Who am I and why am I here?
What is the true source of the brokenness around us?
Is marriage still relevant?
Sex only within marriage—is that realistic?
Do your teens groan when you say, “Turn to Genesis 1–3”? Do they think they know everything there is to know about the biblical account of Creation and the Fall? Do they feel like they’ve heard the story of Adam and Eve a million times?
Genesis 1–3 is a compelling narrative with familiar names but it also deals with hard, profound questions about life—questions that need God’s answers. Foundational answers to basic questions such as Who am I? and What is my purpose? find their starting point in these chapters. 3- and 4-week studies (13 sessions in all). Download a free lesson!
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Sessions in this Study
UNIT 1: In the Beginning (4 weeks)
Q. Who am I and why am I here?
A. Since God is the Creator and I am his creation, the only way to understand my identity and purpose is to live in dependence upon him.
Scripture: Psalm 139:1–18; Ephesians 1:3–6; Psalm 104; Psalm 136:1–9
Q. Why is knowing who God is so important to my identity and purpose?
A. Because knowing that God is our good, wise, all-powerful Creator assures me that I am not here by chance and that I have value.
Scripture: Genesis 1
Q. Do I have worth and value?
A. I am a person of great worth because God created me in his own image, after his likeness.
Scripture: Genesis 1:1–2:1–9
Q. What role did God give his image-bearers?
A. God made people to glorify him by wisely managing, developing, and caring for his creation.
Scripture: Genesis 1:26–31; Psalm 8; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Revelation 4:11
UNIT 2: Living with Purpose (4 weeks)
Q. Who, me—work?
A. Yes, God intended work to be a blessing and privilege for people.
Scripture: Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:1–22; selected passages (printed in Examine)
Q. Is marriage still relevant?
A. Yes, God designed marriage for our good and his glory.
Scripture: Genesis 1:27–28; Genesis 2:18–25; Matthew 19:3–6; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 5:31–32
Q. Sex only within marriage—is that realistic?
A. Yes, sex is a God-created gift for marriage and is intended to glorify him.
Scripture: Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:24–25; Hebrews 13:4; Exodus 20:14; Matthew 5:27–30; 1 Corinthians 6:12–20; Proverbs 5:1–14
Q. Why set aside one day?
A. God created the Sabbath for rest and worship, which points us to the ultimate redemption of creation.
Scripture: Genesis 2:1–3; Exodus 20:1–2, 8–11; Hebrews 3:16–4:4; Hebrews 8–10; Matthew 11:28–29
UNIT 3: Matter of Life and Death (3 weeks)
Q. What does the Garden of Eden have to do with us?
A. It teaches us about God’s good and generous character and our place in the story he created for us.
Scripture: Genesis 1:28–31; Genesis 2:8–17; Revelation 22:1–3, 14
Q. Bait and switch?
A. As God’s and our enemy, Satan uses doubt, deception, and lies to entice us to distrust and disobey God.
Scripture: Genesis 3:1–6; Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:2; John 8:44; James 1:13–15; Matthew 4:1–11; Ephesians 6:10–18; 1 John 1:9; Hebrews 4:15–16; 1 Corinthians 10:13
Q. What is the true source of the brokenness around us?
A. The rebellion of Adam and Eve resulted in spiritual and physical death for everyone—alienation from God, from each other, and from creation.
Scripture: Genesis 3:1–19
UNIT 4: God’s Word of Hope (2 weeks)
Q. Is there hope?
A. Yes, God promised and sent a Deliverer who defeated Satan, sin, and death.
Scripture: Genesis 3:8–19; Ephesians 6:10–12; selected passages (printed in Examine)
Q. Will things ever get better?
A. God promises that our struggles with sin, suffering, and death will end when all of creation is restored in the new heaven and earth.
Scripture: Genesis 3:20–24; selected passages (printed in Examine)