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- Think about something you own like a car or a house, or something that you’ve “created”—say, a pan of lasagna, a knitted scarf, or maybe a refurbished Mustang.
- Discuss the implications of ownership: Who does the object belong to? Who determines the purpose of the “creation”?
- If God created the earth and all that is in it—including us—does it all belong to him How might that affect the way we live life?
- What does the creation story reveal about the nature and character of God?
- Did you notice that Genesis 1 and 2 (Acts 1 and 2 in our narrative) emphasize different aspects of God’s character? What do we learn from each? Why might God have told the story of creation from two different vantage points?
- According to Genesis 1-2, we are created beings: formed from dust and yet made in the image of God.
- How might this truth change the way you view yourself? Or how you treat others?
- Discuss the idea that the Garden of Eden was not only a perfect home but also a sanctuary—the place where God intended to dwell and meet with humanity. Does that surprise you?