Before the Design The Image of God
- Review the memory verse of the week and talk about how it relates to the Truth section.
- Review the Pentateuch, Historical and Poetic books of the Old Testament.
- the Bible, living species do not produce new species, but continue to reproduce their own kind exactly as God designed them.
- Psalm 95:1-7, Psalm 145 – Ultimately, a biblical worldview has to do with how we see ourselves relating to our Creator and living in the world He created. Impress upon your JG that developing a biblical worldview should ultimately lead Christ’s followers to genuine worship and glad obedience as his creatures.
- Truth – Here are the main points about the origins of life that you’ll want to make clear:
- The naturalistic philosophy of secular science makes it predisposed to embrace Darwinism regardless of the evidence against it.
- The main evidences required to verify the truth of Darwin’s theory on the origin of species (life from non-life, transitional species) have not been observed.
- Complex structures (such as eyes) cannot evolve bit by bit over time. The thousands of supposed advantageous mutations needed in the evolution of eyes would actually be disadvantageous and would, according to natural selection, be eliminated.
- Species exhibit a natural tendency to maintain a norm, not change over time.
- The logical consequences of naturalism supported by Darwinism are that there is no God to be worshipped or obeyed; there is no ultimate basis for law and ethics, no inherent value in human life and no life after this world.
- Equipping – You can discuss any or all of these questions. The first question should focus on issues such as the value of human life, the brotherhood of human beings and our responsibility to help or defend the poor and oppressed. The second question also addresses the value of human life in reference to the rest of creation, but also should take into account our responsibility as stewards of the living world. The third question is designed to spark thinking and discussion about how a biblical worldview connects with being ambassadors to a lost world. There is no preferred answer. The point is simply to remind your JG that our spiritual development cannot be divorced from our responsibility to make the gospel known.
- Accountability – Allow time for smaller groups of 2 or 3 to ask accountability questions and pray for one another.
- Mission –Continue last week’s discussion about using The Answer and the Life Issues booklets to bring Jesus into conversation with people. Discuss the conversation that is illustrated in the material. Get your JG to think about creative ways this can be adapted to suit their personality. Ask them to think about what is hard or easy about this approach.