04: Creation : A Biblical Theme – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The Bible roots faith in the actual historical acts of God in earth’s history. To be in harmony with Scripture, we must accept the statements of Genesis 1-4..

[Teaching Plan for Creation, A Biblical Theme January 28, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 19:4-6.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does Jesus’ answer and reference to Genesis show that God’s design for mankind was [...]

Tuesday: Creation in the Book of Job
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Read Job 38:1-21. Note the creation topics in the following verses.

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Job 38:4-7

Job 38: 8-11

Job 38: 12

Job 38:16

Job 38:19

It’s important to remember the context of the book of Job. Great tragedy struck, and Job was struggling to understand how this could happen to him, a faithful follower of God. In chapter 38 up through chapter 41, the Lord continues to talk about His creative power, all in response to Job’s pained questioning.

Read carefully Job’s response to the [...]

Monday: Creation in the Psalms
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Read Psalm 8. What links do you find with Genesis 1?

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Read Psalm 104. Note how this psalm praises God for His goodness as seen in both Creation and providence. Identify the links with Genesis 1 in the following verses from Psalm 104:2

Psalm 104:5-7

Psalm 104:7-9

Psalm 104:14

Psalm 104:19

Psalm 104:25

Note how the psalm’s topical sequence seems to be crafted to follow the topical sequence of Genesis 1. Poetic imagery is vividly presented throughout the verses, and its message clearly includes the power, wisdom, [...]

Sunday: Creation in Genesis 2
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“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they

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were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens” (Gen. 2:4).

Genesis 1-2:3 is the first account of God creating our world. It forms the foundation of all the other truths that we, as Christians, believe.

But the Creation account doesn’t end there. From Genesis 2:3 to the end of the chapter, we are given more details, specifically regarding the creation [...]

Sabbath: Creation, a Biblical Theme
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Read for This week’s Study: Genesis 2, Matt. 19:4-6, Psalm 8,Job 38:1-21, 42:1-6, Isa. 45:18,Acts 17:22-31.

Memory Text: “Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water’” (Revelation 14:6, 7, NIV).

Genesis 1:1-2:3 is the foundation [...]

Further Study: Creation Completed
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As stated previously, the days of the Creation week are numbered and identified as being composed of a dark period, the evening, and a light period, the morning. There is no reasonable way in which to interpret these days other than as being like the days we experience today. Some have appealed to such texts as Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 when arguing that each Creation day actually represents 1,000 years. This conclusion is not suggested by the text and does nothing to [...]

Inside Story: Serving in Small Ways
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Nora and Jorge enjoyed the fellowship and outreach activities in their

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large church home in southern Ecuador. But they wanted to do more. They prayed for a special outreach opportunity, and God called then to serve Him in a smaller way in their own neighborhood.

The family knew many of their neighbors and invited them to worship in their home. Five of their neighbors came, along with several Adventists who live nearby. The visitors enjoyed the [...]

The Revisionist Bible
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Once upon a time, the world happened, possibly with the help of some Higher Being. Finally, men and women came along. They began to worship the Higher Being and to tell and to write down stories about It (the Higher Being). In some of the stories, the Higher Being was called God. One of the stories described how some of the people thought God created the world and all the animals and people in [...]

“Not I But Christ” OR “Me Plus Christ”
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There are probably plenty of  reasons why God waited till He had created everything else, before He created man. Obviously the environment was not inhabitable for mankind earlier, but I would like to suggest another reason. If man had been around while God was creating the earth, he might have come up with the notion that he actually had a part in creation.

It is the same with Calvary. Sure, mankind was there, but everything that was good was because of [...]

03: The Creation Completed – Thoughts Starters
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[Thought questions for The Creation Completed January 16, 2013]

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1. Finished. Do you think God was exhausted when He finished the work of creation on this earth? Or was he enormously relieved and filled with satisfaction? What is the most important benefit of the Sabbath–to God? to man? Does a Sabbath day of rest fit best at the end of the regular week? Why? Should we thank God not only for creating the Sabbath, as magnificent [...]

Thursday: The Literal Day
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Read Genesis 1:5, 8, 31. What are the components of a creation day?

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Does anything in the verses imply that these are not literal 24-hour days as we experience them today?

The nature of the days of Creation has been the subject of much discussion. Some have questioned whether the days were ordinary days or whether they might represent much longer periods of time. The text’s description of the Creation days provides the answer to that question. The days [...]

Wednesday: The Creation Completed
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After the Creation was completed in six days (we will study the creation of humanity later), we find the first mention in the Bible of the seventh day.

Read Genesis 2:1-3. Notice especially verse 1, which emphasizes the

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The Hebrew word for rest in this text is shabath, which is closely related to the word for Sabbath. It indicates a cessation of labor upon completion of a project. God was not weary and in need of rest; He was [...]