What We Believe: Anthropology
February 8, 2015 Series: What We Believe
Scripture: Ephesians 2:1–2:10
"We believe that all men are by nature and choice, sinful and lost,
and have within themselves no possible means of salvation."
Bethel Bible Church Constitution - Article III - Statement of Faith - Section 5
I. Mankind is created. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Hebrews 11:3; 1 Corinthians 15:42-49)
The material: physical bodies are the abode of men's souls
II. Mankind is created in God's image. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7, 15-25)
The immaterial: intellect, emotion, will, a living soul, an eternal soul. John Piper quote.
III. Mankind disobeyed God and sinned. (Genesis 3; Colossians 3:5-10)
IV. Mankind bears the consequences of sin.
Death - physical & spiritual (Ephesians 2:1-3)
Depravity of sinful flesh (Romans 1:18; 3:10-20)
How do you answer these questions formulates your worldview!
> Where did I come from? (Origin...was it chance or design?)
> How do I separate good from evil? (Morality...God tells us in His Word)
> Why am I here? (Purpose/Meaning...Am I here for me or for the living God?)
> What is going to happen to me when I die? (Destiny...where will I spend forever?)
Is your worldview centered on yourself or on God?