Big Questions Semester 1 Student Magazine

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Genesis 1:1—2:4; Hebrews 1:3

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(From Genesis chapter 1)

What does the Bible say about the questions above?


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And then God said, ‘Now we will make humans’. God looked at what he had done. All of it was very good!

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God commanded: … let there be light … let there be sky … let there be land … let there be all kinds of plants … let there be day and night—sun, moon and stars … let there be sea creatures and birds … let there be all kinds of animals.


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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was barren, with no form of life … but the Spirit of God was moving over the water.



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Genesis 1:1—2:4; Hebrews 1:3



The Bible tells us God created the world. G e ne s i s tells us who started life and why God made the world. It tells us what he is like and why people were created.It explains that God wants people to live as his friends, caring for the rest of creation.

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Evolution …

is a theory that has been worked out by s o m e scient i s t s . It t ries t o explain how life has developed and changed over time. It says that the many different forms of life on earth have come from one simple life form. Fossils are found all over the world. They show that living things have changed a lot over time. Scientists say that some living things survive better than others and so some kinds of life continue and others die out altogether. Life forms are continually evolving.

What do you think?

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ome people don’t believe what } Sthe Bible says about creation. They don’t believe God is in control.

ome people think there are many } Sthings wrong with the theory of evolution and that it isn’t true.

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→ KEY VERSES In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (CEV) By his own mighty word, he holds the universe together. Hebrews 1:3 (CEV)

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L E S S O N 8 Psalm 23

does GoD really care? Think about! When life gets tough ... The Good Shepherd Psalm 23 (CEV)

God doesn’t seem to do anything!

God seems so far away ...

Does God even care about me?

… does God really care?

1 You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need. 2 You let me rest in fields of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water, 3 and you refresh my life. You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths. 4 I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe. 5 You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honour me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. 6 Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever in your house, Lord.

How does Psalm 23 describe God? Read the psalm carefully. Verse 1 s _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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Draw the kind of scene Psalm 23 makes you think of.

Write about God as shepherd of his people, as an acrostic poem. S H E P H E R D How does Psalm 23 make you feel about God? If you have any questions, ask your teacher.

Would you like to write a prayer to God?

→ KEY VERSE: Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my

life, and I will live forever in your house, Lord. Psalm 23:6 (CEV)


L E S S O N 15

Luke 22–23; Romans 5:10a

Why didJesus die? Opposition and death 2. Governor Pilate

1. The Jewish leaders Why did the Jewish leaders want Jesus to die? Luke 22:70–71

What did Pilate believe Jesus had done to deserve death? Luke 23:13–14

Why did he agree to Jesus’ death? Luke 23:18–25

What did the crowd want to happen to Jesus? Luke 23:18–25

How was Jesus put to death? Luke 23:32–33

3. The crowd

Did Jesus deserve to die? Why and why not? According to the above readings, why did Jesus die? 26

4. Put to death

Luke 22–23; Romans 5:10a

L E S S O N 15


} Jesus’ death was a new } Jesus’ death brought } Why did God allow Jesus to die?

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→K EY VERSE: Even when we were God’s enemies, he made peace with us,

because his Son died for us. Romans 5:10a


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