Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"A Marriage Made in Heaven" - Genesis 2:18-24 (September 28, 2014)

1. Have someone in the group read the passage.
2. What have been some of the positive refrains God has made throughout Genesis 1?
3. There is a phrase that stands out as very different from what we've previously heard, what is it?
4. Why is it difficult for us to be known?
5. How does a relationship, like marriage, free us to be known?
6. What is marriage a foretaste of? Read Revelation 21 and talk discuss the implications of that passage for us today and for what we anticipate.

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Why Life is (Very) Good" - Genesis 2:4-17 (September 21, 2014)

1. Have someone in your group read the passage.
2. We often speak, rightly so, of our identity being "in Christ." How does this passage give another aspect to our identity?
3. Why is it a privilege to be a creature of God?
4. Think specifically about your context: How can we be responsible Christian workers?
5. What are the ways that this passage gives us freedom to live as humans made in God's image?

Monday, September 15, 2014

"The Image of God" - Genesis 1:27-28 (September 14, 2014)

1. Have someone read the passage out loud.
2. Why do the answers to questions about your story, value, and identity matter?
3. How does the world assign value and worth to humans?
4. According to the text, who are the people assigned with value?
5. If every human life has dignity, how does that change our interaction with others?
6. What function do we have as a result of being God's image bearers? Try and be specific to your setting.
7. Read Romans 8:26-30. What does this passage tell us about our image bearing (specifically v. 29)?
8. How can this future promise effect how we live today?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Restoring Wonder" - Genesis 1:1-27 (September 7, 2014)

1. Have someone read the passage.
2. Ryan quoted, "We are often more fascinated by the things we've created then what we haven't." Why are we prone to take for granted and become dull with the things we're familiar with?
3. God created through the power of his word. What power does it have over our lives?
4. What implications does God's declaration, "very good" at the end of the creation week have upon us?
5. How ought should God's creation stir us?
6. How are we to grow in confidence, cultivate new curiosity, and have new affections based on God being the creator of all things?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Who Gets Your Stuff?" - Luke 12:13-21 (August 31, 2014)

1. Have someone read the passage and open the time in prayer.
2. Why do questions about possessions and money feel so invasive to us?
Ryan defined coveting as, "demanding what is not yours."
3. Thinking about the definition given, what was the problem with the man building a bigger a larger barn?
4. How does the tenth commandment give us insight into the problem?
Ryan defined contentment as, "delighting in what is ours in Christ by grace."
5. What does it mean and what does it not mean to be content?
6. If we are to hold lightly our "stuff," what are we to hold tightly to?
7. Discuss ways that we can practically grow in our holding tightly to Christ and our contentment with what he has given us.