11: God as artist – Thought Starters
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“My wife is the most beauiful woman in the world,” Stan announced to Barry while lunch being prepared by his wife Donna, who was in the kitchen with Barry’s wife Joanne.1

“You think so!” said Barry.

“Did you see that dress she was wearing today?”

“Yes, I did. It was pretty. I like the way the colors were so nicely blended.”

“I like the way it shows off her faultless frame and makes her look years younger.”

There [...]

11: God As Artist – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God is the ultimate Artist as Potter, Musician, Author, Architect, and Creator of all that is beautiful and very good.

 

[Teaching Plan for "God as Artist" March 14, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 64:6-9.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Since God made our bodies, do we have an obligation to take care of them as if they weren’t ours? Share.
C. Personal Application: In [...]

10: The Promise of Prayer – Thought Starters
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“God is my best Friend,” Judy said quietly to her friend Stacy as the adult Sabbath school was tranforming into the worship hour.1

“Mine, too,” Stacy replied. “The best Friend I’ve ever had. I talk to Him a lot.”

A set of shoulders in front of them paused and turned in their direction. It was Bob, one of the teachers for another adult class. “Be careful, ladies,” he said. “You talk like that too much and [...]

10: The Promise of Prayer – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Prayer is the most important way of communing with God and should be engaged in as much as possible. Christ showed that prayer attitudes such as humility, persistence, and acceptance of God’s will greatly helps us.

[Teaching Plan for "The Promise of Prayer" March 7, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 26:39-41.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why was Jesus asking not to do [...]

09: The Bible and History – Thought Starters
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Al Brown lived with his wife on the corner less than a block from my house. I spent a lot of time visiting them in their little house on the edge of twenty acres of pastureland.1

You could just get past the door at the Browns’ house before you were in the doorway to the kitchen. But if you closed the door there was room for a wooden rocking chair where Mr. Brown sat, and room for me on a [...]

09: The Bible and History – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Human history appears as dependent on the abilities of man, but above it all, God is working out His purposes ending with the second coming of Jesus.

 

[Teaching Plan for "The Bible and History" February 29, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 1:1-3.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How do you think God chooses a person to be a prophet?
Does He use prophets today, or [...]

08: Creation Care – Thought Starters
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“Can you believe this? They’ve put a week’s lesson on the environment into our church’s lesson study guides.”1

“They have?” Brenda reached the coffee table and found her copy of the guidebook her husband Matt was talking about. She rustled through the pages until she found the one labeled February 18-24. “It doesn’t say anything about the environment, Matt. It just says ‘creation care.’ ”

“Yes. They’ve found a phrase they hope won’t upset us. But you can be sure of one thing. They’re talking [...]

08: Creation Care – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Because God has created this world to be our home and given us dominion as His stewards, we have a responsibility to care for our environment.

 

[Teaching plan for "Creation Care" February 22, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:25-28.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean to dress and keep the earth? Does that include weeding, pruning, planting, mowing, and gardening? [...]

07: Lord of the Sabbath – Thought Starters
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Phil and Sherry stared at each other across the after-dinner clutter on the dining room table. “What are we going to do?” Sherry said, her fingers twisting and turning. “Jeremy doesn’t love the Sabbath.”1

“He used to,” Phil said. “Remember when he was thrilled when we told him it was Sabbath and time to get ready for Sabbath school?”

“He was two. Now he’s sixteen and off riding his bicycle with his friend Neal. Didn’t wake up in [...]

07: Lord of the Sabbath – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Jesus, our Creator and Redeemer, gave us the Sabbath as a sign between Him and His people. It is His day given to man to enjoy a special time with Him.

 

[Teaching plan for "Lord of the Sabbath" February 15, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Mark 2:27,28.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean that the Son of man is Lord also of [...]