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1.1 Purpose In Creation

September 4, 2021 • Genesis 2:7–8

The Word of the Lord that was given to the people of Judah through Jeremiah continues to give us encouragement and confidence for what God will do in our future. Jeremiah wrote God’s plans for His people, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV). God has a purpose in our existence and a wonderful plan for our lives. Out of all His creation, God chose us to fulfill His plan in this world. In the words of one of George MacDonald’s characters in David Elginbrod, he said, “I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of. For to have been thought about—born in God’s thoughts—and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, most precious thing in all thinking” (The Complete Works of George MacDonald). Considering all God has done and the great love with which He loves us, we should naturally want to develop a passionate relationship with our God. Group Discussion 1. How did you derive your beliefs about our origin? Have your views changed over the years? Explain. 2. Is there something you have seen or somewhere you have visited that caused you to marvel at God’s incredible creativity? Explain. 3. In what ways would people act differently if they believed in God as the Creator and as the moral authority over all humanity? 4. In what ways are we responsible for the Earth and its many creatures? 5. What is our purpose in the earth and what is our responsibility to God? Purpose in Creation My Prayer for the Upcoming Week How do you want to be different because of what you have experienced today? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

HE WHO SITS ON THE THRONE - 02JAN22

January 2, 2022 • L.J. Harry - PPH • Revelation 22:1–3

LESSON BIG IDEA I will worship the one God who sits on the throne. FOCUS VERSES Revelation 22:1–3 1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him. LESSON TEXT Revelation 21:1–5, 9–13, 21–27; 22:1–5 TRUTH ABOUT GOD Throughout Revelation, God and the Lamb are identified as one and the same.

I AM - 26DEC21

December 26, 2021 • L.J. Harry - PPH • John 8:58

LESSON BIG IDEA I will call on the name of Jesus, recognizing I am calling on the one God of the Bible. FOCUS VERSES John 8:58- Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. LESSON TEXT John 8:39–59 TRUTH ABOUT GOD The Lord revealed Himself to Moses and to the first- century Jews as I AM.

REJOICING WITH GREAT JOY - 19DEC21

December 19, 2021 • L.J. Harry - PPH • Luke 2:10–11

LESSON BIG IDEA I will embrace the joy Jesus gives because He was born to be my Savior. FOCUS VERSES Luke 2:10–11 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. LESSON TEXT Matthew 2:7–12; Luke 2:1–20 TRUTH ABOUT GOD God manifested Himself in flesh to save us from our sins.