02: How it all Began – Thoughts and Questions by jg
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The creation story is one of the most beautiful passages of Scripture. Imagine Moses, wrapped up in the awe of an Almighty God sweeping the history of time. With humility and awe Moses describes the beginning of earth and all that is within it.1 Day 1 God establishes light. Three days later, on Day 4, God … [Click to read more …]

02: In the Beginning – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Christians must stand firm on the literal story of a six day Creation, for it is foundational to all we believe.   [Teaching Plan for “In the Beginning” January 11, 2011] 1. Have a volunteer read Colossians 1:14-17. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Creation and Recreation
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What wonderful promises are found in these texts? Isa. 65:17, Isa. 66:22, 2 Pet. 3:13, Rev. 21:4. Also, how are they linked with the biblical model of Creation, as revealed in the opening chapters of Genesis? 1 The whole Christian hope rests on the promises of a new heaven and a new earth, a heaven and earth without the devastation that sin … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Cross and Creation
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Read John 1:1–13. In what ways does John link Creation with the Cross? Why are the two teachings inseparable?   1 In numerous places the Bible clearly links the Lord as Creator with the Lord as Redeemer, a link that provides more evidence that evolution cannot be reconciled with the Bible, especially with the teaching of the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Heavens Declare
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The Psalms contains a rich corpus of songs praising the Creator. Regularly and jubilantly the psalmists refer to the “great works” of God.1 Psalm 19. The progression of thought is audacious. First, David describes the glories of the heavens and firmament, including the blazing sun. He compares the brilliant energy of the sun to a bridegroom … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Heart of the Creator
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The drama of Creation week is extraordinary. Day after day the Creator speaks into existence the life systems and life forms that continue to amaze scientists. Even God refers to the extreme joy of that time. 1 How does God express to Job the excitement that was part of the earth’s creation? Job 38:4–7.  A hint of … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Creation Week
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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1, NKJV). How does this opening line automatically make the Bible and Darwinian evolution mutually exclusive?  1 The book of Genesis opens with God already in action as Creator. No explanation for, or introduction of, God is given. None of the Bible writers thought that God needed … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: In the Beginning
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 19:4; Job 38:4–7; Deut. 32:10, 11; Psalm 19; John 1:1–13; Rom. 5:12; Isa. 66:22.   Memory Text: “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16, NKJV). Key … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: The Triune God
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In the doctrine of the Trinity, we do not find three different divine roles displayed by one Person (that is modalism). Nor are there three gods in a cluster (that is tritheism orpolytheism). The one God (“He”) is also, and equally, “They,” and “They” are always together, always closely cooperating. The Holy Spirit executes the will of both … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Curse of the Fetish Priest
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Guillaume Djossou Giving one’s life to God can be a life-or-death decision in some regions of the world. As a lay pastor and church planter working near the city of Cotonou, Benin, I saw this first hand. When Ann and her husband became Adventist Christians, Ann’s father, a fetish priest in Benin, cursed her with … [Click to read more …]