Main Theme: The Bible does not teach the natural immortality of the soul. The soul is mortal until the resurrection, when those who are saved put on immortality. See 1 Timothy 6:15-16, and 1 Corinthians 15:51-54.
Read in Class: Genesis 1:24-27 and Genesis 2:7, 19. Discuss the main idea of these passages.
Study: What are the similarities and differences between how God created animals and humans?
Apply: How close and personal did God get in creating man? In what ways were mankind made in the image of God?
Share: Your friend says that the Bible appears to be sexist in the way it portrays male and female roles. What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: Ezekiel 18:4 and Matthew 10:28. Discuss the common thread of these texts.
Study: What do these verses teach us about human nature and the soul? Is the soul that sins immortal?
Apply: When threatened with death if we do not obey man over God, how do these passages help you choose who to remain loyal to?
Share: Your friend says she died for a while on the operating table and saw a bright light which she believes meant she went to heaven for a while while she was dead. How do you respond to your friend?
Read in Class: Ecclesiastes 12:5-7. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Apply: We often say that death is just part of life. Why is that so wrong? Death is the opposite of life, the enemy of life. What great hope, then, is found in this verse: “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:26, NKJV)?
Share: Your friend is reading Ecclesiastes 12:7 and says, “See, this verse says the body dies and the spirit returns to God who gave it. This says that we have two parts: the body and the spirit. So when we die, our spirit goes to heaven.” How do you respond to your friend?
Read in Class: Read in Class, Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, Job 14:12,19. Discuss the main idea of these passages.
Study: What can we learn from the passages about the condition of those who are dead? See also Death in Light of the Cross.
Apply: Are you afraid to die? Why or why not should we be afraid to die?
Share: Can you think of someone who would be encouraged about this week’s study and the hope we have in the resurrection? How can you share this hope with the this week?