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Bookmark and ShareLesson 2 – January 14In the Beginning

Scripture Focus

Matthew 19:4; Job 38:4-7; Deuteronomy 32:10, 11; Psalm 19; John 1:1-13; Romans 5:12; Isaiah 66:22

Concept

A clear understanding of Creation lays a foundation for all our basic Christian beliefs.

Materials Needed

Bibles, pencils/pens, paper

Connecting with the Scripture Topic

  1. Did you ever make something (or complete a job) and someone else got credit for it? How did you feel? If you feel comfortable, share your experience with the group.
  2. As you listen to others, ask yourself, “How might God feel if people give credit to someone or something else for creating humans?”

Sharing and Receiving Scripture

  1. What basic Bible teachings are built directly upon the belief in God as our Creator? Draw a foundation at the bottom of a sheet of paper and then draw building blocks on top of that foundation. On each block, write the name of one Bible doctrine tied to Creation.
  2. Thought Questions

Read Genesis 1:1. There are different views of how we came into existence. How does this Bible verse impact these viewpoints?

  1. Creation—It completely supports the idea that all things were made by God.
  2. Allegorical Interpretation—Genesis 1 is not a literal statement; it is basically poetic and symbolic.
  3. Theistic Evolution—Evolution was a tool used by God to allow the world to naturally be created.
  4. Big Bang Theory—Theistic creation is a myth; we evolved from the elements by chance.
  5. Intelligent Design—Someone obviously created this world, though we may not know much about the creator.
  6. Other…

Many Scripture writers believed in Creation. Which writer is your favorite?

  1. Moses (Exodus 20:8-11)
  2. Isaiah (Isaiah 40:26)
  3. Matthew (Matthew 19:4)
  4. Paul (Romans 1:20)
  5. Peter (2 Peter 3:4)
  6. Other…

Read Psalm 19. In what ways does this psalm support the biblical teaching that there is a God who is revealed to us?

  1. Verse 1—God is clearly revealed through the heavens (sun, moon, stars, planets, galaxies, etc.).
  2. Verse 1—We can see the hand of God in our own skies.
  3. Verses 4-6—Even our own sun demonstrates our amazing God.
  4. Verses 7-11—We also see a revelation of God in the Bible (the law of the Lord).
  5. Verses 12-14—David’s response of humility shows the impact of God’s revelation.
  6. Other…

Read Romans 5:12. How does this verse speak to the concept of evolutionary processes used by God to create the world?

  1. Humans were created perfect, but when they sinned, decay and death entered the picture.
  2. Paul seems to counter the evolutionary theory that humans get better and better.
  3. Evidence is abundant for evolution; through death, violence, and natural selection, something better emerges.
  4. This Bible verse isn’t speaking about the evolutionary process; it’s talking about the origins of sin.
  5. This text says our DNA is linked to Adam’s and does not originate from some mysterious grouping of cells.
  6. Other...

Applying the Message of Scripture

Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.

  • Option 1: “I’m really confused,” your teenager confesses after coming home from a high school biology class. “My teacher is very kind and intelligent and has shown me many evidences of evolution. It’s hard for me to quickly dismiss these ideas.” How can you best guide your teen with clarifying questions?
  • Option 2: What one thing in nature most clearly strengthens your belief in a Creator God? Using a piece of paper and coloring/drawing materials, make a simple sketch of that one thing.
  • Option 3: Use the idea that “death came through sin, life came through Christ” to create a short poem illustrating this concept.

Valuing Scripture in Your Life

  1. Do you think of God as a loving Creator or as a distant and uninvolved deity? What might you do this coming week to reinforce the biblical teaching of God as our Maker and Redeemer?
  2. Pray in groups of three, asking God to speak reassuringly to your heart during the coming week.

Next Week’s Scripture Focus

Romans 1:18; 16:20; Genesis 3:15; 1 Peter 1:19; Mark 10:32-45; Matthew 27:46

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