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A Synopsis of the Fall Quarter (September - November 2018) Sunday School Lessons.

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Fall 2018

 

Quarter At A Glance

 by Dougals Redford

 

The word creation is applied to accomplishments in various fields of endeavor. Likewise, the word recreation has a wide range of uses, applying primarily to leisure activities that provide a break from stressful routines.

The lessons for this quarter focus on the uniquely creative and re-creative activity of the Lord God. The lessons are drawn from Genesis, the Bible’s book of beginnings. Genesis is rightly associated with God’s work as Creator. But Genesis also emphasizes God’s power to re-create, to address what happened when His “very good” creation (Genesis 1:31) became very bad due to sin.

The Creator

The first unit of studies consists of five lessons drawn from the first three chapters of Genesis. The opening chapter (covered in lessons 1–3) moves from the general statement of God’s creation of “the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) to the day-by-day record of specific items created, climaxed by the crowning glory of the Creator’s handiwork: the man and the woman created “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27)—which launches God’s gift of the family as well (lesson 4).
Sadly, the Creator must become the confronter in response to the first humans’ sin (lesson 5). The intimacy with God that was Adam and Eve’s privilege to experience was shattered by their choice to heed the destroyer rather than the Creator.

The Re-creator

Even in the midst of confronting Adam and Eve with their wrongdoing, the Creator announced His plan to re-create and to reverse the effects of sin’s curse (also covered in lesson 5). Indeed, the remainder of the Bible is the account of God’s longing to re-create and humanity’s stubborn desire to follow its own path. God had commanded the first couple to fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). By Noah’s time it was indeed “filled”—with violence (6:13)! God destroyed the world by means of the flood and established a covenant with Noah, who “walked with God” (Genesis 6:9), as part of His re-creating program (lesson 6).
Another step in God’s re-creation was His covenant with Abraham (lesson 7). God promised to make of this man a “great nation” (Genesis 12:2). But 25 years passed from the time Abraham and his wife Sarah left home for Canaan to the time when the promised son, Isaac, was born (lesson 8). God then continued to provide for Isaac by guiding Abraham’s servant to Rebekah, who became Isaac’s wife (lesson 9).

The Re-creator’s Challenge

Isaac and Rebekah’s son Jacob appears to put the Re-creator’s expertise to the test. The “sibling rivalry” that began in Rebekah’s womb became much more serious and personal when Jacob negotiated the birthright away from Esau and later (with Rebekah’s assistance) obtained the blessing intended for Esau (lessons 10 and 11).
But the Re-creator’s purposes weren’t thwarted, even by such a clever schemer as Jacob. As Jacob fled from Esau’s revenge, God appeared in a dream and assured Jacob of His continual presence and also promised to bring him back to his homeland (lesson 12). And God was with Jacob, even during the often stormy years in Haran, keeping His word in spite of the maneuvers of Laban, who was every bit the conniver that Jacob was (lesson 13).
Jacob’s life reminds us that the Re-creator has often had to work with some truly “damaged goods.” Let’s be humbly grateful that He is still making “new creatures” (2 Corinthians 5:17) out of the most improbable candidates.

 

Beginnings

Unit 1: The Beginning of the World

 

Lesson 1— September 2—The Firs Days of Creation—Gen. 1:1-13

Lesson 2— September 9—Creations in Sky, Sea, and Land—Gen. 1:14-25

Lesson 3— September 16—The First Man—Gen. 1:26—2:3

 

 

Unit 2: The Beginning of Human History

 

Lesson 4— September 23—God Creates the Family—Gen. 2:18-24; 4:1, 2

Lesson 5— September 30—God Confronts Sin—Gen. 3:8-17, 20-24

Lesson 6— October 7—The Righteousness of Noah—Gen. 6:9b-22

Lesson 7— October 14—The Call of Abraham—Gen. 10:1; 11:10, 27,31,32; 12:1-4

Lesson 8— October 21—The Birth of the Promised Son—Gen. 18:9-15; 21:1-7

 

 

Unit 3: Cataclysm and a New Beginning

 

Lesson 9— October 28—The Marriage of Issac—Gen. 24:12-21, 61-67

Lesson 10— November 4—Sibling Rivalry—Gen. 25:19-34

Lesson 11— November 11—Jacob's Deception—Gen. 27:5-10, 18, 19, 21-29

Lesson 12— November 18—Jacob's Dream—Gen. 28:10-22

Lesson 13— November 25—God's Blessing—Gen. 30:22-32, 43

 


 

  Diligent study of these lessons will not only bless you spiritually, but also aid you in discovering God's plan for your own life.

-John Alva Owston

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