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 [...]

03: The Creation Completed – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : How we approach the Creation story can have a big impact on the message received, and how we approach the rest of the Bible..

[Teaching plan for The Creation Completed January 14, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:14-19.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Since it says God made the stars also on the fourth day, is this an explanation that God created more [...]

Tuesday: Creation of the Land Animals
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In Genesis 1:24-31, terrestrial animals and humans were created on the

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sixth day. As with the correlation between the second and fifth days, a correlation is also seen between the division of the land and sea on the third day and the filling of the land on the sixth day. One is reminded again of the orderly and purposeful sequence of Creation events, as is consistent with a God of order (compare 1 Cor. 14:33).

As with the creatures [...]

Monday: Creation of Air and Water Animals
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Read Genesis 1:20-23. What evidence, if any, exists in the texts that would imply randomness?

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The waters and the atmosphere were populated on the fifth day of Creation. Many have seen a relationship between the second and fifth Creation days. The waters were separated by the atmosphere on the second day, and both were filled with living creatures on the fifth day. The Creation events seem to have occurred in a sequence that reflects an intentional [...]

Sunday: Sun, Moon and Stars
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Read Genesis 1:14-19. What actions are mentioned on the fourth day of

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Creation? How are we to make sense of this, especially given our present understanding of the physical world?

The fourth day has probably been discussed more than any of the other six Creation days. If the sun was created on the fourth day, what caused the daily cycles for the first three Creation days? On the other hand, if the sun already existed, what happened [...]

Sabbath: The Creation Completed
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Read for This Week’s Study: Genesis 1, Ps. 8:3, Rom. 8:19-22, Lev. 11:14-22, Gen. 2:1-3,Mark 2:28.

Memory Text: “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work” ( Genesis 2:2, NIV).

This week’s lesson reviews the Bible’s brief description of the last three Creation days and the Sabbath rest. This description is found in Genesis 1-2:1-3, but numerous references to it exist in other parts of Scripture. One of the most striking aspects of the [...]

Further Study: Creation: Forming the World
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Though Scripture doesn’t explicitly say it, we have good biblical reasons for believing that the universe existed long before life on earth began. First, in Job 38:4-6, God states that there were living beings who shouted for joy when God formed the world. This implies preexisting beings who lived in the universe before the earth was created. The reference to an on-looking universe in 1 Corinthians 4:9 may refer to the same group of beings. Second, the serpent was present in the Garden of Eden before Adam [...]

Inside Story: A Card, Garage Door and a $50 Bill
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When Dennis Hulett stepped into the baptistery set up on the lawn of

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his new home church in Wisconsin in the United States, dozens of his new church friends watched with tears in their eyes. It had been a miraculous journey for Dennis—a journey involving an invitation card, a garage door, and a $50 bill.

Things had been rough for Dennis. He lost his job, was going through a divorce, and he felt worthless. Looking through [...]