Monday: God’s Provision: Part 1

The effects of sin did not wait for a “grace-period.” The results of sin were immediate and needed immediate attention. It was necessary, therefore, for some kind of provision to be in place when sin manifested itself. Ellen White expressed it so clearly: “As soon as there was sin, there was a Saviour. Christ knew … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Scope of the Problem

Because salvation is God’s solution to the problem created by sin, the extent of sin’s damage determines the scope of the solution. It wouldn’t be a solution were it unable to solve the problem, no matter what the size of the problem. What do the following texts reveal about the scope of the sin problem? How … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Salvation: The Only Solution

Read for This Week’s Study: John 2:25; Jer. 17:9; Titus 1:1-2; Rom. 3:19-24; Acts 2:37; Luke 7:47; Eph. 2:1-5. Memory Text: “ ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’ ” (John 3:16, NKJV). Key Thought: The sin problem is very big; how thankful we should be that … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Man: God’s Handiwork

Read Ellen G. White, “The Creation,” pp. 44-51, in Patriarchs and Prophets. “In the beginning, man was created in the image of God. He was in perfect harmony with the nature and the law of God; the principles of righteousness were written upon his heart. But sin alienated him from his Maker. He no longer reflected the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Restoration

As deep and pervasive as the effects of sin have been on humanity, our plight is not irreversible. 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 … [Click to read more …]

03: Man: God’s Handiwork – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

God Made Us [Thought Starters for Man: God’s Handiwork October 17, 2012] 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 … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: A Defiled Image

One of the many great obstacles for those who read evolution into the biblical creation account is the Fall. 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 … [Click to read more …]

03: Man: God’s Handiwork – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Image of God: Part 2

Whatever else it means to be “made in the image of God,” it also shows that we were made to be in relationships. 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, … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Image of God: Part 1

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.” 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 … [Click to read more …]