Key Thought : Our understanding of God’s design in creation helps us in our view of God and how we relate to Him..
[Teaching Plan for Creation: Forming the World January 7, 2013]
1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:3-5.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Was the Universe in existence before God created the earth and its atmosphere (heaven)?
C. Personal Application: What are your favorite aspects of the daylight [...]
“Then God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters,
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and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day”(Gen. 1:6-8, NKJV).
God created the firmament, appointed its function, and gave [...]
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw
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the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day (Gen. 1:3-5, NKJV). What do these verses teach us about the first day of Creation?
Numerous points can be inferred from this passage.
First, light appeared in response to God’s [...]
“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves….” Psalm 100:3
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I entered the ICU in a Tampa hospital to pray with a family who was about to lose their mother. The mother was a Christian. The daughter was near believing, but I soon found out where her two sons stood. When the daughter announced I was here to pray, the two grown sons said, [...]
I’ve heard that the wise old owls at the American Psychiatric Association who revamp the diagnostic manual every ten years have considered a diagnosis of “perfectionism.” What do you think? So far the owls believe that 301.4, obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD, not to be confused with OCD, [or CDO if you want the letters in alphabetical order]) suffices. OCPD is, “a pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, [...]
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was
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without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:1, 2, NKJV).What do these verses reveal about the earth before the Lord began creating life on it?
The Bible starts with the story of Creation, and the Creation story starts with a statement that God is Creator. [...]
Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 1:1-13, Isa. 45:18, 1 John 1:5, Rev. 22:5, 2 Cor. 4:6, 2 Pet. 3:5, Job 38:4-6.
Memory Text: “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other’ “ (Isaiah 45:18, NKJV).
Scientists are increasingly impressed by the fitness of the world for living creatures. And no wonder, for design [...]
[Thought questions for Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth January 2, 2013]
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1. Jesus the Creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe that Jesus created the heaven and earth? Does everyone you are discussing this week’s lesson with have a similar belief? Do you know of any Seventh-day Adventist who does not believe that God created the world? What is the purpose of this lesson topic for the next three [...]
Further Study: “The work of creation can never be explained by science. What science can explain the mystery of life? “The theory that God did not create matter when He brought the world into existence is without foundation. In the formation of our world, God was not indebted to pre-existing matter. On the contrary, all things, material or spiritual, stood up before the Lord Jehovah at His voice and were created for His own purpose. The heavens and all the [...]
A pastor in a difficult, mostly non-Christian country was studying with a
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young man who had shown an interest in knowing about Jesus. Things were going well until the boy’s father returned home from prison, where he had been serving a sentence for murder.
At first the young man’s father was impressed with the changes he saw in his son. But when he learned that his son had been studying with a Christian, he became furious. [...]
Read John 2:7-11, 6:8-13, 9:1-34. What do these texts reveal about the
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creative power of God?
Each of these miracles gives us a glimpse of God’s power over the material world that He Himself created.
First, what kind of process would be required to change water directly into wine? None that we know of. Indeed, it took an act outside of the laws of nature, at least as we now know them, to do what Jesus did here.
In the miracle of [...]
Read John 1:1-3, 14; Colossians 1:15, 16; Hebrews 1:1, 2. How do the
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New Testament writers identify the Creator? What are the implications of the answer?
John refers to Jesus as the Word (&8220;Logos”) and equates Him with God. More specifically, Jesus is the One through whom all things were created. In John’s day, the term logos was commonly used to represent the creative principle. John’s readers would be familiar with the concept of logos as a creative principle or even as a creator. John applied [...]