Cultivate Lesson 17 THE TRUTH ABOUT BEING HUMAN SESSION 2      

Review from last week
1.  What does it mean to be human?  humans think for themselves and can rationalize right from wrong

2. Isn't there more?  Yes, humans also posess a spirit 

3.  Seed thought: 

It's only when our identity is rooted in what God made us to be that we will truly understand what the good life is all about.

 

Students write down the blue questions and the red answers.

Title:  What has God made humans to do?

We talked last time about how our understanding of what “human” means is so important. Our society is quite confused about what it means to be human, but as Christians, we can go back to the beginning of the story for some answers. In Genesis 1:26-27 God created man and woman and declares them to be made in His image and likeness. The phrase “image” was used in ancient times to describe when kings erected statues of themselves throughout their kingdoms. The statues served as a reminder of who was in charge.

1. What seperates us from a monkey?  monkeys have no spirit to redeem or connect to God

Remember, it is that we have a Spirit, Soul, and Body that separates humanity from the animal kingdom. Even though a monkey or ape has two hands, two feet, and can stand upright, it can never reflect the image of God because apes have no spirit. They may be in some ways relational in that they have a mind will and emotions but there is no spirit to redeem or connect to God.

2. What does the image of God look like?

As humans bearing the image of God, we stand as reminders of who is in charge. God, our Almighty heavenly Father is in charge. When we look in the mirror, when we look at each other, we are looking at a miniature representation of the likeness of God.

An unborn child more reflects God’s image because we receive our Spirit, Soul, and Body at conception. This is how God can know us, loves us, and place a calling on our lives even before we are born.

3. What has God made humans to do? .

This brings us to our next topic of discussion.   Part of reflecting the image of God is that like God, we are compelled to create, cultivate, and bring order or have dominion.

 

Lets break into groups and begin discussion

What are some ways humans create? Another word for create could be invent or develop.

What are some professions that focus on invention, development, and innovation?

What are some examples of technology that have come from our human compulsion to create or innovate?

Name some ways in which humans cultivate or care for things or other humans?

What professions focus on these concepts?

On either a large and small scale, in what ways do all humans exhibit the desire to rule, have dominion, or bring order? Think about something as simple as a household and the structure of a family. Some one is usually in charge. This is not to say that a father, mother or guardian is power hunger, but there is this urge to bring order and leadership to the rest of the family. Can you give some other examples of how we display the urge to bring leadership, order, or have dominion over something, someone, or a group? When is this healthy and good? When is it manipulation and abuse?

Consider how God chooses to accomplish His will on earth through humans. God even sent part of Himself to become a man so that He could fulfill the plan to redeem humanity through human being. Why do you think God chooses to work through us?

4.  Why do you think God chooses to work through us?  it gives us purpose to fulfill His plan.

While everyone has the general mandate to create, cultivate, and rule or bring order, how do we discover our specific individual callings from God? How do we discover our part to fulfill for God on this earth?

Look at the life of Jesus Christ from his recorded infancy, to childhood, to adulthood. How did He discover his purpose/ destiny from God the father on His life?

MEDIA SEGMENT     Pastor Paul Pt 3 Classic 11min video

If we are going to be someone God can depend on and fulfill the plans He has for us, then we must live a life of no excuses. Let’s watch a short clip of Pastor Paul’s sermon and go back into discussion.

When Pastor Paul talks about making “no excuses” he is talking about taking ownership of your life.

He is not saying that it’s a person’s fault if they had come from an abusive family or relationship. Pastor Paul is not denying the reality that many traumatic experiences are not our fault and that they do play a part in certain hardships that we have to deal with.  What Pastor Paul is exhorting us to do is to not allow traumatic experiences whether they are our fault of the fault of others to dictate our destinies.

5.  Seed thought:  God designed us to mimic His work at the beginning of time.  We are created creators. 

God created and formed the entire cosmos and saks us to create (fill) and form (subdue) the earth.  As image-bearers, our identity is to fill and to form

6.  How do we take ownership of our lives?  

No matter what we encounter in life, we must learn to take ownership of our lives. This calls for us to get back up whether we fall due to sin or we get pushed down due to the sins of others.

 

Why do we need to know about ?

1.  To let others know what is our perspective.

2.  Helps to guide others toward heaven

3.  then we begin to make the right decisions and form the appropriate responses to questions that effect everyday life. Because, in the end, the truth does set us free.  It is our decisions and actions that reveal what we really believe.

 

Big Question: What do you see in your design that reflects God's image: Ruling, creating, caring

 

Small Group Discussion

QUESTIONS CONCERNING

What are some examples of hardships that people can encounter that are not their fault?

How might you rise up and still take ownership of your life even in the face of difficult hardships?

What are some examples of hardships that people can encounter that are their fault?

How might someone rise up from hardships due to poor decisions and get back on track to the destiny God has for them?