1: What Happened? -Teaching Plan

Key Thought: God created us in His own image so that a loving fellowship could exist between Him and us. Although the entrance of sin shattered the original union, God seeks to restore this relationship through the plan of redemption. As dependent creatures, life takes on true meaning and clarity only when we enter into union with our Creator. 

Prepared by William Earnhardt

April 6, 2021 

  1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:26-27.

A. Ask class members to share the main idea of this passage.

B. What does it mean to be created in the image of God?

C. Personal Application: While even in a sin filled world how do Christians reflect the image of God?

D. Case Study: Your fiend comments, “God said Let us make man in our own image, and even since the fall man has said, No. Let us make God in our image.” Is your friend right? If so how so? What is the solution? 

2. Have a Volunteer read Genesis 2:718-25.

A. Ask class members what is the main idea of this passage.

B. What is the significance of God breathing into man the breath of life? How does that make a soul?

C. Personal Application: What does the passage teach us about how the sexes are to relate to each other. Does this passage also teach that we as men and women have an obligation to care for the rest of God’s creation?

D. Case Study: In a discussion with a “familiar” stranger on the subway he remarks that the soul is immortal and cannot die. How to you respond to your familiar acquaintance? For help click here. 

3. Have volunteer read Genesis 3:1-6.

A. Ask class members to share the main idea of this passage.

B. What did the serpent mean by “you will be like God, knowing good and evil?” After all, didn’t God want us created in His image? What was meant by “knowing good and evil?” Hint: could it be rephrased, “you will know for yourself what is good and what is evil?” 

C. Personal Application: How do we make the same mistakes Eve made when we are tempted? For example the serpent had to first make Eve doubt God’s Word. What else went wrong in this dialogue? 

D. Case Study: Your neighbor claims sin and misery are all God’s fault. After all He allowed for the forbidden tree to be placed in the garden. How do you respond to your neighbor? 

4. Ask a volunteer to read Genesis 3:15.

A. Ask the class what the main idea of this passage is?

B. How does the woman’s seed crush the serpent’s head, and how does this restore us back into the image of God?

C. Personal Application: How has Jesus crushed Satan’s head in your life? In what ways has God restored you by His grace into His own image? 

D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared. ”Ministry of Healing, p. 149).

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