From Pastor Jeya’s sermon on Sunday, January 28th
Scripture passage: Genesis 1:1-2:2
The difference between information and formation is story.
For example, it’s one thing to hear facts and data about the refugee crisis, but it’s another to learn the heartbreaking stories of children and their families who are forced to flee violence.
Stories move us into action. More parts of our brains are engaged when we hear stories — they bond us to other people and help us to engage/empathize with them (oxytocin).
Here are the questions we will be asking each week, and which can be helpful in your own personal Bible reading:
- How is God at work?
- What is God saying?
- How does God act?
- What have I learned about God?
- What have I learned about myself?
- In light of these questions, what is my response to God?
Zulu greeting: “I see you” — response: “I’m here”
- Consider children learning about object permanence
- When something disappears from their view, it no longer exists — “I can’t see it, so it’s not real”
- God sees you
Life-changing theological truth: Imago dei
Each of us is made in the image of God, imprinted with His dignity, worth, value, and creativity
“You are very good”
God touches, creates, and forms us with His own hands — God still wants to create in us.
Reflection question: What does being loved and knowing that you are God’s good creation allow you to do? Courage to try? Courage to love? Courage to do?