HopeSS: Restoring Dominion
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Restoring Dominion” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Boundaries
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Conversation With the Serpent

Does humanity’s dominion over “all the earth” (Gen. 1:26) indicate that there are no boundaries to our dominion? Biblical history indicates that dominion (which can also be understood as “stewardship”) must have boundaries. For example, God told Adam that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was off-limits (see Gen. 2:15-17). The first sin … [Click to read more …]

Restoring Dominion – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

Nankeen Kestrel

1. Restoring Dominion. What a shock it must have been to see the earth and its inhabitants crumble and fall. What do you think Adam and Eve missed the most about their marvelous life in the Garden of Eden? How do you feel about the idea presented in the lesson that Adam’s dominion passed on … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Privilege of Dominion
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What is the “dominion” that humans were to have over the earth, as expressed in Genesis 1:26-28? The biblical word dominion comes from the Hebrew verb radah. This word indicates a right and responsibility to rule. It implies, in this context, a hierarchy of power and authority in which the human race is positioned above … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Created for Dominion
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Adam and Eve

Someone recently wrote the following about a friend, an avowed atheist who said that she sometimes “wakes in the middle of the night, stressing over a bunch of deep questions: ‘Is this world truly the result of an accidental cosmic big bang? How could there be no design, no grand purpose to our existence and … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Restoring Dominion
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Image © Lars Justinen Goodsalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 8:3-8, Gen. 2:15, Rom. 8:20-22, Exod. 20:1-17, Rom. 1:25, 2 Thess. 3:10. Memory Text: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Restoration in All Things
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Pointing the way

See other passages on restoring God’s image: Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:15, Colossians 3:9-11, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2 Corinthians 5:17. Read Ellen G. White, “The Creation,” “The Temptation and Fall,” and “The Plan of Redemption,” pp. 44-70, in Patriarchs and Prophets. As a people, we have been called by God to work for others, for the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Restoring Role of the Church
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Man Moving the Earth/ moving people to restoration

As we have seen, our world, though created perfect, had fallen, with devastating results. But God had not abandoned us to what would have been our fate, eternal destruction (the fate that science says awaits us). Instead, even before the world began, the plan of salvation was formulated (see 1 Pet. 1:2) and, at great … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Restoration in Jesus
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The Cross As a Balance

“My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you” (Gal. 4:19, NKJV). We were originally created as perfect and complete beings in a perfect and complete world. Unfortunately, this pre-Fall paradise was lost through sin, and the world as we know it is filled with death, violence, suffering, … [Click to read more …]