others, O.K.? Here they are: a cow, a lion, a hippopotamus…and you. Which one is most different from all the others? Yes, you. Why? That’s right, because you aren’t an animal. You are human.

What does it really mean to be human? It means many things, but I want us to look at one special thing today. To be human is to be made in the image of God. Genesis 5:1 says “…When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.” But what is “in the likeness of God?”

I brought a mirror with me today. When I look into the mirror, I see my likeness, my image. It’s a reflection of me. To say that we are made in the image of God is to say that we reflect God. How? In lots of ways.

For one thing, God made the world, then put human beings in charge of taking care of it. We have a special responsibility for our world that the animals don’t have.

Second, we have the freedom to make many choices for ourselves. God gave people more intelligence and freedom of choice than He gave to any of the animals.

Another way we are like God is in our emotions. We have feelings. We can love. We can hate. We can feel sorry for something we have done. We can be excited about something that’s not going to happen until next week.

Humans also have a sense of right and wrong, and a God-given conscience that bothers us when we do something that hurts someone else.

The most special way we are made in God’s image is that we have spirits. Even after our bodies die, our spirits will live on. Because we are spiritual beings God can have relationships with us, and we can respond to Him.

Sometimes it may be fun to pretend we are animals, or to ask, “If I could be any kind of animal, what would I be?” But always be glad you are human, made in the very image of God.

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1 Comment »

  1. Awesome Teaching!

    Comment by Khalilah — January 14, 2007 @ 1:07 am | Reply


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