Image of God

This week, we consider the significance of being made in God’s image and how that influences the way we see our worth as human beings. This week’s video and readings focus on the biblical theme of the image of God. We’ll consider the portrayal of humans in the Bible as both weak and vulnerable but also capable and called to rule the world on God’s behalf. From time to time, we are reminded of life’s frailty, but the story of Jesus offers a bold hope. He put himself forward as the truly human one, the ultimate image of God, whose self-giving love opened up a new future for humanity and all creation.


Leaders listen to this short message from Grant Hickman on the Image of God. You can listen to this on your own or with a group. As you lead your Home Community or family feel free to listen to the message and contextualize it for your needs.


Leaders, here is the video on The Image of God. Share this with your group ahead of time or watch it together and then answer these questions.

  1. What did you notice in this video that resonated with what is going on in your life right now?
  2. What did God teach you about who he is?
  3. Is there anything that you want to share with other people?


This is to be shared with the group throughout the week so that we might all study Scripture together.


Genesis 1:26-30

God appoints humans as his representatives to rule the world on his behalf. The image of God consists of male and female together ruling in unity over all of creation. This is a bold vision of human identity and responsibility.

Question 1:

Who is created in God’s image? What does that mean for how you view yourself and others? What does that mean for how you live?

Question 2:

What do you think it says about God that he invites humans to rule with him?


Psalm 8

In Psalm 8, the poet is reflecting on humanity’s identity and calling to rule creation with God. He ponders how weak and “low” humans are compared to the stars and the heavenly beings, yet God is pleased to partner and share his glory with them.

Question 1:

Read verses 4-5 again and reflect on what stands out to you the most.

Question 2:

In this poem, humans are both weak and tiny, but also glorious and capable. Do you see yourself this way? What would change if you did?


Colossians 1:13-20 Colossians 3:8-13

In these passages, Paul identifies Jesus as “the image of the invisible God,” who is the real king of creation that humbled himself to die on our behalf (1:13-20). Paul also writes that Jesus’ followers are being “ the image of the creator” (3:8-13), which results in compassion, kindness, humility, and other godly qualities.

Question 1:

What do you resonate with most when you read these passages?

Question 2:

Both of these passages emphasize God’s desire to bring unity through Jesus. Take a moment to reflect on what it might look like to actively participate in bringing unity in your life or community.

Care & Support

As humans none of us are always emotionally healthy; we all suffer from the brokenness caused by the introduction of sin into our world. We recognize that issues surrounding mental health affect everyone in our communities and within our homes, and impact our ability to understand God’s plan for us. We are here to support you and those in your circles with care, support, counseling, and resources.