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Greg Brothers is an Adventist pastor in Oregon.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Adam & Eve

This week’s lesson provides an overview of this quarter’s topic: the family. As such, it can be thought of as one, long, run-on sentence – something like this:

“The church is ‘a family of families’ . . . which is appropriate, since God created families . . . not that it’s necessarily wrong to be single – in fact, the Bible gives examples of all kinds of families (and not just the “traditional” or “nuclear” family) . . . and both Jesus and Paul said some things about families that might seem kind of harsh . . . but when all is said and done, a loving family is a good thing to have.”

True enough . . . but certainly not the kind of thing that’s easy to teach (much less discuss).

So don’t even try.

Instead, pick just one tiny piece of this week’s lesson – say, Sunday’s lesson on the origin of families (Genesis 2:18ff). Read through these verses with your class, and explore the following questions:

1. Why did God create Adam? What was his job before Eve came along? Why wasn’t his job enough to keep him going? When have you found that “it is not good for [people] to be alone”?

2. Why was Eve created – and why was it important that she was made of “the same flesh” as Adam? What does it mean that “they were naked and not ashamed?” What do these verses tell you about the purpose of marriage?

3. When Adam and Eve both sinned, how did this immediately affect their relationship with each other? How did this affect their relationship with God? What did God do to help this situation – and how does God do the same for you today?

4. What did God say would be the lasting results of sin on married life? How is this still true today? What (if anything) can be done about this?

Pastor Greg

And remember: “The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocense” – Bruce Springsteen.


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