01: Two Classes of Worshipers – Teaching plan
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Key Thought:True worshippers in Genesis centered their devotional activities on what God had provided to deliver them from sin.

1.  Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:8-13.

A.  Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.  Why were Adam and Eve evasive in their answers to God?  What do their responses indicate about their relationship with God?

C.  Personal Application:  Have you ever felt guilty or shameful enough that you didn’t even feel like praying? What is the challenge in this kind of situation?

D. Case Study:  One of your relatives states, “If God is continually seeking us out, why do people try to hide from Him so much?  And why do people try to believe He is not aware of who we are or what we have done?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Genesis 4:1-7.

A.  Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.  Cain and Abel both built altars, both worshipped God, both brought sacrifices, both knew God personally. Why was Abel’s sacrifice accepted and Cain’s rejected?

C.  Personal Application:  How much of your prayer life and worship is focused on your own wants and needs – your daily activities on self?  How can we put God first in our lives, activities, prayer, and worship?

D. Case Study:  One of your friends states, “It doesn’t matter what church or denomination we belong to.  We all worship the same God. Our worship just may be in a different way, style, or day. It doesn’t matter. God accepts us all.”” How would you respond to your friend?

3.  Have a volunteer read Genesis 6:1-8.

A.  Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.  Who are the sons of God and the daughters of men?  What process is taking place here that brings about almost the whole destruction of the earth and mankind?
(Note: Adam was a son of God. Gen. 3:31. I John says we are the sons of God.  The daughters of men were Cain’s children. Believers were intermarrying with unbelievers.)

C.   Personal Application:  Are there people and situations in your life that could be challenging to your keeping a strong and good relationship with God?  Share.

D.  Case Study:  One of your neighbors states, “We can’t isolate ourselves from society. A Christian has to live in the age and culture they’re born and raised in. You have to compromise the ideal Biblical model with the reality of the world we live in. No one can be completely tuned in with God without being completely tuned out of regular society.”  How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Genesis 12:1-8.

A.  Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.  Why would God want Abram to leave his father’s house?  Does God want us to give up our earthly security to pursue heavenly rewards, or can we have both? Share.

C. Personal Application:  Have doing God’s will and following God’s call led you to leave familiar people and places behind, or to uproot your family and move? Are you ready to go where God calls you?

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.

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01: Two Classes of Worshipers – Teaching plan — 10 Comments

  1. if one of your friends states, “It doesn’t matter what church or denomination we belong to. We all worship the same God. Our worship just may be in a different way, style, or day. It doesn’t matter. God accepts us all....what other verse or references can you make from the bible on God being particular about true worship?

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    • This are the same questions we do face but my advice is to use the example of Cain and Abel,both gave offering to worship God,but only one was accepted,the same to those who say they are worshiping the same God not bearing in mind that its the only worship that they have been advised that is acceptable.When God says do this He does not give an option but do what He says and you will be accepted in His vineyard.
      Thanks

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  2. One of your neighbors states, “We can’t isolate ourselves from society. A Christian has to live in the age and culture they’re born and raised in. You have to compromise the ideal Biblical model with the reality of the world we live in. No one can be completely tuned in with God without being completely tuned out of regular society.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

    How do we prevent ourselves, as SDAs from taking this to an extreme and becoming isolationists?

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    • The story of Daniel and his three friends as captive in Babylon is a good starting point from which to look at this question. They live in a society that was different from their own, but did not conform to the practices of that society just to fit in. They kept the precepts of God and followed his dictates;i do not believe that they became outcasts. We must remember also that we do not belong here, we have our real world that we are preparing for, if we try to fit in here we will not fit in there.

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    • I would begin by pointing out that in our own power we cannot manage the balance of being "in" this world, but not "of" it. When we seek God first in all things, the power of the Holy Spirit becomes an indwelling barometer for what is acceptable and that which we must step away from.

      For instance, we can associate with those 'of' the world, but it must be in a manner and in an environment where God is always welcome. For instance, we all have family members who are not living according to Bible doctrine, which doesn't have as much to do w/ being Adventist, as having a love-relationship with Jesus Christ that precludes us from certain activities and behaviors. So, in order to maintain a healthy family relation when we decide to fellowship, instead of going to a relative's home where you know that some things are likely to take place that we should not expose ourselves and children to...invite them to your home instead (host the birthday party or BBQ) so that whatever goes on is not outside of God's will (i.e., no alcohol/drugs, acceptable TV/movies/music, foods that are in line w/ our beliefs). With discussion and planning beforehand, something can be found that is to everyone's liking so that everyone enjoys themselves. This can be a means of witnessing to others, for the life we live speaks louder than any words we could ever speak.

      Another way is to be certain that when we are out w/ co-workers for lunch or friends for dinner, we quietly and with grace stand firm upon our beliefs, while not condemining others for their actions. I have friends who know that I do not indulge and though I never say anything to them, they are careful about ordering alcohol with dinner and find that we all have just as good, or an even better time, without it.

      Lastly, we must refrain from placing ourselves in an environment or atmosphere where our angels will not follow and our standards cannot easily be upheld. So no matter the occasion, I graciously decline invitations to clubs, bars, etc., and if an event is held on the Sabbath then I try to set up a time when I can bring a gift or visit some other time. Interestingly enough, many times I have found that close family/friends will plan an event for Sunday so that we won't have to miss it, not at our request but, I am sure, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit even though they may not recognize it as such.

      God will help us to live according to His will for our lives as Bible-believing, Jesus-loving, faithful Christians if that is our prayerful desire. Through the help and power of the Holy Spirit, we can be IN the world, but not OF it.

      We can live in the world and in so doing be examples for a right life, hidden in Christ Jesus. Prayer and daily study will help us to discern what will, and what will not, bring glory to God's name.

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  3. Today's lesson comments on Jacob and Esau:

    "Esau’s bold, adventuresome spirit appealed to his quiet, retiring father. Jacob, on the other hand, appeared to have a more spiritual nature. But he also had some serious character flaws."

    These comments are not fair to the writers of the account of this Gospel story. I have never heard the truth preached or taught on the story of Jacob.

    This is the true story...

    Before Jacob and Esau were born, an angel FROM GOD came and told Rebekah what God required of her and her husband. Genesis 25:22-23.

    Rebekah was inspired by a zealous desire to do the will of God. Her husband was not.
    They loved both there children, and they knew the sanctity of the birth-rite.
    They learned early on that their first born was not fit to receive such a holy rite. They new the angel's words were coming true. Genesis 26:34-35.

    I think Jacob was going to ignore God's warning and give it to Esau anyway, but Rebekah, like Zipporah in Exodus 4:25 years later, acted in a way, out of her role as a submissive wife, to save her husbands life.

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    • Dear Skinner,

      When you write the "true story," you appear to be adding things not in the biblical text. In Genesis 25, an angel foretells what kind of men the babies will grow up to be. Nothing in Verses 22 and 23 "requires" anything of Jacob and Rebekah.

      Isaac, in intending the first-born blessing for Esau was doing the "right" thing, according to custom and birth order.

      Rebekah made the mistake of trying to fulfill the promise of God herself - similar to the mistake that Abraham had made by having sexual relations with his wife's slave, Hagar.

      What you surmise -- that it was obvious that Esau was not "fit" to receive the birthright -- may be true, but the Bible doesn't say so. Neither does it say that Isaac went contrary to the will of God by intending to give the customary first-born blessings. (Perhaps Isaac expected that the blessing would work a transformation in the heart of the son he loved.)

      It is probably best to stick with what the Bible says, and it is clear that Rebekah tried to make God's promises come true by using deceit -- thus being wrong on two counts.

      Thanks for your comment. In replying to you, I began to realize that Rebekah and Jacob, while wanting God's promise to come true, both demonstrated the spirit of Cain in trying to do things their way, instead of trusting God to fulfill His promise.

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  4. 1st you can start by sayng God is always serious when He gives an instruction,He never jokes & He doesn't compromise His principles.Otherwise if He did Moses was going 2 enter into Canaan,the Isralites were never going to wander in the wildernes for 40 years,even the story of Uzzah somewhere in Chronicles can be quoted,only 2 mention a few but there are a lot of stories in the Bible 2 prove the seriousnes of God when He tell us what to

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