11: God As Artist – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God is the ultimate Artist as Potter, Musician, Author, Architect, and Creator of all that is beautiful and very good.

 

[Teaching Plan for "God as Artist" March 14, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 64:6-9.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Since God made our bodies, do we have an obligation to take care of them as if they weren’t ours? Share.
C. Personal Application: In what ways do people misuse their bodies that God gave them to take care of? In what ways could you improve in taking care of your body?
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “It’s my body and I can do what I want with it. I’m planning on getting several tattoos. I don’t think God cares about that.” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read 2 Chronicles 29:25.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What are some of the dangers of using certain singers and musicians in Christian service? How do we make sure the focus is on God and not on the musician?
C. Personal Application: Does music inspire you in your spiritual life? What kind of music should be used in the church service that would inspire worship toward God rather than pushing us into another direction? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, ”I think we should use Christian Rock, Christian Country, Christian Rap, whatever people like in music to draw them to God. After all, don’t all music and instruments come from God?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Exodus 25:1-9.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why did God have the Israelites make the sanctuary so beautiful?
C. Personal Application: Why don’t we decorate our sanctuaries to accentuate beauty like some other churches do?
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Why are so many people unhappy with themselves – looks, too fat, too skinny, big nose, flat nose, big ears, round head, no hair, uncontrollable hair, etc. when we were made beautiful in God’s image?” How do you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Romans 11:33-36.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Do you believe that much of the literary style of the Bible is lost in some of the newer translations? Share.
C. Personal Application: What are your favorite Bible verses? Do you enjoy
Them for their content, or for their poetic and literary form?.
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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