02: How it all Began – Thoughts and Questions by jg
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The creation story is one of the most beautiful passages of Scripture. Imagine Moses, wrapped up in the awe of an Almighty God sweeping the history of time. With humility and awe Moses describes the beginning of earth and all that is within it.1

Day 1 God establishes light. Three days later, on Day 4, God reveals the sun, moon, stars in the light of the sky.

Day 2 God develops land and sky. Three days later, [...]

02: In the Beginning – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Christians must stand firm on the literal story of a six day Creation, for it is foundational to all we believe.

 

[Teaching Plan for "In the Beginning" January 11, 2011]

1. Have a volunteer read Colossians 1:14-17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How can God be called invisible when Adam and Eve walked with Him, Israel wrestled with Him, Moses saw Him, and He appeared to [...]

01: Explaining the Inexplainable – Thought Starters
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Joe Manning, the Bible teacher, decided he would ask his tenth grade class to come up with a visible object lesson to explain the concept of the Trinity. He gave them three days to submit their contributions. Then he collected the fifteen papers and carefully studied them at home, hoping to give some recognition to the winner.[1. Jesus at His baptism Image © Steve Creitz from GoodSalt.com]

The first paper said, “It’s like a family. All the Johnsons, for example. Same family, [...]

01: The Triune God – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: The doctrine of the Trinity is a Scriptural truth that God exists in three distinct persons with different functions, yet they work together as One..

 

[Teaching Pan for "The Triune God" January 4, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Deuteronomy 6:4.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Since this text emphasizes one God, how does this text indicate the Trinitarian teaching?
(Note: The Hebrew word for “one” used [...]

14: Boasting in the Cross – Thought Starters
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Stan: Can you believe it? We have fourteen Sabbaths this quarter!1
Pam: And one of the shortest books in the Bible.
Stan: You’re right. I think that’s made a big difference in our study this quarter, don’t you?
Pam: Sure. I think most of us have been blessed by studying the book of Galatians so intensely.
Stan: Then why don’t we do that for the whole Bible?
Pam: There’s too much in the Bible for us to cover. Maybe in heaven we’ll have time.
Stan: [...]

14: Boasting in the Cross – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Paul closes his letter to the Galatians with a strong appeal, clinging only to the cross as his reason for life.

 

[Teaching plan for "Boasting in the Cross" December 28, 2011]

1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 6:11-13.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why does Paul say some wanted the new Christians to be circumcised?
C. Personal Application: Are there any “rules” that your church has that [...]

13: The Gospel and the Church – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: The indication of God’s presence is in the spirit manifested within the church. Intentional acts of kindness, help in trials, and forgiveness and restoration are extended to those who err.

[Teaching plan for "The Gospel and the Church" December 21, 2011]

1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 6:1.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why should we in a meek spirit restore one who sins? What is [...]

13: Doing good–to everybody? – Thought Starters
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Timothy loved the trumpet. By the time he turned fourteen he could play scales in all the keys and challenging exercises. He even presented “special music” for church. During secondary school Timothy listened carefully to all the trumpet music he could get his hands on and taught himself to slur notes, to manage extreme vibrato, to “jump” the rhythm, and to come up with shrill as well as mellow tones to add more feeling to his music. He was ready [...]

12: Even a four-year-old can learn about Christian love – Thought Starters
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“Christmas! Christmas! I can hardly wait for Christmas!” Four-year-old Randy Williams clapped his hands and did a tumble to the Christmas tree in the corner of the family room.1

“What’s so special about Christmas?” his dad teased.

“Presents. Lots of presents. And cake and cookies and ice cream and—“

“Christmas is for you?”

“Yes! Yes! Yes! Christmas is for ME!” Mom was calling, and Randy rushed off to his bedroom to sleep and dream about Christmas.

Later that night dad shared with mom [...]

12: Living By The Spirit – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Living by the Spirit involves a daily walk with Christ. It requires choices that starve our sinful self.

[Teaching plan for "Living by the Spirit" December 14, 2011]

1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 5:1-16,17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does one walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh? Is it easy or hard?
C. Personal Application: Do you struggle with the Spirit and [...]