Created to be an Image Bearer: Day 1

Week 1 - Created to be an Image Bearer

     Day 1: CREATED BY GOD

Picture an elderly Sunday school teacher walking around a small room with eight to ten children. With glue caked to their fingertips and glitter in their hair, the gray-haired lady smiles at each of the young children. Before dismissing them for the day she says, “You’ve heard me say many things today. But the one thing I want you to never forget is that GOD – MADE – YOU.” As she says this, she points to one of the children, ensuring they make eye contact and take in the wonder of what she just said. Then she points to the next child, and the next one, and the next. On and on until she has reassured each child that God, who made all the stars, the earth, the forests and the animals, also made each of them.

As the parents thank her for spending every Sunday morning teaching their little ones, she takes the opportunity to share the same message. With the same level of awe and wonder, she smiles at each parent and says, “Don’t ever forget. GOD – MADE – YOU.” But the majority of the parents don’t seem to absorb the significance of what she says in the way their children did. They smile politely and nod, and then quickly take their children by the hand and leave. As you read today, consider this: Why do you think we as adults aren’t completely captivated and awed by the power of this statement, “GOD – MADE – YOU”? 

READING: Genesis 1:26-27

Why do you think we as adults aren’t completely captivated and awed by the power of this statement “GOD – MADE – YOU”?

How would your daily life be different if you woke up each morning  reminding yourself that you were created by God?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Genesis 1-2

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, today I thank You for the wonderful reminder that I was created by You. With all of the busyness in my life, it’s easy to get caught up in what I need to do. Because I focus so much on what I need to do, I sometimes give in to the temptation to be defined by my work. But You don’t define me by what I do, but by what You have done. May I rejoice in that truth today! I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Story of You Devotional & Reading Guide: An Introduction

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A daily Devotional & Scripture Reading will be made available each weekday over the next 8 Weeks for SRC’s new message series, The Story of You. Printed copies of the Devotional will be available at each location (Fairmont / Bridgeport). However, if you would like to receive an automatic email every weekday morning throughout the series, feel free to follow the blog (enter your email address on the right side of this page to follow).

A Brief Introduction to the Devotional:

Let me share a confession: I’m not as much of a reader as I sometimes make myself out to be. While I read the Scriptures regularly, I need to be pretty intentional with my time if I am to read on a regular basis. But every once in a while, I hit a season in which I can’t read enough. Fiction. Non-fiction. Memoirs. Anything. I’ll devour a book in a week and then move onto the next. 

This summer happened to be one of those seasons. I found myself reading through a series of books with the typical plot line: Good vs. Evil. There were good characters, and there were evil characters. Crazy, huh? But despite the typical storyline, I fell in love with the characters and consumed the entire series not once, but twice. 

At one point, one of the main characters needed to share with his friends and family everything he had been through. In other words, he needed to share his story. The problem was, he didn’t want to talk about it. He had some really challenging and painful experiences, many of which were a result of his own poor decision-making. But in order for the others to fully understand and offer him the help he needed, he had to share his story. 

As he told his story, the author Andrew Peterson writes, “…telling the story hurt and helped all at once. Already he could see ways the story had changed him and would go on changing him.”

The quote has tremendous truth. We all have a story. We all have made decisions that have led to challenging and painful experiences. We all need to know our story. We can all benefit from sharing that same story. 

This 8-Week message series has been designed with two things in mind:

First, what is it that God says about who we are? What story has He written to us, for us, and within us? 

Second, What does it look like for us to live out that story? 

Those who are connected to a Community Group will have the opportunity to process through and share your story with others in your Group. My encouragement to you is to take advantage of an additional booklet we have available titled Knowing and Sharing Your Story. Walking through this process will take time, but like the character in the quote I referenced above, you will likely discover how much your story has changed you and will go on changing you. 

For those not connected to a Community Group, my encouragement to you would be to focus on this Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide. And if you’d like, you may also take advantage of the additional booklet we have available at SRC titled Knowing and Sharing Your Story, then take intentional opportunities to share your story with others. 

~Pastor Justin

Summer in the Psalms: August 31

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  • Read the Psalm.
  • Pay close attention to the verse or verses noted.
  • Look for words such as for, because, surely, that. (Note: Not every reading will have one of these terms, but many of them will.)
  • Answer the question: Who is God? 
  • Example: Psalm 92 (see vv. 9-10, 15)
  • Who is God? — God is my refuge and my rock. There is no wickedness in Him! 

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 149 (see v. 4)

Who is God?

 

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Summer in the Psalms: August 30

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  • Read the Psalm.
  • Pay close attention to the verse or verses noted.
  • Look for words such as for, because, surely, that. (Note: Not every reading will have one of these terms, but many of them will.)
  • Answer the question: Who is God? 
  • Example: Psalm 92 (see vv. 9-10, 15)
  • Who is God? — God is my refuge and my rock. There is no wickedness in Him! 

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 148 (see vv. 5-6)

Who is God?

 

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Summer in the Psalms: August 29

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  • Read the Psalm.
  • Pay close attention to the verse or verses noted.
  • Look for words such as for, because, surely, that. (Note: Not every reading will have one of these terms, but many of them will.)
  • Answer the question: Who is God? 
  • Example: Psalm 92 (see vv. 9-10, 15)
  • Who is God? — God is my refuge and my rock. There is no wickedness in Him! 

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 147 (see vv. 12-14)

Who is God?

 

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Summer in the Psalms: August 28

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  • Read the Psalm.
  • Pay close attention to the verse or verses noted.
  • Look for words such as for, because, surely, that. (Note: Not every reading will have one of these terms, but many of them will.)
  • Answer the question: Who is God? 
  • Example: Psalm 92 (see vv. 9-10, 15)
  • Who is God? — God is my refuge and my rock. There is no wickedness in Him! 

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 143 (see v. 8)

Who is God?

 

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Summer in the Psalms: August 27

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  • Read the Psalm.
  • Pay close attention to the verse or verses noted.
  • Look for words such as for, because, surely, that. (Note: Not every reading will have one of these terms, but many of them will.)
  • Answer the question: Who is God? 
  • Example: Psalm 92 (see vv. 9-10, 15)
  • Who is God? — God is my refuge and my rock. There is no wickedness in Him! 

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 142 (see v. 7)

Who is God?

 

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Summer in the Psalms: August 26

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  • Read the Psalm.
  • Pay close attention to the verse or verses noted.
  • Look for words such as for, because, surely, that. (Note: Not every reading will have one of these terms, but many of them will.)
  • Answer the question: Who is God? 
  • Example: Psalm 92 (see vv. 9-10, 15)
  • Who is God? — God is my refuge and my rock. There is no wickedness in Him! 

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 140 (see v. 12)

Who is God?

 

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Summer in the Psalms: August 25

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  • Read the Psalm.
  • Pay close attention to the verse or verses noted.
  • Look for words such as for, because, surely, that. (Note: Not every reading will have one of these terms, but many of them will.)
  • Answer the question: Who is God? 
  • Example: Psalm 92 (see vv. 9-10, 15)
  • Who is God? — God is my refuge and my rock. There is no wickedness in Him! 

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 139 (see v. 4)

Who is God?

 

Click here if you would like to read additional information for this Summer Reading Devotional.