References to: humanity

Humans in the Image of God

God created the first humans in the image of God, in the likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-30). What does the “image of God” mean? In what way are we humans different than animals, and in what way are we like God? How has sin affected the image? Is this image relevant to Christian growth, sanctification and the ministry of the church?

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Michael Morrison
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Cherith Fee Nordling: Being Human in Christ

Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling discusses the unconditional love of God for each of us. 2.5 minutes.


 

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Cherith Fee Nordling: What Jesus' Humanity Means for Us

Cherith Fee Nordling

Cherith Fee Nordling: What Jesus' Humanity Means for Us

Jesus is truly human, and that shows us what it means for us to be truly human.

(30.6 minutes)
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Cherith Fee Nordling

Cherith Fee Nordling earned her PhD from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She has written Knowing and Naming the Triune God: Elizabeth Johnson and Karl Barth in Conversation and she is one of the authors of Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. She is now Associate Professor of Theology at Northern Seminary. For all four interviews in one PDF file, click here.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Why is it so critical for a believer to think through the implications of who Jesus really is?

2. The humanity of Jesus was emphasized in the interview. Why does this actually matter?

3. What does Dr. Nordling’s term, “whole person” mean to you?

4. Can you think of some ways that you have tried to “negate” your own true humanity?

5. In what ways can we serve to “personalize” rather than “objectify” other people?

6. How do you understand God’s incarnation as “healing” the human condition? 

7. What was meant by Cherith’s statement, “We have been called to practice resurrection (life)”?

8. Cite specific examples of how we participate in God’s “new creation” in our daily lives.

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

JMF: You’re working on two books in the final stages of production. Could you tell us about the second one?

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Why Were You Born?

You were born for a purpose! God created each of us for a reason—and we are happiest when we are living in harmony with the purpose he has given us. You need to know what it is.

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Michael Morrison
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What Are Human Beings?

When we look at the heavens, when we consider the moon and stars, when we consider the enormity of the universe and the stupendous powers involved in each star, we might well wonder why God bothers with us at all. We are so small, so limited—like ants scurrying to and fro inside a terrarium. Why should we think that he even looks at this anthill called Earth, and why would he even care about each individual ant?

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Joseph Tkach
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Why Are Humans in the Image of God?

Are human beings an accident of random mutations in a world that has no purpose or meaning? Are love and goodness just psycho-biological delusions?

No. Human beings have incredible meaning and purpose because God set in motion the process by which all people have come to be. God has a plan and a purpose for every person. Indeed, the Bible says that all humans are made "in the image of God." He has something wonderful in mind for us.

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Cherith Fee Nordling: What Does It Mean to Be Human?

Cherith Fee Nordling

Cherith Fee Nordling: What Does It Mean to Be Human?

Dr. Nordling talks with Mike Feazell about the humanity of Jesus Christ, and what it means to be human.

(29.6 minutes)
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Biography:
Cherith Fee Nordling

Cherith Fee Nordling earned her PhD from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She has written Knowing and Naming the Triune God: Elizabeth Johnson and Karl Barth in Conversation and she is one of the authors of Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. She is now Associate Professor of Theology at Northern Seminary. For all four interviews in one PDF file, click here.

Learn More:

Perhaps you know of someone who might like to watch this program. If so, go to the bottom of the page and click on "Email this page." Fill out the short form, and share the good news! There's also a way to share the page on Facebook, Twitter, and other websites.

If you'd like to support this ministry, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about Trinitarian theology, check out Grace Communion Seminary. It's accredited, affordable, and 100 percent online.

Click here for the second interview with Dr. Nordling. She talks with Mike Feazell about the nature of the resurrected body and the significance of Jesus becoming fully human.

JMF: Our guest today is Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling, [now Associate Professor of Theology at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Lombard, Illinois]. An ordained minister, preacher and popular lecturer, Dr. Nordling is author of numerous articles including, “Being Saved as a New Creation,” “Karl Barth and the Pietists,” and “Becoming Who We Are: Incarnation, Identity and Vocation.” Her first book [is Knowing God by Name: A Conversation between Elizabeth A. Johnson and Karl Barth, published by Peter Lang in 2010].

Thanks for joining us today.

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