People are naturally compelled to ask questions of identity: Who am I? What am I worth? Why am I here? The answers culture offers only lead to more questions. To properly answer all these questions, we need to look all the way back to the beginning—to our creation—and see that all people are made in the image of God.
Having a well-rounded view of the imago Dei will help us better understand ourselves, God, and the restoring work of salvation that comes to us through Jesus Christ. We can understand what God intended the imago Dei to be, how sin corrupted it, and how Jesus restores it through the power of the cross and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Published by The Gospel Coalition in partnership with LifeWay, Imago Dei is a new group study by Mike Cosper that examines the image of God biblically within the grand narrative of Scripture, relationally as it applies to ourselves and others, and missionally in our service to others and in our obedience to the Great Commission.
The Imago Dei Leader Kit includes a Bible study book and two DVDs with 14- to 18-minute video sessions. The videos include teaching sessions featuring various contributors, including Tim Keller, D. A. Carson, Nancy Guthrie, and many more (see below). The kit also includes codes for access to digital video downloads and additional resources available through Wordsearch Bible.
The Imago Dei Bible Study Book includes a small-group experience for six sessions, personal study between group sessions, applicable Scripture, “How to Use This Study,” tips for leading a group, and a leader guide. It’s also available as an eBook.
- Gain a clearer understanding of what it means to be made in the image of God.
- Learn how to see yourself and others in light of their status as image bearers.
- Recognize your power and dignity as an image bearer.
- See the biblical story of redemption through the eyes of an image bearer.
- Hear leading voices in the Christian community explore the meaning and implications of the imago Dei.
- Respond to God’s call to be on mission, serving people who are different from you.
- Realize that Jesus is the exact imprint of God’s nature.
- Recognize the inherent worth of the people God has placed in your life.
- Find practical, redemptive ways to engage with image bearers in your community and the world.
- Discover how the image of God can be renewed through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Rosaria Butterfield
- D. A. Carson
- H. B. Charles Jr.
- Kevin DeYoung
- Ligon Duncan
- Karen Ellis
- Gloria Furman
- Nancy Guthrie
- Tim Keller
- Jen Pollock Michel
- Albert Mohler
- Russell Moore
- Miguel Nunez
- Jackie Hill Perry
- Juan Sanchez
- Sam Storms
- Shar Walker
- Afshin Ziafat
- And more!