In week three of the Truth Project, our Operations pastor, Pastor Clyde Stackhouse, brought a gospel-centered message.
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27
Through stories of his son Liam and the battle between seeing a child as simultaneously adorable and "evil," Pastor Clyde’s word revealed one of the greatest tensions within humanity: beauty versus brokenness.
But why does understanding humanity’s tension matter? Because our view of how humanity was formed and what its purpose is drives our everyday lives.
Pastor Clyde broke down the cause and future of humanity’s tension:
- The Good: The Image of God – There is innate value attached to life because humanity was created in the image of God. The freedom of choice he provided us was the catalyst of sin.
- The Bad: The Fall of Man – Sin didn’t enter the world through Satan; it came by the lack of submission to God. Sin separated humanity from God.
- The Beautiful Exchange – God saw that humanity was sufficient and sent his son to save us. However, when he was given freedom of choice, Jesus chose to walk a perfect path that leads to salvation.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
Pastor Clyde urged the congregation to ask themselves this: Do you really believe there is a heaven and hell?
Because if you do, then humanity’s tension should matter to you.
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