09: Marriage: A Gift From Eden – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Marriage is a blessing when the Divine principles are understood and followed. Marriage guards the purity and happiness of humanity, provides for our social needs, and elevates the moral nature.

[Teaching plan for Marriage: A Gift From Eden February 25, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 2:21,22.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What was the significance of God making Eve out of a rib [...]

08: Jesus, Provider and Sustainer – Thought Starters
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“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

[Thought questions for Jesus, Provider and Sustainer February 20, 2013]

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1. Constantly sustaining. Which is the greater miracle—creating the earth and the cosmos and all its substance or keeping it going? What about the crucifixion of Christ? In what ways was that an even greater miracle? Is it more work to accept the creative power [...]

08: Jesus, Provider and Sustainer – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God has a purpose and design that He continues to sustain and provide for.

[Teaching plan for Jesus, Provider and Sustainer February 18, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Philippians 4:19.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What is the difference between a want and a need? Why are there many Christians who are poor and persecuted? Does God mean what He says? Are there conditions?
C. [...]

07: Through a Glass, Darkly – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Through a Glass, Darkly Feburary 13, 2013]

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1. Nature belongs to God. Have you ever turned your TV on to a nature program only to be sickened by the scenes of a lion conquering a deer and ripping it to death? Or of insects calmly devoring their mating partner after their own eggs are fertilized? Or a herd of elephants trampling an African village and destroying everything within it? Or a line [...]

07: Through a Glass Darkly – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God revealed Himself through special revelation and also through nature. But evil exists in nature because God has allowed it due to man’s fall.

[Teaching plan for Through a Glass, Darkly February 11, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:17-19.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean that God cursed the ground?
C. Personal Application: How can we see God in nature and not [...]

06: Creation and the Fall – Thoughts Starters
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[Thought questions for Creation and the Fall February 6, 2013]

1. Enmity from God. Why did God put enmity between the woman and the snake in the Garden of Eden? (Gen 3:15). How is that sense of hostility carried out even to this day? Why does the Bible refer to the devil as a snake or serpent throughout Scripture? Is there anything wrong with admiring and appreciating snake-like creatures today? Have you ever imagined what it must have been like to live on earth untouched by sin?

2. Smart [...]

06: Creation and the Fall – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Understanding the issues underlying all temptations better equips us for successful spiritual life. There issues are highlighted in the fall of Adam and Eve.

[Teaching plan for Creation and the Fall February 4, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:1.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Was the serpent a subtle creature or was it the wiles of the devil speaking through the serpent? What [...]

05: Creation and Morality – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Creation and Morality January 30, 2013]

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1. Depending on the Creator. What was God’s intention when He created mankind? Did He have a grand plan or did He just want to create a pleasant and invigorating environment for His new friends through eternity? Why do you think God laid down a firm rule about not eating from one of the many fruit-bearing trees in the Garden of Eden? Was it a test of obedience? Or was [...]

05: Creation and Morality – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Creation morality encourages belief in fixed standards of right and wrong and calls us to serve and protect that which we have power over.

[Teaching plan for Creation and Morality January 28, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 2:16,17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why did God have a tree of knowledge of good and evil in different inhabited places in the universe? Why [...]

04: Creation, a Biblical Theme – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Creationm, A Biblical Theme January 23, 2013]

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1. Genesis 2. Do you consider the first chapter of Genesis to be the only official account of creation? What about Genesis 2? Did Jesus consider both accounts to be valid? How do we know? In what ways would the story of the birth of the earth as we know it be less complete without the details of Genesis 2? Have you ever heard why [...]