01: Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Creation is God’s unique act that gives Him sovereignty and priority in our lives and sets Him apart from all others..gless01

[Teaching plan for Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth December 31, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Psalm 19:1-3.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How do we see God’s creative power in the heavens and earth?
C. Personal Application: What interests you most about the creative features of the heavens and earth? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “Doesn’t modern science disprove the idea of creation? Isn’t there evidence of change and evolution that occurs over a long period of time?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:1.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is the idea of creation more logical than the idea of coincidence in the natural order of life as we know it?
C. Personal Application: Do you think the Big Bang theory is just a description of the way that God brought the world into existence? Share your thoughts.
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, “If a person doesn’t believe in Creation, does that mean they automatically don’t believe there is a God? Can a person believe in God and not believe in the Creation story?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read John 1:1-3, 14.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does knowing Jesus is your Creator influence your understanding of His purposes for your relationships with others? Share your thoughts.
C. Personal Application: How does the Creation influence your relationship to the environment: plants and animals? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “I like the New Testament Jesus better than the Old Testament God of Creation. One is legalistic and vengeful, the other is compassionate and full of grace.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read John 2:7-11.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is it dangerous to make your faith dependent on miracles or the extraordinary?
C. Personal Application: Have you ever experienced acts of God that worked outside the laws of nature as we know them? Share.
D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)

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