Sermon Recap: IN HIS IMAGE based on Genesis 1:26-27, 2:4-7, and Psalm 139:13-16

Low self-esteem and self-worth is the greatest crisis facing humanity today. Satan’s goal is the steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), including our view of ourselves. Suicide is at an all-time high. More and more teenagers fall into self-destructive behaviors as a result of a poor self-image. There is an increased lack of hope and an ever-growing hatred of self. Yet, Jesus came and faced the cross because of his great love for us, his friends (John 15:13). He didn’t die or lay down his life for a lost cause; rather he died for humanity because of how valuable we are to him!

It is time to recapture the truth about who we are.

1) Made in the image of God (Gen 1:26). The word image is best translated as reflection or representation. When God created humanity, God made humanity in his image, using himself as the model for what a human should look like! We are not haphazardly made but with purpose and design. When we are the image of God, we are a mirror, reflecting God back to those around us. Instead of criticizing ourselves in the mirror and pointing out all our flaws, we should turn the mirror around and allow Christ to be reflected in everything we say and do.

2) Created in the likeness of God (Gen 1:26). To be one’s likeness is to resemble the nature, characteristics, and heart of another. Before the fall of humanity due to sin, humanity was created in God’s likeness–holy, right, and pure. But we still can reclaim who we are! We can be set apart, unstained by sin and the pitfalls of the world. We can be filled with compassion, grace, and love, just like God himself! We can develop a heart to seek and save the lost. It already exists in us; we just need to remember who we are!

3) Fashioned by God (Gen 2:7). When God made humanity, he took his time, crafting a human being from the dust of the ground. God is the potter; we are the clay (Isa 64:8). We are somebody; we are not an accident. We are not the product of evolution or a chance atmospheric event that started a chain reaction to bring all life into existence. We are not evolved from a random goo or just an intelligent ape. But we were fashioned and shaped by God, given a purpose for our existence!

4) We have the breath of God in us (Gen 2:7). A human being did not come to life until God breathed his life into humanity. The same breath of God that inspired the Bible (2 Tim 3:16), which brought dry bones to life (Ezek 37), and who raised Christ from the dead (Rom 8:11) dwells in each of us! We are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19). We carry the breath of God and have the ability to declare and speak life into the darkness. And God enabled humanity to carry his breath because he wants us to partner in giving and sharing life!

5) Fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:13-14). We are not an accident; God has been present with us while we were still in our mother’s womb. We are God’s masterpiece (Eph 2:10) and the apple of his eye (Ps 17:8). God has not abandoned or forgotten humanity. Rather, God is our biggest supporter, believer, and encourager, rooting for us. Even when we make a mistake and are mired in sin, we are still so valuable in God’s eyes that we are worth dying for to redeem!

How do we live then in the truth of who we are? How do we live as one made in the image of God? Know you are under the watchful eye and care of God (Ps 139:15-16). Embrace who you were created to be and live into the image of God! Submit yourself to God’s plan (Ps 139:16). God’s master plan for our lives has already been written–to live eternally if we are found in him! God’s plan for all his creation is to embrace salvation. It is our choice to come under the teaching and authority of God. Take our rightful place (Gen 1:26-27). We were created to rule, not in the sense of domination, but to be a caretaker and work for the benefit of others. Embody a living being (Gen 2:7). Separate from all sin, death, and rebellion, and live by putting Christ at the forefront and center of our lives! Don’t settle for a substitute, for you are worth the best. Jesus died for his most precious possession–humanity!

Questions for Reflection

1) Do you struggle with how you view yourself?

2) Is how we live a good reflection of God in us? If not, what changes can we make?

3) In which area can you reflect the likeness of God more–nature, character, or heart? What adjustments can you make beginning this week?

4) You have God’s very breath in you. How can that truth impact how you speak to others, especially to those who don’t believe in God?

5) God has a great plan for us. Do you submit yourself to God’s leading? If not, what is your greatest hesitation? Can it be surrendered?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will start the study on the Foundations of the Holy Spirit series with the sermon titled, “Why Do We Need the Holy Spirit?” based on John 14:25-27, 15:26-27, and 16:5-16. How does the Holy Spirit assist our spiritual growth? How should the Holy Spirit impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for April 16 – 22

April 16: Nehemiah 9:6-19 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 17: Nehemiah 9:20-37 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 18: Job 1:6-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 19: Job 2:1-6 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 20: Job 5:6-16 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 21: Job 5:17-21 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 22: Job 19:25-27 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Thursday, April 18–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, April 21–All Church Birthday Dinner

Monday, April 22–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 27–Men’s Fellowship Chicken BBQ

Sunday, April 28–Gideon Sunday

Saturday, May 11–Mother/Daughter Banquet

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of March is Psalm 139:13-14:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL  meet this Sunday, April 21.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. More details will follow!

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

For those who are interested in baptism, there will be a new member and baptism class during the Sunday School hour beginning Sunday, April 7. We will meet in the fellowship hall. Please plan to attend! If you cannot make a session, please let Pastor Ryan know for makeup.

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

Benefit Concert

Jack & Davis Reid, the grandsons of the Statler Brothers, will be leading a concert of gospel & Statler-styled music on Friday, April 19, at 7 pm @ Mount Pleasant COB as a benefit for their church building fund. Tickets are $10 each and are limited. If you would like to purchase tickets, please call 540-830-3625 or 540-810-7573.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Dan Rhodes (recovery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–April 16, 2024