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). 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 … [Click to read more …]

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 … [Click to read more …]

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 … [Click to read more …]

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. 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 … [Click to read more …]

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. 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 … [Click to read more …]

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. 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 … [Click to read more …]

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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Mystery of the Triune God
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“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). Understanding how inspiration works, however important, is only a means to an end, and that end is to know God. A deep understanding of how the Bible was written, or even a deep understanding of the truths revealed in it, mean … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Nature of Inspiration
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“It is not the words of the Bible that are inspired, but the men that were inspired. Inspiration acts not on the man’s words or his expressions but on the man himself, who, under the influence of the Holy Ghost, is imbued with thoughts. But the words receive the impress of the individual mind. The … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Doctrine of Scripture
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Read 2 Peter 1:19-21. What do these verses tell us about how the New Testament authors regarded the Scriptures? Peter affirms that the prophecies of the Old Testament were not of human origin. His argument is that the prophets spokebecause they were “moved by the Spirit of God.” The expression “moved by the Spirit of God” means … [Click to read more …]