10: Stewardship and the Environment – Thought Starters
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“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish or the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 1:28 NKJV

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[Thought questions for Stewardship and the Environment March 6, 2013]

1. The environment. Is caring for the environment a Seventh-day Adventist objective? If not, why not? If yes, how good [...]

10: Stewardship and the Environment – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Creation reveals that God made humankind to nurture and care for this world, not exploit and pillage it.

[Teaching plan for Stewardship and the Environment March 4, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:28.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. God told mankind to multiply and fill the earth. Does He expect mankind to exercise any kind of population control?
C. Personal Application: Do you think [...]

09: Marriage: A Gift from Eden – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Marriage: A gift from Eden February 27, 2013]

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1. Marriage in Eden. Can you imagine a more ideal setting for a young couple to establish their home than the Garden of Eden? Where did the floral arrangements come from? Who presided over the wedding ceremony? Who pronounced Adam and Eve husband and wife? Do you think there might have been music? Can you think of more than one way that this ceremony [...]

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?

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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 [...]