Thursday: Restoration
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As deep and pervasive as the effects of sin have been on humanity, our plight is not irreversible.

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The Bible speaks about the possibility of renewal and restoration of the image of God in us, at least to some degree.

Study the following passages carefully: Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:23-24. What hope is presented?

The Bible clearly holds up the hope for us to be remade in God’s image. The renewal of the image of God in humanity is accompanied […]

Wednesday: A Defiled Image
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One of the many great obstacles for those who read evolution into the biblical creation account is the Fall.

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In the Bible, the world and humanity were perfect when created, a teaching that contradicts evolution at the most basic level. Only through transgression did suffering and death enter the world, a concept that’s contrary to the evolutionary model, in which suffering and death are part of the very means of creation itself.

Imagine what it would […]

Tuesday: The Image of God: Part 2
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Whatever else it means to be “made in the image of God,” it also shows that we were made to be in relationships.

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What are those relationships, and how should we, made as we are, act in them?

Read Genesis 2:19-20. What does that tell us right away about humanity’s relationship to the world?

Notice the autonomy, the freedom, given to Adam here. He was to name the creatures that God had created. God didn’t do the naming Himself, […]

Monday: The Image of God: Part 1
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As we saw yesterday, Adam and, of course, Eve were literal people, not symbols or myths but actual flesh and blood beings made “in the image of God.”

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Obviously, being made in the image of God is something good, something sacred, something that bestows inherent value on us. What, however, does that really mean?

Read Genesis 1:26 carefully. What statement of intention seems to be linked to the creation of man in God’s image? That is, God says […]

Sunday: Creation and Human Origins
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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:27).

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What does this text tell us about our origins that is so radically different, even openly contradictory, from other views of human beginnings, such as evolution?

It is impossible to miss the point that, as a conscious act of God, humanity’s creation had a purpose behind it. Scripture has no room for any idea of […]

Sabbath: Man: God’s Handiwork
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen 1:27; 1:26; Mark 12:13-17; Gen. 2:19-25; Acts 17:26; Rom. 5:12-19.

Memory Text: “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3).

Key Thought: God created humanity in His own image; sin defiled that image. God’s plan is to restore that image in us.

A nineteenth-century thinker, Arthur Schopenhauer, while deep in thought about the essence of human identity, accidently bumped into someone on the street. The person whom he hit angrily demanded, “Who […]

Further Study: Revelation, and the God Revealed in It
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Read Ellen G. White,

“Danger in Speculative Knowledge,” pp. 427-438, in The Ministry of Healing; “The Word Made Flesh,”pp. 746-749, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5; “Preface” and “Introduction,” pp. 5-7, in The Great Controversy.

“God has been pleased to communicate His truth to the world by human agencies, and He Himself, by His Holy Spirit, qualified men and enabled them to do this work. He guided the mind in the selection of what to speak and what to write. The treasure was entrusted to earthen vessels, […]

Inside Story: Embracing the World’s Cities
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More than half the world’s population lives in cities, yet the Adventist work in the cities languishes.

God has a heart for cities. Speaking of Nineveh, He asked, “Should I not be concerned about that great city?” (Jonah 4:11, NIV). When Jesus came to this earth, He “had compassion on [the people] because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36, NIV).

Jesus showed how to minister. He mingled with people, showed sympathy, ministered to needs, won confidence, […]

Thursday: The Activities of God
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Even the most cursory reading of the Bible reveals that God is actively involved in humanity and in what happens here on earth.

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He is not distant, detached, removed, as some ancient Greek concepts of God taught, or even as some Christian theologians try to depict Him. Though radically different from what He created, the Lord has intimately tied Himself to His creation.

As we saw yesterday, the Bible depicts the Lord as our Creator, an act […]

Wednesday: The Attributes of Our Creator
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The Bible reveals to us truths about God that we aren’t going to find anywhere else. Among those truths is that He is the Creator.

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In fact, that’s the first thing the Bible tells us about God, that He created “the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).

One of the many fascinating things about this text is that the Bible simply assumes the existence of God without trying to prove or show it. The Bible spends a […]