The Oak Hill School of Theology in July 2018 focused on the image of God.
We began by considering the question, ‘Who am I?’ This is fundamentally a theological and pastoral question. It’s one that resonates widely with issues of identity in contemporary culture. Yet without a robust understanding of the biblical teaching on the image of God, we often find ourselves scrambling in the messiness of ministry. Our aim was to make everything we do in ministry – evangelism, preaching, counselling, discipleship – rooted in our doctrine of the imago dei.
Find the audio and video for all the School of Theology plenaries and breakout sessions below:
Eric Ortlund: The Origin of the Image: Genesis 1-2
What does it mean to be created in the image of God? The opening chapters of Genesis hold the key to a biblical view of human identity. In its original context, the imago dei is not an abstract concept but a royal figure. Humans as images are designed to represent, to relate and to reflect. The implications of this for human dignity, dominion, and destiny are immense, especially in a modern secular context.
Brad Bitner: From Glory to Glory: A Biblical Theology of the Image of God
The identity given to humans at creation unfolds within the narrative of redemptive history. Images designed for glory are warped and broken by sin. Images divinely commissioned are re-scripted. Images stripped naked are re-clothed. Only in Jesus Christ, the true Image, are human images re-created to represent, relate and reflect according to design.
Graham Beynon: Ministry Among Images
In this final session, we consider how the story of the image of God provides an orientation to ministry in understanding ourselves and those to whom we minister; the ministry values that flow from that story which guide how we act towards people; and the ministry direction the image of God gives us, which enriches and fills out our understanding of discipleship.
Dan Strange: Images of Sentimentality
There is a sticky sentimentality which pervades our contemporary society. It’s harmful to us as God’s image bearers, individually and corporately, because it detaches us from reality. In this session we will explore how Christians and churches can connect and confront sentimentality with the truth of the gospel.
Mel Lacy: Images and Youth Culture
How can our youth ministry be shaped by a robust understanding of the doctrine of the imago dei? How do we affirm the God-given dignity of all of young people while maintaining a doctrine of sin? In this session we consider how to disciple young people in light of biblical teaching on the image of God.
David Baldwin: Images Crossing Cultures
In our multi-cultural society, the discontinuities between us surprise, arrest and shock us. In this session we discuss how corporate sin distorts our relations and breaks our connections and how the re-creating gospel of Jesus – the ultimate Image – is our only hope for cross-cultural mission.
Interviews with School attendees
Follow the link above to see interviewees with people who attended the School of Theology in 2018 to hear how they responded to its teaching.