12: Creation and the Gospel – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Creation is critically important to the plan of salvation. The creation of a new heart is one only God can make and is based on the idea of a perfect Creation that fell and needs redemption.gless12

[Teaching Plan for Creation and the Gospel March 18, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:21-24.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Where did God get the skins to make clothes for Adam and Eve? How is the gospel found in this passage?
C. Personal Application: Think of someone that you could show grace to in your life right now. Share what you can do to mend the broken.
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “Why did God have to kick Adam and Eve out of the garden? Why couldn’t He have just forgiven them and let them stay?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Psalm 104:28-31.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean that God “renews” the face of the earth? Is this connected with the creation of man? Share.
C. Personal Application: How do you see God actively involved in the day to day activities of human life? How has He preserved your life? Share your thoughts.
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Why does your church teach that people are dead when they die? God gave mankind an immortal soul that lives forever in heaven or in hell. All religions teach the idea of the immortality of the soul. The spirit has always existed; God just gave it a human body to dwell in.” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Romans 5:6-11.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is the shedding of blood necessary for the forgiveness of sin? Does this make God a bloodthirsty God that needs His pound of flesh?
C. Personal Application: How does a true understanding of grace through Christ’s sacrifice affect your attitude toward sin and breaking His commandments? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Science teaches us that we are getting better and better all the time. We are increasing in age, in strength, in wisdom, and in knowledge. We are much better off now than in ages past.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read 2 Corinthians 5:17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does science explain the change in a person’s attitude, actions, and lifestyle when they become a Christian?
C. Personal Application: How have you seen God’s recreative power in your life as you have walked with Him? Share your thoughts.
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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