Cultivate Lesson 16          

Review from last week
1. Why is family so important?  How we treat and interact with our family sets a pattern for how we will engage with our future spouse and family.
3.  Seed thought: 

Love is a walk that you have to walk in the family.

 

Students write down the blue questions and the red answers.

Title: What Does it Mean to Be Human

1. What do we have to know about ourselves?  God created us and we have a purpose.

If we don't understand these two truths we can start believing the evolutionary theory that the world is just naturally a survival of the fittest.  What about this thought:  humans are just matter in motion,  "you are what you produce", "you are what you consume".  If people believe that then less productive or consumptive people are less human.

2. What does it mean to be human?  humans think for themselves and can rationalize right from wrong

Do pleasure, money, and fame sum up what it means to be human?  If not, is there more out there? Can each human be valuable?

3.  Isn't there more?  Yes, humans also posess a spiritWe are triune beings.  As Christians I like to say it like this:  I am a spirit, I have a soul, and I live in a body.      More about Spirit below.

4. Where does our value come from?   It’s hard to put a quantitative value on a human life. No ransom amount, no dollar amount will do. The closest measure of human value we can see is Christ giving His life for human kind. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. If God saw value in humanity then we are valuable "in Christ".

5.  Seed thought:  It's only when our identity is rooted in what God made us to be that we will truly understand what the good life is all about. 

You may be thinking I know this already. What you may not realize is how your belief in this one reality,  Christ shed his blood, died, and resurrected for all mankind, makes a tremendous effect on how we view the value of life.
So many ideas that people fight for are based out of an evolutionary world view. If someone believes that there is no Creator or that the Creator is a distant hands off God, then the value of human life is no longer based on God’s love.

6. What do we base our life upon? God's love John 3:16 for God so loved the world that's humans that He gave His only Son.

It is left up to society to decide. Some evolutionist put humanity in the same category as animals. Thinking like this is what justifies concepts like abortion, genocide, and other ideas that call for the elimination of “unwanted” or “inconvenient” life.
Even morality and ethical issues like adultery, slavery and the like are easily justified when you already classify humanity along with animals. Matter of fact, the whole concept of classifying races as superior or inferior comes from an evolutionary world view

6. What's my part (purpose)? carry a Christ centered world view that sees humanity as priceless.

I am not so much bringing this up to highlight how lost the world is. I bring this up to help you see how vital you are to the world. The world needs people who carry a Christ centered world view that sees humanity as priceless and a very special sacred element of God’s creation.
We are made in the image of God. Remember Genesis 1 and 2. After God created the sky, earth, plants, and animals; he distinctly set man apart as a creation that is made in the image of God. One of the main things that sets us apart from the animal kingdom is that we not only have a body and a soul but we have a Spirit.

7.  How do we connect with God? with our Spirit man ”

Animals have bodies and they even have a emotions but animals do not possess a Spirit. It is our Spirits that connect us to our heavenly Father. Every human on plant earth is made in the image of God and thus has the print of their maker.
All human life is sacred. God is aware of every person and has a desire to bring each person into fellowship with him.

Watch What Will You Say Spoken Word 5min video


CLASS ACTIVITY                      Watch Psalm139:1-18 video
HAVE VOLUNTEERS TAKE TURNS READING THIS PASSAGE ALOUD WHILE THE REST OF THE STUDENTS READ ALONG


Lets read Psalms 139:1-18


O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You./
ASK THESE FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS
Can anyone tell me there favorite verse from this chapter?
According to this passage of scripture, when does God consider human life sacred?
What passages in this scripture reveal how God thinks about us?

 

Why do we need to know about ?

1.  To let others know what is our perspective.

2.  Helps to guide others toward heaven

3.  then we begin to make the right decisions and form the appropriate responses to questions that effect everyday life. Because, in the end, the truth does set us free.  It is our decisions and actions that reveal what we really believe.

     

 

 

Big Question:

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Small Group Discussion

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