Theology of Work - Lesson 3

The Image of God

Gerry Breshears
Theology of Work
Lesson 3
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The Image of God

Lesson 3 - The Image of God


1.    The meaning of ‘image’ – making something visible or present

Genesis 1:26-27

Daniel 3


2.    Jesus as the image of God

Colossians 1:15

John 1:18


3.    Humans as the image of image of God

Genesis 2:7

Genesis 1:26-28


4.    The image of God after the fall

Genesis 9:3-6


5.    Teleological aspect:  The image is designed to grow


2 Corinthians 3:18


6.    A definition of image of God: The amazing ability and awesome responsibility to make visible the invisible characteristics of our Creator and Redeemer.


7.    Implications of the image of God

a.    Protecting life

b.    Attitudes in work


8.    Review: Dimensions of the image of God

a.    Personal: self-awareness, moral decision-making

b.    Functional: working for and with God

c.     Relational: connecting to humans and God

d.    Teleological: growth and development


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We are created in God's image and God invites us to be co-workers with him. By developing and using the spiritual gifts God has given us, the tasks we perform when we work have eternal significance in themselves. We also have opportunities to interact with our co-workers, promote justice and enjoy times of rest.

So what is God calling you to do? Is his calling only for pastors and “professional ministers” or is it something that applies to all of his people? Dr. Gerry Breshears, professor of systematic theology at Western Seminary, explores key questions such as who God is, what he has created people to be, how being the image of God affects the way we approach work, and what is the role of spiritual gifts in our job. This course will expand your vision of what work is all about, as you come to see yourself as God’s co-worker and representative.

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