Further Study: Man: God’s Handiwork
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Read Ellen G. White, “The Creation,” pp. 44-51, in Patriarchs and Prophets.

“In the beginning, man was created in the image of God. He was in perfect harmony with the nature and the law of God; the principles of righteousness were written upon his heart. But sin alienated him from his Maker. He no longer reflected the divine image. His heart was at war with the principles of God’s law. ‘The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to [...]

Inside Story: The Bible Text
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The foreign evangelist wasn’t sure what to expect as the evangelistic meetings among the Romani (Gypsy) people of Bulgaria neared.

The leaders couldn’t locate a suitable hall to rent. But the Romani Adventist community would let nothing stand in their way. They built a platform on a dead-end street and put benches in the street.

On opening night, crowds packed the street around the homemade platform. People filled the yards, balconies of homes, even nearby rooftops to hear the message of salvation [...]

Restoration
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There’s a TV show that my family and I watch called American Restoration. The star is Rick Dale. 1

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Watching Rick restore whatever his clients bring in is an amazing process. Usually what they bring in has been dropped, crushed, rusted or in some other way destroyed. But after Rick and his employees have worked on the item it looks and operates just like it just came from the factory. Even better than watching the restoration process [...]

Thursday: Restoration
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As deep and pervasive as the effects of sin have been on humanity, our plight is not irreversible.

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The Bible speaks about the possibility of renewal and restoration of the image of God in us, at least to some degree.

Study the following passages carefully: Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:23-24. What hope is presented?

The Bible clearly holds up the hope for us to be remade in God’s image. The renewal of the image of God in humanity is accompanied [...]

“Who? Who? Who Are You?”
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“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” Psalm 8:4-8, [...]

03: Man: God’s Handiwork – Thought Starters
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God Made Us

[Thought Starters for Man: God's Handiwork October 17, 2012]

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1. Better and better, or worse and worse. Which is it? Think of all the advances in human life today. Open-heart surgery for an inborn infant? Travel to Mars in a space ship smart enough to look around and take pictures? The transformation of information thanks to the computer? The removal of diseases such as polio from the world?  Gains in life [...]

Wednesday: A Defiled Image
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One of the many great obstacles for those who read evolution into the biblical creation account is the Fall.

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In the Bible, the world and humanity were perfect when created, a teaching that contradicts evolution at the most basic level. Only through transgression did suffering and death enter the world, a concept that’s contrary to the evolutionary model, in which suffering and death are part of the very means of creation itself.

Imagine what it would [...]

03: Man: God’s Handiwork – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God created man in His own image. While the fall marred His image in man, He has purposed to restore that image in His children.

[Teaching plan for "Man: God's Handiwork" October 15, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Romans 5:14-16.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What philosophies of human nature and purpose are associated with belief in evolution? How does this differ with belief [...]

Tuesday: The Image of God: Part 2
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Whatever else it means to be “made in the image of God,” it also shows that we were made to be in relationships.

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What are those relationships, and how should we, made as we are, act in them?

Read Genesis 2:19-20. What does that tell us right away about humanity’s relationship to the world?

Notice the autonomy, the freedom, given to Adam here. He was to name the creatures that God had created. God didn’t do the naming Himself, [...]

Dress and Dignity
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“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Genesis 3:7

As soon as sin began, legalism began. Adam tried to cover his shame by his own works. However that did not work. Just three verses after Adam makes his own garment, he tells God he ran from Him because he was naked. Why did Adam feel naked after making a garment of fig leaves? [...]

Monday: The Image of God: Part 1
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As we saw yesterday, Adam and, of course, Eve were literal people, not symbols or myths but actual flesh and blood beings made “in the image of God.”

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Obviously, being made in the image of God is something good, something sacred, something that bestows inherent value on us. What, however, does that really mean?

Read Genesis 1:26 carefully. What statement of intention seems to be linked to the creation of man in God’s image? That is, God says [...]

Sunday: Creation and Human Origins
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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:27).

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What does this text tell us about our origins that is so radically different, even openly contradictory, from other views of human beginnings, such as evolution?

It is impossible to miss the point that, as a conscious act of God, humanity’s creation had a purpose behind it. Scripture has no room for any idea of [...]