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    Creation & the Fall

    Lesson Six

    ORIGINS: Small Group Bible Study

    And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and

    between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head,

    and thou shalt bruise his heel.

    (Genesis 3:15 KJV)

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    Photo credits: Hannah GoldsteinSin is what made humans, as well as angels, fall from a perfect

    existence.

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    Intro...1.Welcome God's presence.

    2.Share theBESTandWORSTthing that happened to you

    this week.

    If a need for prayer is expressed take time to pray for that

    individual and need on the spot.

    Key text...And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and

    between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head,

    and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15 KJV)

    Scripture Passages...Genesis 3:1-17; Ezekiel 18:32; Matthew 4:4; 15:3-9;

    Luke 4:1-13; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8, 12-21; Hebrews 4:12;

    1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 2:16; Revelation 22:18-19.

    Todays World...Weve heard the story more times than we can count.

    Satan insinuates that God isnt trustworthy, that Hes

    withholding something desirable. The woman is deceived

    and eats the forbidden fruit. Adam is not deceived but

    impetuously chooses to eat the fruit too. Then they know

    what it is to be fallen, to feel guilt and shame. In terror,

    Creation & the Fall

    Sharing Studying Praying Witnessing

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    they hide from their beloved Creator.

    Thankfully, Adam and Eves story doesnt end with them

    forever separated from God. Rather, God comes walking inthe Garden, calling His friends, and something about His

    appeal brings them out of hiding despite their terror. And

    although they immediately begin making excuses and

    pointing the finger of blame, God makes His position clear.

    They are not forsaken.They are worth redeeming.

    Though there will be drastic, unavoidable consequences

    for their actions, God demonstrates that He is not seekingvengeance. Rather, He wants to save them from sin and its

    effects. On the very day they fall, God reveals His plan to

    take the guilt of humanity upon Himself. He will come to

    this earth, and in human form, suffer the penalty of

    humanitys sins Himself. In the process, He will be bruised,

    bloodied, and killed. But He will also crush the serpents

    head.

    No matter what weve done, we are not forsaken. We are

    worth redeeming. God seeks for us, not to condemn us,

    but to heal and restore us.

    Quickly read Genesis 3:1-15.

    How does the plan of salvation give you value and build

    up your esteem?

    Lesson Impact...Briefly share what points stood out for you in the lesson or

    how the lesson study has influenced you.

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    Decisions...When was the last time you had to make an important

    decision? What process did you go through in doing so?

    Its likely that you evaluated the evidence you were aware

    of. This is critical, but sometimes evidence isnt always

    what it seems.

    Carefully read Genesis 3:4-6.

    Eve was the first person who was deceived by faulty

    evidence. So what is evidence? Evidence is that which isused to determine or demonstrate the truth of an

    assertion.

    Read 1 John 2:16.

    The devil appealed to Eve in three areas: lust of the flesh,

    lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Eve based herdecision on how things appeared. Her desire for wisdom

    and beauty reflect present-day pursuits. The desire for

    self-aggrandizement is evident in popular culture in

    general and the entertainment industry in particular.

    Satan tempts us today in ways similar to the methods he

    used to tempt Eve. What safeguards found in the Bible can

    we apply in these instances?

    What can we learn and apply practically from Luke 4:1-13

    in relation to the last question above?

    In Jesus victory, we also discover the depth of Gods grace.

    Satan came to tempt Jesus at His weakest moment, but

    Jesus did not let him win. By conquering Satan, Jesusgained the victory for us.

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    Spiritual Warfare...Prayerfully read 1 Peter 5:8; Matthew 4:4; and, Hebrews

    4:12.

    Through Jesus experience with Satan, we learn that when

    faced with temptation, the Bible is the most powerful

    weapon at our disposal. Memorization and the use of such

    a powerful weapon will allow us to conquer any foe that

    comes our way.

    Not only must we be on guard, we must look at situationscarefully and realize that things are not always as they

    seem. Lies are mixed with truth to give them credibility.

    Poor decisions are made because they have perceived

    outcomes we find attractive. Take a second look before

    you act.

    Read carefully John 3:16-17 and Romans 5:12-21.

    Compare Gods original design against the current modus

    operandiof society's. How do they compare?

    Reflection...What do we learn from Romans 5:8 and Ezekiel 18:32?

    The life of toil and care . . . was appointed in love. It was a

    discipline rendered needful by his sin, to place a check

    upon the indulgence of appetite and passion, to develop

    habits of self-control. It was a part of Gods great plan for

    mans recovery from the ruin and degradation of sin. The

    fall of man filled all heaven with sorrow. . . . The Son of

    God . . . was touched with pity for the fallen race. . . . But

    divine love had conceived a plan whereby man might be

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    redeemed. The broken law of God demanded the life of

    the sinner. . . . Since the divine law is as sacred as God

    Himself, only one equal with God could make atonement

    for its transgression. . . . Christ would reach to the depthsof misery to rescue the ruined race. Immediately as sin

    entered the human family, Christ stood as Intercessor on

    our behalf. The plan of salvation had been laid before the

    creation of the earth. . . . Oh, the mystery of redemption!

    the love of God for a world that did not love Him! Who can

    know the depths of that love which passeth knowledge?

    Through endless ages immortal minds, seeking to

    comprehend the mystery of that incomprehensible love,will wonder and adore.Ellen G. White, Patriarchs & Prophets, p.63-64.

    Read again John 3:16.

    What was the cost of Gods love?

    How can we, through Gods example, seek to love others?

    What practical things can we learn from these passages

    Matthew 15:3-9 and Revelation 22:18-19?

    The Challenge...Find powerful Bible verses that testify to Gods love andpower and make the effort to memorise them.

    Recommended Reading... Chapter 3-5, Steps to Christ, Ellen G. White.

    https://egwwritings.org/

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    Break into twos or threes and pray for

    one anothers needs, as well as for your

    friends and family...

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    LESSONS ON FAITHLESSON #6: DEPENDING ON THE WORD

    (Living by Faith)

    Living by Faith

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    Faith is the depending upon the word of God only, and

    expecting that word only to do what the word says.

    Justification by faith, then, is justification by depending upon

    the word of God only and expecting that word only to

    accomplish it. Justification by faith is righteousness by faith, forjustification is the being declared righteous.

    Faith comes by the word of God. Justification by faith, then, is

    justification that comes by the word of God. Righteousness by

    faith is righteousness that comes by the word of God. The word

    of God is self-fulfilling, for in creating all things, "he spake and it

    was." And when He was on earth, He stilled the raging sea,cleansed the lepers, healed the sick, raised the dead, and forgave

    sins, all by His word: there, too, "he spake, and it was."

    Now the same One who, in creating, "spake, and it was", the

    same One who said, "Let there be light, and there was light," the

    same One who on earth spoke "the word only," and the sick were

    healed, the lepers were cleansed, and the dead lived--this same

    One speaks the righteousness of God unto and upon all thatbelieve. For though all have sinned and come short of the

    righteousness of God, yet we are "justified freely by his grace

    through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath

    set forth . . . to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins

    that are past, through the forbearance of God." In creating all

    things in the beginning, God set forth Christ to declare the word

    which should cause all things to exist. Christ did speak the word

    LESSONS ON FAITH

    LESSON #6: DEPENDING ON THE WORD(Living by Faith)

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    only, and all things were. And in redemption, which is creation

    over again, God set forth Christ to declare the word of

    righteousness. And when Christ speaks the word only, it is so. His

    word, whether in creating or in redeeming, is the same.