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A Revolution of Humanity
Scripture: Romans 5:6-8; : Matthew 6:25-26; Matthew...
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The people of Israel worshiped one God, who was loving and caring. Other ancient cultures had multiple gods and a hierarchical way of ordering life. Only the king was divine. Peasants and slaves were created by inferior gods. This is the Dignity Gap. Jesus was heir to an explosive notion: Every human being is made in the image of God. Every person has great worth.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Revolution of Humanity

Man had struggled, from the beginning of time, to understand how precious he was in God’s perspective. How God views us is totally different than how we see each other. Cain and Able marks the beginning of the change, the change happened when no longer man saw life as the most important quality of himself. God created a life, Adam and that life in itself is a miracle beyond all imagination. We were created not as a blob of flesh or gook, but in the image of God.

I truly believe that the world has lost that awe in what life really is and how precious it is to God. Our world today sees life as something of less value. Death is something normal that all of us have to deal with and the loss of some other life outside our personal sphere is something to be noted at times but in most cases, no one gives it a thought.

Today, life is expendable. To others, life comes and goes. The life of one human is not as important or precious as the lives of others. Some men are looked upon as vital to this world while others are nothing but an entity that is either necessary or desired. Very few get all worked up when thousands of people die from starvation due to war or disease in a land on the other side of the world. I our world that is very evil, there are those who find no value in many human beings because they are of the wrong sex, wrong color or from the wrong religion.

But these destructive ideas about life are not new, in fact we see this problem run throughout all of history. A man’s life in his own eyes is not as precious as the value places on each individual.

Romans 5:6-8 (NIV) You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

What statement does this passage of scripture make on the idea of value in human life? From God’s perspective? From man’s perspective? Think about this a minute, what is the world’s attitude about life? Give me some examples? What are the negative attitudes? What are the positive attitudes? Concerning the positive attitudes, where do you think those came from?

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As you watched this video, what were some of the facts about Jesus and his teachings concerning:

• Being a human being? What does that mean in God’s eyes?

Matthew 6:25-26 (NIV) Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV) Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 12:11-12 (NIV) He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!

• The worth of the individual
• The view of children
• The view of being a woman. From God’s perspective, how valuable are women and what role do they play?

In the video John spoke about the dignity gap (establishing human dignity and worth was based on manmade standards.) What hierarchies of human dignity and worth would you say are at work in our times and culture? What rules or standards do we tend to use to confer greater or lesser value on people?

Do we do this in the church? Are there people out there that have priority to being saved while others have to wait because they have less worth or greater sin? In your own life, what makes someone a king or a peasant?

Complete the sentence: Treating someone with dignity means…

Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest. (Luke 9:48 NLT)

Have you ever experienced something like this — knowing you were included but somehow still not welcomed? How did it impact you? What does that say about your dignity in their eyes?

Among those considered the least of these in Jesus’ day were children, women, prisoners, foreigners (non-Jews), and those who were sick or in need (Matthew 25:35 – 40). Today, who would you consider to be the least of these? How much time in your 24 hour day do you on average spend ministering to those who are the least of these? What about MPCC? Are we focused on ministering to those who are the least?

10 Stats to consider:

1. The poor in developing countries are disproportionately impacted by illegal detentions and overloaded legal systems.
2. At least one out of every three women in the world has been raped, beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise violently abused in her lifetime.
3. In the United States, 20.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty
4. Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls.
5. In the United States, 1.7 million children have a parent serving time in jail.
6. Seventy percent of the population in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is undernourished.
7. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today — more than any other time in history.
8. 16 million children under age eighteen have lost one or both parents to AIDS.
9. In the United States, 49.9 million people (16.3 percent of the population) do not have medical insurance.
10. Even though women in rural areas produce between 60 and 80 percent of food in developing countries, they own less than 2 percent of the land.

What are we doing for those who are the least of these?