For an introduction to the series, read this.
Back from the break, I’m ready to dive back in to Cornerstone Community Church’s statement of faith, based on the Baptist Faith and Message.
Statement of Faith Article for the Week
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and his church and to provide the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby all born from Adam inherit an utterly sinful nature. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sanctity of human life is evident in the fact that God created man in His own image; therefore, every person of every race and age (from conception to death) possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Thoughts for Discussion with Children
Have you ever noticed how children often look like their parents? A son, for example, often looks a lot like his father. In addition to that, I have known many sons who grew up loving the same kinds of things their fathers loved, and therefore doing the same kinds of things their fathers do. A father who hunts will often have a son who hunts. A fathers who loves baseball will often have a son who loves baseball. A father who starts a business fixing cars often trains his son to fix cars and, eventually, take over the business. While it’s not always the case, we see it happen often that a son both looks and acts like his father, but is not the same as his father.
That is similar to God and man. God created man to be his image, which means we are like God in some ways. In this case, it doesn’t mean we look like God (since God does not have a body), but it does mean that, in creating us, God wanted to have sons who showed something of what he is like. We show what God is like by ruling over the world he made and by showing his loving character in all that we do.
But even though we were made to know God and to show what he is like in some ways, Adam and Eve really messed that up when they sinned against God in the beginning. Their sin resulted in them being sent out of God’s presence (the Garden of Eden). Down to this day, all people who are born into the world are born outside of God’s presence and under the power of sin. This is a terrible situation, but not one that God could not overcome. And that is what sets the stage for the gospel.
Suggested readings for the week: Genesis 1:26-28; 2:4-25; Psalm 8