god’s gift of life! believing the creation story: all life is god’s doing
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Gods Gift of Life! Believing the creation story: All life is Gods doing Slide 2 Gods Gift of Life! 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. Slide 3 Gods Gift of Life! So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. Slide 4 Gods Gift of Life! 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. Slide 5 Gods Gift of Life! 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. Slide 6 Gods Gift of Life! 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. Slide 7 Gods Gift of Life! 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. (Genesis 1:26-31 ESV) Slide 8 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: What does it mean to be made in the image of God? The Bible clearly states that male and female are both created in Gods image; what does that suggest should be true about the way that men and women relate to each other? What is the connection between our creation in Gods image, and Gods charge to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over the earth? Slide 9 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: What is the connection between our creation in Gods image, and Gods charge to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over the earth? Slide 10 Gods Gift of Life! then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Genesis 2:7 ESV.) Slide 11 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: If you view life as Gods gift, in what sense can your life be yours? Slide 12 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: Jesus said, For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. (Luke 9:23-24 ESV) How does this change our sense of ownership of our own lives? Slide 13 Gods Gift of Life! How serious is God about the value of human life? But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. Slide 14 Gods Gift of Life! How serious is God about the value of human life? From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. (Genesis 9:4-6 ESV.) Slide 15 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: What does being made in the image of God have to do with the value of life? Slide 16 Gods Gift of Life! Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death. Whoever takes an animals life shall make it good, life for life. If anyone injures his neighbor, as he has done it shall be done to him, fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a person shall be given to him. Slide 17 Gods Gift of Life! Whoever kills an animal shall make it good, and whoever kills a person shall be put to death. You shall have the same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 24:17-22 ESV) Slide 18 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: What makes life so valuable to God? Why is life so precious to us? How would you explain our Christian perspective on the value of life and why every human beings life is to be protected? Slide 19 Gods Gift of Life! How does God expect us to value children? Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of ones youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! (Psalm 127:2-5) Slide 20 Gods Gift of Life! And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me. (Mark 9:36-37 ESV) Slide 21 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: If God sees children as a reward to us, an inheritance for us, how does that fit or conflict with the way we see parenthood? How do you view parenthood? Slide 22 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: What current cultural, social and economic realities devalue life? How can we engage the culture around us in the conversation of lifes value? Slide 23 Gods Gift of Life! Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. Slide 24 Gods Gift of Life! But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:11-12 ESV) Slide 25 Gods Gift of Life! For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. Slide 26 Gods Gift of Life! So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:10-13 ESV) Slide 27 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: Why do people so often describe Christians as judgmental? Why does James warn against judging each other? What does it mean to say the mercy triumphs over judgment? How does that happen? How can James teaching help us address the loss of respect and value for human life when we speak out? Slide 28 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: How can James teaching help us address the loss of respect and value for human life when we speak out? Slide 29 Gods Gift of Life! So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12 ESV) Slide 30 Gods Gift of Life! Discussion: How does this apply to our efforts to speak up for life? How many ways do we demonstrate a failure to value life, especially the life of someone else? How can we be consistent in treating all human life as holy and precious in Gods sight? Slide 31 Gods Gift of Life! Response: What will God empower you to do in this battle with the world that devalues human life and dehumanizes people? How will you serve God in the battle for life?