12: Creation and the Gospel – Thought Starters
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“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22, NIV).

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[Thought questions for Creation and the Gospel March 20, 2013]

1. All in Christ. If only God hadn’t made Adam and Eve free to sin. Wouldn’t it be a better world if we were not even tempted to do wrong? Have you ever met someone with that idea? What’s wrong with the concept that getting rid of sin at [...]

Thursday: A New Creation
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The great news of the gospel centers around the death of Jesus as our substitute.

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He took our sins upon Himself, bearing in Himself the penalty that would, otherwise, justly be ours. As we have seen, too, the whole idea of Christ as our substitute, dying for the sins of the world, is inextricably linked to the Creation story. Christ came to destroy death, which is an alien intruder in God’s creation. If evolutionary theory [...]

Wednesday: The Sin-bearing Substitute
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“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

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(for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’)” (Gal. 3:13, NKJV). Dwell on the amazing implications of this text, keeping in mind the deity of Christ as you do. What does this tell us about what God was willing to do in order to save us? More so, what does this tell us about how [...]

12: Creation and the Gospel – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Creation is critically important to the plan of salvation. The creation of a new heart is one only God can make and is based on the idea of a perfect Creation that fell and needs redemption.

[Teaching Plan for Creation and the Gospel March 18, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:21-24.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Where did God get the skins to [...]

Tuesday: While We Were Yet Sinners . . .
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All throughout the Bible we find that God’s response to human sinfulness is redemptive in nature and motivated by genuine, unselfish love.

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He would have been fully justified in giving Adam and Eve up to Satan’s destructive power; after all, they had made their choice. But God knew that Adam and Eve did not understand the full meaning of what they had done, and He determined to give them an opportunity to become better informed [...]

The God-forsaken God
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Friday’s section of this week’s SS lesson asks the question, “Critics of Christianity will often argue that Jesus knew beforehand that, though He would die, He would be resurrected to life. Thus, they ask, what was the big deal about His death when He knew it would be only temporary?”

My mother knows that flying in an airplane is safer than traveling by car. She knows the sad statistics that people are killed every day on the highways, while a rare [...]

Monday: Sin and Death
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In Genesis 3:19, Adam was told that, at death, he would return to the dust from which he was made.

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The same thing happens to us. Notice—we do not return to being apes, because we were not made from apes. We were made from dust, and it’s to the dust, at death, that we return.

Read Genesis 2:7; Psalm 104:29-30; John 1:4; Acts 17:24-25. What is the ultimate significance of these texts for us? How should [...]

Sunday: Grace in the Garden
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As we all know so well, the first humans, perfect beings created in the “image of God,” fell into sin, which brought death.

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They had been warned, and they understood what they had been told. Eve even repeated to the serpent what God had said. Yet, they sinned anyway. At times we, like Eve, are led into sin by deceit; while, at other times, like Adam, we sin intentionally. Either way, we are sinners, guilty [...]

Sabbath: Creation and the Gospel
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Read for This week’s Study: Gen. 3:21; Ps. 104:29, 30; John 1:4; Rom. 5:6-11;Gal. 3:13; Matt. 27:46.

Memory Text: “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22, NIV).

In the biblical account, Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, without any moral defect. But they did have free will, a prerequisite for them to be able to love. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, they fell under Satan’s power (see Heb. [...]

Further Study: Sabbath: A Gift From Eden
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“God created man in His own image.

Here is no mystery. There is no ground for the supposition that man was evolved by slow degrees of development from the lower forms of animal or vegetable life. Such teaching lowers the great work of the Creator to the level of man’s narrow, earthly conceptions. Men are so intent upon excluding God from the sovereignty of the universe that they degrade man and defraud him of the dignity of his origin. He who [...]

Inside Story: Embracing the World’s Cities, 2
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As we look at the mission field, we must look through the compassionate eyes of Jesus.

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We’re not looking at a target group or mere statistics; we’e looking at real people. They may have given up on church and religion, but they’e open to those who follow Christ and show the love and sympathy of their Master.

And if we’e going to minister to needs, we need to know what those needs are. We need to [...]

11: Sabbath: A Gift from Eden – Thought Starters
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“For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8

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[Thought questions for Sabbath: A Gift From Eden March 13, 2013]

1. The creation of the Sabbath. What was the final work of Creation Week? Why did God take the time to set aside one 24-hour day after everything that He had made was on the earth? Was God weary? Are we weary, when Sabbath comes around? What makes you think, if you [...]