TEXT: Review Quarter Texts
The students, in reviewing, will be able to relate the key point of each lesson of this quarter.
You’ve heard it said that every journey begins with a single step. That first step is very important. It establishes a course of action, and may also reflect courage and determination. First means “foremost in place, dignity, time, excellence, the earliest, most important, chief.” Not all journeys are good, but a great majority hold the hope of a promise to come. We have been studying both types of “firsts” this quarter. As they are reviewed in this lesson, emphasize how one built upon the other as each journey began. Each of these came about because of obedience or disobedience to God.
- Make a list of what God created on each of the six days and explain briefly how the progression of the successive creative acts were perfectly arranged.
Response: Day 1 — Light; Day 2 — Waters divided; Day 3 — Land; Day 4 — Sun, moon, and stars; Day 5 — Fish and fowl; Day 6 — Animals and man. As your students discuss the progression of the Creation, reiterate the fact that the earth was prepared in perfect order for God’s final creation, man.
- In what way is man unique from all God’s other creations?
Response: Man was created in the image of God and has a living soul. As your class discusses these thoughts, direct their discussion to the fact that it was when God breathed into man the breath of life, that man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). This was not done for any other of God’s creations, nor was any other than this creation commanded to “Fear God, and keep his commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
- Temptation is common to man, but God has given a promise to those who serve Him. What is that promise? See 1 Corinthians 10:13.
Response: God has promised that no temptation will be more than the individual can bear, and that with the temptation He will make a way to escape. Help your students rehearse the fact that temptation in itself is not sin, but yielding to temptation is sin, the devil’s desired end result. However, God will give victory to all who love and trust Him. Ask your students what method Jesus himself used to overcome the devil’s temptations (Matthew 4:1-11). Remind them that He is our example. See Hebrews 2:18.
- What lesson can we learn from the example of Noah and his family regarding God’s judgment?
Response: The story of Noah and his family illustrates that God provides a way of escape from judgment for those who turn to Him. Ask your students to identify the judgment and the means of escape in Noah’s case: the Flood being the judgment, and the ark the means of escape. To continue your discussion, have your students parallel this to the judgment facing individual sinners, and the means of escape available to them: eternity in Hell being the judgment, and salvation through Jesus’ Blood the means of escape.
- The builders of Babel failed when they disobeyed God and attempted to create their own security, and make a name for themselves. According to 1 Corinthians 3:9-15, who is the Christian’s co-laborer in building a spiritual house?
Response: The Christian labors together with God. With Jesus Christ as the foundation, we are instructed to take care how we build. God imparts His grace as we serve Him. The Christian must study and apply God’s Word to his life and do as Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation” (Matthew 26:41). God gives His peace and power. See Philippians 4:7.
- Abram had an intimate relationship with God. Because of his noble character and faith in God, James 2:23 tells us he was called which one of the following: a) helper, b) friend, c) brother, or d) father of God? How might a Christian in today’s crowded environment cultivate this same relationship?
Response: He was called “the Friend of God.” Direct your students’ responses to the second part of the question to include a knowledge of God’s written Word, a daily communion with God in prayer and supplication before the Throne of grace, and a carefulness in their attitude and motives.
- Briefly describe the manner in which God called Moses. Then list the similarities and differences between Moses’ call and the call of God to individuals today.
Response: God spoke to Moses in an audible voice from a burning bush which was not consumed. While God’s call comes in different ways in our day, Moses’ call was unique, due to the type of supernatural manifestation which accompanied it. It was similar to God’s call today in that it was specific, it brought about a first reaction of insufficiency, it was unchanging, and it was accompanied by a promise of God’s presence. Your students can be assured that when God asks them to do something for Him, He will be with them.
- The first written Law of God is known as the Ten Commandments. God gave them so that man might live in harmony with Him and with each other. What bearing do they have upon a Christian’s life today?
Response: We know that Christ came to fulfill the Law, not to destroy it (Matthew 5:17). Yet He said by loving the Lord our God with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves that we would be keeping all the Law (Matthew 22:37-40). We cannot do this in our own strength. It is when we walk in the Light that we are able to have fellowship one with another—and it is then that we are cleansed from all sin (1 John 1:7). See 2 Corinthians 3:6.
- Sinful man needs an intercessor in order to come to God. What steps did Jesus take to become our High Priest? See Hebrews 2:17.
Response: Jesus came to earth to live and suffer as a mortal. Then He gave His life’s Blood to atone for man’s sins, and today He sits at the right hand of God making intercession for the souls of men (Romans 8:34). Ask your students who was appointed the first high priest of the Children of Israel. How had this appointment come about? The priesthood of the Israelites was a type of Jesus, our eternal High Priest.
- Most people, unlike Saul, desire to be promoted in the eyes of those around them. Describe the prerequisites for spiritual success and explain where promotion comes from. Use 1 Peter 5:5-6 for a reference as well as the text for this lesson.
Response: In discussing this question, the students should realize that spiritual success requires humility and obedience to God. One must possess humility so that he does not get in God’s way and block his own spiritual success. A successful Christian will consider the Bible his textbook for life.
- God ordained that the children of Levi were to use the tithes for their own sustenance. What are our tithes and offerings used for in the church today? Does God’s blessing given in Malachi 3:10 still apply to us today?
Response: As your students respond with such answers as the printing and distribution of Gospel literature, the building and upkeep of churches and property owned by the church, and the care of the faithful servants of God, remind them of Jesus’ admonition that, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). That in itself is a great blessing, but God gives so much more. A word of caution: We must not think that giving tithes will ensure our having great wealth on this earth. But Philippians 4:19 tells us, “God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Have your class make a list of all the Bible subjects they can remember as having studied this quarter.
Bring several cards on which are printed the key verses from this quarter. On the backs of these cards have various prizes written, such as a bookmark or lifesavers. For each verse that a student can remember, give him a card. At the end of class time the students can turn in the cards for their prizes.
Re-show some of the class openers from the previous lessons. See who can tell you what the lesson was about, or maybe just a main point of the lesson.
On flashcards write the Scripture reference for each past key verse. See which students can say the verse just by seeing the reference. Let every student have a chance.