Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath, April 2, 2022.
Main Theme: Our creation is not an act of chance but rather an act of grace. God loved us into existence.
April 2, 2022
Read Together: Genesis 1:1-4. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What is the significance of the phrase “it was very good” in the creation account?
Apply: Think about the vast power of God, who upholds the cosmos, and yet can be so near to each of us. Why is this amazing truth so amazing?
Share: Your friend says that the earth may have created by God over millions of years. Maybe each day was a thousand or million years. How do you answer your friend?
Read Together Exodus 20:8-11. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: Why is the seventh-day Sabbath related to Creation? How does this connection impact how we keep the Sabbath?
Apply: How by resting on the Sabbath day are we experiencing the rest and salvation that we have in Jesus now and that will be fulfilled, ultimately, in the creation of the new heaven and new earth?
Share: Your friend says that Sunday observance is the New Testament memorial to creation. What do you share with your friend? Hint: Romans 6:3-6 gives us baptism as the memorial to creation instead of Sunday observance.
Read Together Genesis 1:26-29 and Genesis 2:7. Define the main idea of these passages.
Study: What is the connection between these two different versions in regard to the creation of humanity?
Apply: How does the creation story affect your sense of self-worth compared to the theory of evolution?
Share: Your friend asks you, “Since we are made in the image of God” does that give us any responsibility in caring for the planet?
Read Together Genesis 2:15-17. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What is man’s duty toward creation and toward God? How do these two duties relate to each other?
Apply: Think about all that you have been given by God. What are your responsibilities with what you have been given?
Share: Can you think of someone who is searching for a purpose to their life? How can you share some truths from this week’s lesson to give them hope and purpose?