03: Man: God’s Handiwork – Thought Starters
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God Made Us

[Thought Starters for Man: God’s Handiwork October 17, 2012]

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1. Better and better, or worse and worse. Which is it? Think of all the advances in human life today. Open-heart surgery for an inborn infant? Travel to Mars in a space ship smart enough to look around and take pictures? The transformation of information thanks to the computer? The removal of diseases such as polio from the world?  Gains in life […]

03: Man: God’s Handiwork – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God created man in His own image. While the fall marred His image in man, He has purposed to restore that image in His children.

[Teaching plan for “Man: God’s Handiwork” October 15, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Romans 5:14-16.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What philosophies of human nature and purpose are associated with belief in evolution? How does this differ with belief […]

02: Revelation and the God revealed in it – Thought Starters
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The book that reveals God

The name of the last book of the Bible, “Revelation,” implies that its purpose is to reveal information important to God’s people.

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Why, then, do people find Revelation such a difficult book to understand?

Let’s relax in the truth that God loves us and shows us His love in every possible way. But before we get too comfortable relaxing, let’s study to find what a love-inspired […]

02: Revelation, and the God Revealed in It – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The key source to the revelation of God is found in the Bible written by men under His inspiration..

[Teaching plan for “Revelation, and the God Revealed in It” October 8, 2012]
1. Have a volunteer read 2 Timothy 3:16,17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What do you consider “all Scripture”? Do the stories and miracles of Genesis and Exodus fir into all Scripture in […]

01: The Great Controversy: The Foundation – Thought Starters
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A surprise inside the cover

“What a surprise that is!” Susan held the lesson guide above her head.

“There’s a surprise in the lesson guide for the final quarter of the year?”

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“Yes, dear, there is.”

“Do we get a balloon or a lollipop?”

“No, it’s not that. It’s just that when I saw the title to this quarter’s lessons I was surprised when I opened the guide. The title […]

01: The Great Controversy – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The great conflict between good and evil has affected every life in the universe. The essential issue centers on each person’s choice between God and Satan.

[Teaching plan for “The Great Controversy: The Foundation” October 1, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 12:7-13.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. In what ways has or does the devil attack the church?.
C. Personal Application: Does the devil […]

03: Spiritual Gifts – Thought Starters
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Gifts of the spiritual kind

“Spiritual gifts,” Donna said. “Why do I always get nervous when we talk about spiritual gifts?”1

Dean cleared his throat.

“Well, it’s true,” Donna said. “Every time we start talking about spiritual gifts it ends up as a long meeting with even longer forms to fill out, and then we’re assigned to work on a church project using our spiritual gifts.”

“What’s wrong with that?”

“I don’t know. It just doesn’t fit. Seems so artificial.”

“Do you think the […]