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Why What You Do In This Life is So Important
 

Why What You Do In This Life is So Important

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Pastor Keith Smith teaches that what makes us unique among all creation is what we share with our Creator. Presented on January 21/22, 2012. ...

Pastor Keith Smith teaches that what makes us unique among all creation is what we share with our Creator. Presented on January 21/22, 2012.

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    • Why What You Do With MATTERSYour Life So Much
    • Plants, animals, human beings...all created from similar matter“the LORD God formed the man om the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” - Genesis 2:7
    • Plants, animals, human beings...all created from similar matter“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since om it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” - Genesis 3:19
    • Plants, animals, human beings... all created from similar matter“ en God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the sh of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” - Genesis 1:26-27
    • What makes human beings most unique?✗ Differences in DNA☐✗ At the top of the food chain☐✗ the largest brain capacity☐✗ superior power of reasoning☐✗ best use of tools to do work☐✔made in the “image” and “likeness” of God☐
    • What does it mean to be inthe “image” and the “likeness” of God?
    • Spirituality Creation “by him all things were created: ...visible and invisible” - Colossians 1:16 We have the capacity to know✔ the Invisible God
    • Spirituality We have the capacity to know✔ the Invisible God • “altars” “prayer” “call on the Lord” • Nicodemus – both natural and spiritual birth • Woman at the Well – both natural and spiritual water
    • Spirituality We have the capacity to know✔ the Invisible God“no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” - 1 Corinthians 12:3b
    • Morality“I AM IN AWE OF T WO THINGS , THE HEAVENSABOVE AND THE MOR AL L AW WITHIN .”- E MMANUEL K ANT
    • MoralityGod revealed in Creation“since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen...” - Romans 1:19-20a
    • MoralityGod revealed in conscience
    • “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are wri en on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.” - Romans 2:14-15
    • Morality We have the responsibility✔ to represent God
    • Creativity“ e LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. ” - Genesis 2:15✔ We have the ability to re-create Music / Art / Science / Technology / Making meals or buildings / Expressing ourselves / Revealing beauty
    • What did our rejection of God do to the image of God? ☐ Spirituality ☐ Morality ☐ Creativity
    • What did God do to restore His image in us?“Flesh gives birth to esh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” - John 3:6
    • What did God do to restore His image in us? “ erefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation...” - 2 Corinthians 5:17a
    • What did God do to restore His image in us?“ e man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come om the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” - 1 Corinthians 2:14
    • What do new creationsdo to restore God’s image?1. I rediscover my spiritual capacity for the Invisible God“Our Father in Heaven... your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven...”
    • What do new creationsdo to restore God’s image?2. I reveal how valuable each human being is to God. _______________ others as Christ did for you
    • What do new creationsdo to restore God’s image?3. I recreate on earth and in heaven “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him...” - 1 Corinthians 2:9