We believe that God created man in his image on sixth day of creation (Genesis 1:26-28). Adam was created directly and immediately by God out of the dust of the ground, and God breathed life into him (Genesis 2:6). Eve was created directly and immediately by God from a rib taken from Adam’s side (Genesis 2:21-23). These accounts deny any form of evolution taking place. We believe that man is the pinnacle of God’s creation (Matthew 10:30-31). Man alone is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). This means that people by very nature reflect his likeness. God’s image is seen in man’s intellect (Genesis 2:15, 19-20), morality (Genesis 2:17; Colossians 3:10), ability to relate to God (Genesis 3:8) and rule over creation (Genesis 1:26-28). It is not the material part of man that reflects the likeness of God, but rather the immaterial part of man.   We do not believe that man completely lost God’s image in the fall (Genesis 9:6; James 3:9), but that his image has been distorted. God’s image is, in part, restored in regeneration when man’s spirit is made alive in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-7). This is continued through transformation by God’s Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10), and completed when he is ushered into the presence of Christ (1 John 3:2).  There is the material part of man (Body) and the immaterial part of man (spirit and soul). We believe that God made man and woman sinless but with the capacity to do good or to do evil (Genesis 2:16-17). God created mankind for the purpose of bringing Him glory (Colossians 1:16) We believe that Satan (“that old serpent” Revelation 12:9) tempted Eve through deceit (Genesis 3:1-5; 2 Corinthians 11:3), casting doubt on God’s Word and God’s goodness. Eve ate the fruit because she was deceived, however, Adam ate knowingly (1 Timothy 2:14). As a result of Adam’s sin, all men are sinners by nature from conception (Romans 3:10; 3:23; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5); and death has passed to all mankind (Romans 5:12). We believe the result of the fall was immediate and far reaching. There was spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1; Romans 6:23), shame (Genesis 3:7), and rebellion (Genesis 3:8). The serpent was cursed (Genesis 3:14-15), the woman was cursed (Genesis 3:16), the man was cursed (Genesis 3:17-19), and the creation was cursed (Romans 8: 20-22). All mankind is under the curse (Romans 5:12). However, when a man places his faith in Christ he is freed from the curse spiritually (Galatians 3:10-13) and will be freed from the curse physically (Romans 8:23).

Jon Beazley

Passionate about Jesus, husband to my gorgeous wife Bethany, father, and pastor, who enjoys power lifting, the great out doors, and a good cup of coffee!

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