Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Flood, the Death Penalty, and the End of the World Youth Bible Study


Lesson 12: The Flood, the Death Penalty, and the End of the World

 

Needed: picture of Grand Canyon (included)

 


Bible Study: Show picture of Grand Canyon. Who knows what this is? The Grand Canyon.


Who can tell me how the Grand Canyon was formed?

 

There are two theories. One is that the Colorado River cut through the Grand Canyon little by little over millions of years. A little bit of water over a long period of time.

 

The other theory is that it was caused by a flood, the Flood. A lot of water over a little bit of time.

But could the Flood really have made something like the Grand Canyon?

 

The Grand Canyon was most likely caused by Noah’s Flood.

 

The next thing that grabs our attention in the story of Noah’s Flood is a couple of things that happen toward the end of the story.

Read Genesis. 9:5-6.

 

 What does God say should happen to someone who kills another human being? They should be killed as a punishment.

 

Why does God demand this punishment? It is fitting to have such a punishment because of the special status humans have. Humans have been made in the image of God.

 

To kill an image-bearer of God is an insult to God. Just like destroying a United States flag is disrespectful to the United States.

 

If God here demands people to be killed for killing other people, why do you think some Christians view capital punishment (the death penalty) as wrong?

 

Read John 8:1-11.  

 

Christians today, following the example of Jesus, tend to emphasize grace and forgiveness rather than punishment and judgment. Some people see this change of emphasis as being the difference of being under the Old Covenant as compared to being under the New Covenant. The Old Covenant, or Testament, stressed obedience to the Law. You were awarded for obeying the Law and punished for disobeying it. Jesus offers us forgiveness and grace for our mistakes and sins instead of requiring us to perfectly obey the rules.

 

Read Genesis 9:8-17.  

 

In these verses, what does God promise not to do ever again? He promises not to destroy the world with a flood again.

 

Does this mean that God will never again destroy the world? No.

 

The Bible tells us that God will one day destroy the world. Then, it will not be with a flood. It will be with fire.

 

Read 2 Peter 3:10-13.


 

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Lesson 12: The Flood, the Death Penalty, and the End of the World

 


Bible Study: Who knows what this is?


 
 


Who can tell me how it was formed?


 

Theory 1 –

 

 

Theory 2 –

 

Read Genesis. 9:5-6.

 

 

 What does God say should happen to someone who kills another human being?

 

 

Why does God demand this punishment?

 

 

If God here demands people to be killed for killing other people, why do you think some Christians view capital punishment (the death penalty) as wrong?

 

 

Read John 8:1-11. 

 

 

Read Genesis 9:8-17. 

 

 

In these verses, what does God promise not to do ever again?

 

 

Does this mean that God will never again destroy the world?

 

 

Read 2 Peter 3:10-13.

 

 

How will the end of the world happen?


 

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