Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are from a study in Genesis.

[These notes are from a study taught more than 40 years ago. The notes are in outline form.]


A cornerstone of our Christian faith and beliefs is the total depravity of man.

This means human beings in their basic quality and person are corrupt, evil and perverted.

It didn’t take long after the “fall” for this depravity to show up in the human race.

(Read Genesis 4:1-25)

The offspring of Lamech (from the line of Cain) were completely and totally depraved. (Genesis 6:5-8)

There was another Lamech from the line of Seth. (Read Genesis 5:28-31)

(Read Genesis 6:8)

Why did God destroy the line of Cain, but show mercy to the line of Seth? (Genesis 4:26)

Through Enoch, the son of Cain, we see man setting up his own society in his own strength.

Through Enoch, the son of Seth, we see man calling on the Lord out of weakness and need.

Enosh means “man in his weakness and frailty.”

The hope of all people is to acknowledge they need God in every aspect of their lives and to call on Him.


We learn several foundational truths through our study of the early chapters of Genesis:

  1. Man has dignity and worth in the eyes of God for we have been made in His image.
  2. Man has meaning to his life…to walk in fellowship with God.
  3. Man has been given limitations of toil, pain, death and subjection to continually bring him back to dependence on God.
  4. Man’s hope is to confess to God that he is weak and frail and in constant need of Him and to call on God for strength and wisdom in this life.

[Thank you for reading these teaching notes from more than 40 years ago. My prayer is they will be a blessing to you and your ministry.]