Thursday, February 16, 2017

Images of God

Brian Tome

Genesis 1:26-28 (NLT)
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

27 So God created human beings in his own image.
    In the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them. 
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
Exodus 35:30-35 (NLT)
30 Then Moses told the people of Israel, “The Lord has specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 31 The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. 32 He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. 33 He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft. 34 And the Lord has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach their skills to others. 35 The Lord has given them special skills as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet thread on fine linen cloth, and weavers. They excel as craftsmen and as designers.
God created humans to do three things:
  • Rule/Dominion - Order out of chaos - Brings peace, justice, order, organization, processes, and systems - Teacher, Judge, Engineers, Scientists, Contractors, Project Managers
  • Increase/Growth - Abundance - Things just seem to flourish under your care - Entrepreneur, Sales/Marketing, Farmer, Banker
  • Create/Innovate - Create new things - Architect, Photographer, Artist, Performer, Inventor
All of these are aspects of his image.

Group Discussion

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Luigina:  "Helping others" is a Spiritual Gift.  Look it up!

1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31 (NLT)
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.
29 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! 31 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.<

But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

True Talent Indicator

Ephesians 4:11-13 (NLT)
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
The name is a dead giveaway. Innovators love nothing better than coming up with a new idea. New vision, new market, new product, new non-profit; whatever the opportunity, innovators love taking new ground. They have big ideas and aren’t easily discouraged by obstacles. They aren’t fatigued by reinvention or change; in fact, it is what gives them the most energy.

Typically, innovators will tend toward high-risk, high-flexibility type environments. Entrepreneurs are often (though not always) innovators, as are many creatives and early adopters. Immature innovators will often struggle with focus, lacking the discernment and discipline to focus on the handful of important ideas from the firehose of stuff constantly running through their head. Mature innovators, however, have learned the necessity of developing a team around them to help follow through on their great ideas.

Every expedition needs a navigator. Futurists have an uncanny ability to step back, see what’s likely to happen, and make a plan to address it. They often come up with solutions that are creative and unorthodox—sometimes even resulting in conflict when others can’t see what they see. Call it “gut instinct” or “intuition;” successful futurists often see both threats and opportunities earlier than others.

Futurists tend to be creative and multi-disciplinary, relying on their ability to solve problems and address upcoming issues. Immature futurists can easily become discontent or self critical if they don’t feel like their ideas are given adequate merit; this can cause them to become distant and isolated. However, a mature futurist understands the value of community, and has learned the humility it takes to trust a broader team rather than acting in isolation.

If they love it, you’re going to know about it. Promoters simply can’t help but tell others about the things that have impacted their life—from the newest gadget or movie to a life-changing epiphany about the world. They are often outgoing and highly relational, and display their love and care for others by sharing the things they like.

Promoters are natural networkers and relationship builders. Immature promoters can unknowingly leave people feeling abandoned due to their ability to very easily build new relationships because of excitement about “the next big thing.” Mature promoters, on the other hand, take care to ensure that people remain their highest priority, and that they communicate that love and care clearly.

Forget the guy with the whistle and the awkwardly short shorts, this kind of person leads, motivates, and encourages you to become more than what you currently are. They consistently see potential in the people around them, empathize easily with the suffering of others, and exhibit lots of patience with those in need.

Coaches typically gravitate toward direct interaction with others,and take it upon themselves to address the needs they see. Immature coaches will often struggle to challenge people to move forward for fear that the person will be angry with them. Mature coaches, on the other hand, have developed the skill of speaking truth in a loving way, and are willing to embrace the risk that comes with telling people what they actually need to hear.

The brains of the operation, trainers love to help others understand how things work. Trainers are driven to understand not just the system or the product, but the theory behind it. They’re constantly learning and acquiring new information, and are often sought after by others as they are happy to teach others what they’ve learned.

Trainers obviously are quite prevalent in educational fields, but also tend to make highly capable managers and leaders as well. Immature trainers may encounter relational difficulties, as their reliance on their intelligence can portray them as a “know-it-all.” Mature trainers understand that their value extends beyond what they know, and are unafraid to admit ignorance or weakness in an area.

Two things for teachers to do:
  1. Develop your mind - Reading plan
  2. Put yourself in situations to speak

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