If people look at our lives and see only self-absorption, they get the light-sucking side of a mirror, and we fail to be what God fully created us to be, for we fail to cast the grandeur and magnificence of God back into the world. We are made by God to image him in the world. 5:16). No! info@ccc-online.org | 1432 W. Puente Avenue, West Covina, CA 91790 | 626-960-4444. He doesn’t. Because of Christ’s command to “…walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…” (Col. 1:10), it is essential that “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). That does not mean He personally leaves, but it does mean His attributes can no longer be seen. Our judicial sense, the whole legal system, a sense of right and wrong and justice and injustice. In Charles Spurgeon’s most famous quote, he said, “God loves us too much to hurt us, and He is … He has authored 80 books and booklets, personally established over 50 congregations, and appeared as a guest on The History Channel. But this still remains rather abstract and can be made more concrete. “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.” Those words may have become stale or even cliché for some, but they represent the beauty and scandal of our confession. From here there’s one more puzzle piece to bring into the discussion. From the very birth of the church, God designed it to be a place where His Word is proclaimed and explained (cf. The Bible instructs believers to examine themselves, but does it tell us to what extent or how often we should question our salvation? In his foreword to Sam Crabtree’s book Practicing Affirmation, Piper writes: “The point of being created in the image of God is that human beings are destined to display God. Question: "What does the Bible say about the pre-existence of souls?" Later, in 1 Cor. And from now on you do know him and have seen him.” To help you search and find thes… One of the most often asked questions from people new to our church is, “Why does your church exist?” And this is really a very good question. Because we know suffering does exist, it causes people to look for answers. He didn’t acquire joy by looking for it. Just to do whatever He wanted to do? For this end we exist eternally. Are we here to equip the saints? The early church understood what it meant to participate together in fellowship so that God was honored. To show God! Why do we minister to both healthy and hurting families?” We found the answer succinctly spelled out in “The Westminster Shorter Catechism” when it asks, “What is the chief end of man?” The response is, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” The highest purpose we as individuals can have is to be so totally absorbed in the person of God that we view all of life through eyes filled with His wonder and glory. He wanted desperately to remain in God's will, so he turned to God often for help. //Why does the God of the Bible exist only in a book?// Thank you for the A2A. We have always done that, and we always will do that. Putting all these pieces together we can see one precious implication for why God created us. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. I don't believe it to be a requirement, but I'll admit it is an expectation. So the ‘Why do we exist?’ question is the biggest question we can ever ask ourselves. 10:31, he reiterated this same point when he said, “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Paul also prayed for those in Ephesus, who were of like precious faith, that they might experience “…glory in the church” (Eph. But when they disobeyed him, they sinned, and eventually they died. Many have attempted to answer this question in the past. Scripture clearly speaks of both eternal life with God in heaven and eternal separation from God in hell. But to find this one point, there’s not one place to go, not simply one book chapter on image bearing. We’re no longer bound by the civil codes of Leviticus because God doesn’t have a nation-state on earth anymore. The original translation pages - the autograph - of the Vulgate is not extant (that is: we don't know if it exists or if it does not). We are being changed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15; 3:10; Romans 8:29). When speaking with the Lord in Exodus 33, he said, “…let me know Thy ways, that I may know Thee” (13). We are committed to promoting the glory of God and the blessed joy of knowing Christ in our community and the world. This is why Christ Community Church exists. Because we want to manifest our priority to live Him, we seek to cultivate every experience so that the will of Christ is expressed. That is what God is doing by his Spirit. 5:13-16) and His ambassadors (2 Cor. We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. To be made in God’s image means, at a foundational level, we were created to show the world how precious and deeply satisfying God is. When we display unconditional love, accept others, show kindness even when wronged, we are being obedient to God and that gives Him glory. Putting all these pieces together we can see one precious implication for why God created us. Wayne Grudem , in his epic work titled Systematic Theology narrows it down to three main purposes, which we … One of the reasons we see different versions of the Bible is because of the number of manuscripts available. God’s purpose in creation, therefore, was to fill the earth with his own glory. God didn’t create you as an end in yourself. Purpose: Why Do I Exist? Acts 2:42-47). According to the Bible, death is not the end of life but the separation of the soul from the body. Therefore, in order to make it our passion to know Him, we at Christ Community Church seek to create an environment where the Word of Christ is explored. Matthew 22:36-40, Genesis 1:27-28, Matthew 28:18-20, Philippians 2:12-13, Ephesians 2:10. 16:29). Only then can we truly give Him glory (Cf. You and I need to have a life-changing relationship with the living God, through the redemptive work of Christ, that impacts every area of our life. He is a promise-keeper. When we have a big decision to make, we should always look to God first. Founder and Pastor General of The Restored Church of God, Editor-in-Chief of The Real Truth magazine, and voice of The World to Come program, David C. Pack has reached many millions around the globe with the most powerful truths of the Bible—unknown to almost all. To be made in God’s image means, at a foundational level, we were created to show the world how precious and deeply satisfying God is. And its more lyrical expression in terms of our ‘chief end’ in life elevates it far above mundane functionality into the mysteries of humanity as it reflects the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Welcome to Man in the Mirror’s Men’s Bible Study, where we always have room for one more guy! It means that she or he, like 99.99% of the rest of the world at the time, made no impact on the archaeological record.” How he explains our role as image-bearers is consistent, but it’s also scattered throughout John Piper’s articles, paragraphs in books, statements, interviews, and forewords. Please read the scripture quotes below to explore what the Bible says about why we were created, why God created man, why we are here, why God created us, and why we exist. However: there are very many copies of the Vulgate in existence. He came to do the will of God. For Moses, knowing God was more than just being aware of His existence, more than having information about who He is, even more than having some kind of religious experience– and so it must be for us. Because we are living in a fallen world, and all are born with sin into sin, God had His Word recorded, so we may learn who He is, what He is like, and what He expects of us as His children. Am I failing at life? When repentance and forgiveness is not preached, proclaimed, studied, and taught, we forget our mission and why we exist as a church. “Glory in the church” is the very presence of God so actively at work among His people that they live to honor and praise His holy name. Answer: Is there such a thing as ghosts? Rom. I’m going to avoid the whole controversy and say something much simpler, and I think just as profound: Images are created to image. In the fall, Satan persuaded me that my image is more beautiful than God’s image, and so I flip the mirror over. Back in APJ episode #153, Piper again picked up the point about statues, asking, “What would it mean if you created seven billion statues of yourself and put them all over the world? Trinity Bible Church exists to promote the preeminence of Jesus Christ in the lives of people, through knowing, living, and speaking the truth in love, for the glory of God and the joy of all in Him. 1, 2 Timothy, Titus). Early in His ministry, the Lord Jesus exhorted those in His kingdom to “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. The praise of God’s glory will one day fill the globe, through us, and nothing will give us greater joy. The Bible answers many difficult questions, the type of questions that when not satisfactorily answered can lead a person to atheism. (41). The church that glorifies God makes it their passion to know Him, manifests its priority to live Him, and maximizes its purpose to share Him. The Apostle Paul articulated it well when he said to the Church at Corinth, we are to “…glorify God in your (our) body” (1 Cor. And not only does the edification of the saints include Bible study, but it also consists of encouraging one … To really know God is to have who He is rub off in such a way He influences what we do, where we go and even who we are. Death is the result of sin. Now the black back side is towards God. Many Bible Versions from Many Manuscripts . 6:19), this must be a priority. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return (Psalm 78:39). It doesn’t reflect anything. Images are created to set forth the reality. Joshua 7:19). God’s aim, therefore, was that man would so act that he would mirror forth God, who has ultimate dominion. Next, in his seminal book Desiring God, Piper goes on to explain: “According to the text [Genesis 1:26–27], creation exists for man. 5:20), we have been chosen to “… proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). 3:21). Tony Reinke is senior writer for Desiring God and author of. But since God made man like himself, man’s dominion over the world and his filling the world is a display — an imaging forth — of God. 3:10). For those sincerely seeking patterns of evidence, I believe they will follow those patterns to the God of the Bible. God never expected us to check our brains at the door as we consider the claims of Scripture. 1:14). To be succinct - we exist … Peter also tells us it’s imperative to “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). He’s the end, you’re the means. In Ps. Real joy requires relationship - love. Christians who ignore the exposition and application of God’s Word will be “…destroyed for lack of knowledge,” warns Hosea (4:6). 1:6, 12, Eph. If God’s people are bored with God, they are really bad images. Does Christ Community Church exist to present the gospel to those in the San Gabriel Valley? The MAIN reason Christ left us on earth after saving our souls is so we would be His witnesses. Clearly people who weren't married had sex with one another, so we know at a minimum that people shared affections with others they weren't married to. Scripture makes it clear that we have one life on earth before we receive an eternal judgment and verdict, based on whether we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord. But awareness and congnition can exist without joy. Instead, the mirror casts a shadow in the shape of itself on the ground. 16:8 and 9, King David said making the Lord his passion gave him great gladness and joy. Socrates was wise, it is said, not because he knew the right answers, but because he knew how to ask the right questions. For one, we don't know that dating didn't exist in the bible. He exposed himself to the glory of God, and joy was the natural byproduct. “that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:6 tells us: The church exists so . And the reason that’s such good news is because the best way to show that God is infinitely valuable is to be supremely happy in him. Why did God create man? It is why we turn to the Bible for answers to problems that we face. You put up a statue of Stalin, you want people to look at Stalin and think about Stalin. Getting to the BIG why question - we exist for joy - but that joy cannot be realized independently. Let’s go ahead and greet a couple of groups that we have not talked about before. (Romans 5:12) But that is not God’s purpose for humans. We are a nondenominational Bible based site that exists to freely share the good news from God to the entire world so you can KNOW the Truth about life and eternity. You put up a statue of George Washington to be reminded of the founding fathers. God’s purpose for us will be fully realized, and our entire existence will be directed to the praise of His glory forever (Eph. Answer: The Bible says nothing about the pre-existence of souls because this is a man-made idea with no basis in truth. Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”. The imago dei remains present even in fallen humanity, but in a marred and broken capacity. For us to live out this purpos… Is our main purpose to feed the hungry, help the needy, bring hope to those living in despair? In other words, don’t be as concerned about ruling in eternity as you should be about revealing Me to humanity. Moses was a man driven by a passion to know the living God. Whether it was the “breaking of bread” (celebration), “praying” (intercession), the “selling of their property, possessions, and sharing” (participation) or “with gladness and sincerity worshipping together” (adoration), they cultivated every experience to express the will of Christ (cf. That is why it is imperative we continually acknowledge our sin and turn from it. First and fundamentally, to image God means in our most human selves, we are spreaders. There are over 5,800 Greek New Testament manuscripts known to date, along with over 10,000 Hebrew Old Testament manuscripts and over 19,000 copies in Syriac, Coptic, Latin, and Aramaic languages. And they all help to inform why we stand for the dignity of all human life, including the unborn, the disabled, the terminally sick, and the elderly. For this end we turn back into the tasks and opportunities of our lives now. Death - What does the Bible say about it? He is infinitely excited about his own glory. and all people do is try everything but. To really know God is to have who He is rub off in such a way He influences what we do, where we go and even who we are. Redemption recovers some of the lost luster and amplifies the spread. As the early church was”…continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching…” (Acts 2:42a), so must we create an environment where the Word of Christ is explored. The answer to this question depends on what precisely is meant by the term “ghosts.” If the term means “spirit beings,” the answer is a qualified “yes.” If the term means “spirits of people who have died,” the answer is “no.” “Historically,” John Piper said in one Ask Pastor John episode, “people have said to be made in God’s image is our morality, our sense of right and wrong. And in salvation two things happen. And we have been preferring ourselves over God ever since. “Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the Word that by it, you may grow…,” says Peter in his first epistle (2:2). The Apostle Paul had that same passion when he cried, “That I may know Him…” (Phil. We exist to make disciples. And because we want to maximize our purpose to share Him, we seek to capture each encounter so the way to Christ is explained. And the point of being redeemed by Jesus, and renewed after the image of our Creator, is to recover this destiny” (7). But what I find especially interesting is how Pastor John focuses on one meaning that often gets missed, perhaps for its simplicity. Image bearers are glory spreaders. This is made clear, for example, in Numbers 14:21, where the Lord says, ‘All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD,’ and in Isaiah 43:7, where the Lord refers to His people as those ‘whom I created for my glory’” (314). Man is given the exalted status of image-bearer, not so he would become arrogant and autonomous (as he tried to do in the Fall), but so he would reflect the glory of his Maker, whose image he bears. Christians have been telling non-Christians the secret to knowing God for over two millennium. There Piper says: Books by the hundreds have been written on the imago dei, as it’s called. 4:21). 6:20). He created little images so that they would talk and act and feel in a way that reveals the way God is. 8:29-30). © 2021 Christ Community Church. It would mean you would want people to notice you.”. Why does the church exist? 96:3). 14 If Adam and Eve had obeyed God, they would still be alive today. We live in a way, we think in a way, we feel in a way, we speak in a way that calls attention to the brightness of the glory of God. Scroll down to listen to a beautiful song on why we were made and why we are here – … That’s our purpose. The way we live demonstrates God’s glory to the world around us. Jesus speaks: "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." We at Christ Community Church looked beyond the obvious and asked ourselves, “Why do we preach? We’re on a mission to change that. And why do I exist in the first place? That’s why the prophet Jeremiah recorded, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me…” (9:23, 24). The presence of God is to be manifested in His body, the church. Why do we die? The question then remains, why did Jesus live? When there is “glory” in the church, people will hunger and thirst for righteousness, their hearts will be aflame with a need to serve God and their community will be affected by their constant desire to share Christ. The church does not exist even so that we might learn the Bible or evangelize our neighbors. The mirror gets turned around and we see the glory of God again and the defilement gets wiped off gradually and we begin to reflect God. As believers in the Body of Christ, we must constantly say ‘no’ to sin so that we can say ‘yes’ to the greater purpose God has for us. But what exactly does this mean for my life? Right? Good morning, men! For this end we were created. Know that God does everything He does because it is right and because it is good. That is why we give such a prominent place to Bible study at the church where I pastor. Because Scripture tells us “You were bought with a price…” (1 Cor. So if God made us, unlike all the other animals, in his image, whatever it means in detail, this it means clearly: God is the reality and we are the image. In each case it sounds slightly different, but it remains the same. So people would look at the way you behave, look at the way you think, the way you feel, and say, “God must be great, God must be real.” That is why you exist. The first book actually called "the Bible" is the Latin Vulgate. Why did Jesus come down from heaven to earth? We are spreaders of God’s glory. All of us are born as sinners, and that is why we die. Look at David. I’ll attempt to gather and superglue together the image-bearing picture. 19:1), how much more should we who were created for His glory (Is. God is not unhappy about himself. Why do you ever set up an image of anything? When God is disobeyed, His glory departs (1 Sam. We've looked at the world for so long that we no longer challenge its reality. In fact, they are important reasons, but none of them is the reason. To image it! These questions are huge, we all ask them, and thankfully the Bible helps us with answers in the form of a litmus test. Fulfilled Bible prophecy also demonstrates God’s faithfulness. Why We Exist. "Why do we exist" is a reflective question that has been pondered for millennia. I was created like a mirror. No one comes to the Father except through me. When that happens, we will be glorified (cf. 4) Also, does the bible really exist like the first bible ever made. Of course, we may wisely look at some of the principles in Israel’s civil laws as we think of our own societal politics (principles about public health, caring for the poor, etc. 43:7) and “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name…” (1 Chr. It is far more than attempting to share the gospel with as many people as we can. Romans 6:23 directly states, "For the wages of … The question then is simple – why does the church exist? 43:7). For us to live out this purpose of our redeemed life, for our lives to shine with the glory of God, our self-centered sin must be overcome. God redeems us … That is why when the disciples asked Christ if He was going to restore the kingdom to Israel now that He had been resurrected, Christ responded, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:7, 8). If people look at our lives and see only self-absorption, they get the light-sucking side of a mirror, and we fail to be what God fully created us to be, for we fail to cast the grandeur and magnificence of God back into the world. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. In fact, it was Jesus who said, “I have glorified Thee on earth; I have finished the work Thou gavest me to do” (John 17:4). Our aesthetic sense — you don’t find too many monkeys creating Mona Lisas. What was the motivation behind His life? “The lack of evidence does not mean a person at the time didn’t exist. And a mirror that was supposed to be at 45-degrees with the clear reflective side pointing upward so that as God shone on it at the 45-degree angle, it would bounce off and it would make a 90-degree turn and be reflected out into the world. And I think, frankly, all of those are true and aspects of what it means to be in God’s image” (episode 153). The Bible makes it clear that every human being is a unique creation of … Then he transitions from marble to mirrors, to explain how we reflect God: Here’s the picture in my mind. ), but the specific rules were all fulfilled in Jesus. It turns out, what it means to be made in God’s image comes with a lot of right answers. We will be changed into the likeness of our glorious Savior (1 John 3:2). If God is to be glorified in our lives and in the church, knowing Him must become our life’s pursuit. It was the one time that he didn't turn to God that he made the biggest, worst decision of his life. We know God will act in accordance to His nature and will. . We reflect God. 7:23), “…and you are not your own” (1 Cor. If “The heavens are telling the glory of God” (Ps. —Titus 1: 16. Piper illuminates his point with a metaphor of marble in a few paragraphs published in the book A Holy Ambition (2011). Such a simple sentence can put you on a long search in the attempt to wrap your arms around the full implications. The bottom line is, image bearing has a lot of right definitions because we are unique and complex creatures made by an infinite and gloriously multifaceted God. Some make an entirely unsubstantiated claim we exist because of random occurrences and that there is no purpose to life. Why is religion so often an influence for bad rather than for good? God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Sin is like a terrible disease that we have inherited from our first parents. Piece-by-piece, we are beginning to tell the world, through our lives and our words and our affections, that God alone is awesome. It’s when the people of God recognize they were created for His glory (Is. He cannot sin because He is holy. For more verses on the Bible and its stance on reincarnation, check out this article here. From that time, they sought to capture each encounter to explain the way to Christ. So I think being created in the image of God means that we image God. We are made in the likeness of God to exhibit his presence on earth. . That’s what images do. - John 6:38. Question: "What does the Bible say about ghosts / hauntings?" For example: If God is loving and all-powerful, why is there suffering and evil in the world? . All rights reserved. Unedited Transcript. He is also wise and powerful. Our spirituality, our ability to relate to God. If you have known me, you will know my Father too. Why does the Bible exist? Our struggle to know Him, live Him, and share Him will continue until we go home to be with Him. If Happiness is there, then congnition must be present and existence as well. The Psalmist declared, “Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples” (Ps. Images are made to image. These are all good reasons. Our life as one family is meant to bring the transforming power of Jesus Christ into our community, region, and world. This Truth comes from Knowing GOD and having a relationship with Jesus Christ as it says in John 14:6-7 Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. 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