1.With blessings come responsibilities! What are some of the responsibilities that you and your church have received because of the blessings available in Christ? How well are you living up to these?
The responsibilities revolve around the same words given to Noah in verse 1. Christians should be fruitful, bearing the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. The world needs to are us living out love, joy, peace, etc. (Galatians 5:22, 23). It is also our task to multiply ourselves in Christ by reaching others with the message of the gospel(Matthew 28:19, 20). When we do, we replenish the kingdom of God on earth, ensuring that the church continues into the next generation.
2.”Into your hand” reflects the earlier part of Genesis, where God gave humanity dominion over the world. What are some ways this responsibility has been misused? How can we do better?
Dominion means that God has invited us into partnership in caring for the earth. Responsible treatment of God’s creation is necessary in this regard. Abuse of animals for the sheer pleasure of it (example: cockfighting) is a misuse of responsibility. Hunting animals to extinction (example: the passenger pigeon) is a detriment to all. Over-fishing of the seas is a known problem. Pollution is a festering issue in some areas.
God’s invitation to exercise dominion still stands. Ask your class to brainstorm ways to do this in a God-honoring way.
3. How can Christians take the lead in promoting the sanctity of innocent life?
God values life and expects us, the crown of His creation, to do the same. Yet the horrors of the Nazi gas chambers, the genocide in Rwanda, and the taking of the lives of millions of the un-born demonstrate a failure to honor life.
There are many paths to a solution. Churches can become actively involved in local crisis pregnancy centers and other organizations that seek to provide help and counsel to those who are considering abortion.
Supporting governmental efforts to stop tyrannical regimes is another avenue. Caring for senior citizens and helping them face the end of life are roles that the church and the individual Christian should embrace.
These are just a few ways to demonstrate our concern (and God’s concern) for life. Expect a wide-ranging discussion.
4.God is a maker and keeper of covenants! What are some covenants we make that we often fail to honor? How can we do better? What will be the result if we don’t?
God expects His people to keep their covenants, their agreements, and their promises (Matthew 23:16-22). When we make any pledge. vow, or promise, we are making a covenant. That means that when we sign a contract to purchase a house or car, we live up to that by making the payments in a timely way. When we take a job, we are making a contract with our employer to give an honest day’s work for the pay we receive. The marriage covenant is also to be kept. The words “till death shall separate us” are words of commitment.
Unfortunately, Christians often are not all that different from non-Christians in keeping covenants. The divorce rate of Christians and non-Christians is about the same. Yet breaking covenants by declaring bankruptcy, get-ting a divorce, etc., should not be embraced too quickly, if at all. Credit and marriage counseling are available. Your church can have ministries that honor God in both of these areas.
5.When we see the rainbow, we remember God’s promise not to destroy the world again with water. Why not use the rainbow to reminds of God’s other promises as well? The next time you look at a rainbow, what other promises of God will you remember?
God has promised in His Word that He will never leave nor forsake His people. He has promised that He will not allow any temptation to come upon us that will be too much for us to bear. God has promised that when we are faithful in our stewardship He will open up the flood-gates of Heaven and pour out a blessing. The ultimate promise God has made is that if we are faithful to Him until death, He will give to us the crown of life.