04: Creation : A Biblical Theme – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The Bible roots faith in the actual historical acts of God in earth’s history. To be in harmony with Scripture, we must accept the statements of Genesis 1-4..gless04

[Teaching Plan for Creation, A Biblical Theme January 28, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 19:4-6.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does Jesus’ answer and reference to Genesis show that God’s design for mankind was eternal, spiritual, and not to be taken lightly?
C. Personal Application: Was Jesus implying that God joined together all those who are married? Is divorce for the wrong reasons a form of adultery then? Why do you think there are so many divorces and so few marriages today? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “What does it mean to be one flesh? There are two people with differing goals, ideas, and personalities. How do they become one flesh?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Psalm 8:3-6.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How is man made a little lower than the angels? Is this in physical stature, abilities, spiritual life, or mental abilities?
C. Personal Application: Does God really care about each and every person who lives on earth? Does He really care about you? How should we respond to Him?
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Are these verses referring to human beings in general, or Jesus Christ in particular? If mankind in general, how did God crown man with glory and majesty?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 45:17-19.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. If God created the earth to be inhabited, why did He destroy all but eight people in a flood? It looks like He almost gave up and started completely over.
C. Personal Application: What reasons would anyone give to reject the idea of a design and order in nature? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “How can you believe some of the writings in the Bible? The Creation story, the flood, even the idea that people can live forever seems far reaching. It’s just not sensible or possible.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Acts 17:24-28.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Is Paul saying here that God has determined, or set up, the boundaries of different nations beforehand? How does that idea impact the understanding of national wars and disputes over resources and territories?
C. Personal Application: How did Paul reach out in his speech to the Athenians and strangers that were amassed at Mars Hill? Why was it unusual to build that religious bridge for any nation or people?
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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04: Creation : A Biblical Theme – Teaching Plan — 5 Comments

  1. God was a GOD of wonders. Almost everything that is in the planet so called the earth is unique and no one can ever change their design. Ohhh!!! what a gracious Father who makes and then sees to it that everything is at a comfort zone. How much can you spend now when taken to ICU? How many times have you been sick and then getting well after a short while and yet others go for ever? others perish while traveling even in a christian mission!! personally I do thank my Almighty Creator for my life the life of my family, friends, fellow Adventists and all that God created. Amen.

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  2. From the teaching of this quarter's lesson, it is beyond doubt that the earth and all that are in it, is God's own art. I have really been enriched by this very wonderful lesson. Be blessed.

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  3. I was just surprised to see the personal application of marriage and divorce in the topic under Matthew. I mean, I can see how it goes into creation playing a part in Biblical themes. I just wouldn't feel comfortable asking that question in my Sabbath School setting because of the debate that may/may not ensue regarding contemporary marriage/divorce trends. Of course other groups may not have a problem discussing such topics, though.

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  4. God gave us two things in the garden - the Sabbath and marriage. Would you feel comfortable talking to people about whether they keep the Sabbath or not - how they keep the Sabbath - the sacredness of the Sabbath?
    Marriage is also a sacred institution - blessed by God - as He did the Sabbath.

    Just because people don't and haven't kept the Sabbath doesn't mean we are supposed to avoid the subject, are we? The same applies to the institution of marriage. It may not be a comfortable topic - but just as the Sabbath shouldn't be avoided, neither should the topic of marriage and its implications for today be avoided. God doesn't change; neither does His requirements and goals for human beings. Just because we have shortcomings doesn't mean we should ignore them or not deal with them in our lives.
    Of course if you do not feel comfortable using the questions that are posted as a help to your class, don't use them, but don't be surprised that this kind of question is posted. Contemporary thinking needs a shot of Biblical reality sometimes. Blessings,
    Michael Fracker

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    • Thank You for your comment, Michael. I will say we briefly touched on marriage in the study, but it ended up being more of a discussion about how Jesus used creation as His basis for that particular teaching in Matthew. That goes perfectly with the lesson "Creation--A Biblical Theme". It was a good class. I am just finding all these SS resources and look forward to implementing many new things when it's my turn to teach :)

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