Monday, October 27, 2014

"Life Goes On" - Genesis 4:17-26 (October 26, 2014)

  1. Have someone read the passage.
  2. What are the things that we experience that make it difficult for us to "carry on?"
  3. How would you define common grace?
  4. In this passage where do we see God's common grace / generosity on display?
    1. Where do we see common grace at work in our different spheres (i.e. work, school, etc)?
  5. Why is it important for us to acknowledge the grief that we experience?
  6. From the sermon we heard that sin is an act of replacing what God has given for a lesser alternative, in your life what are the things that you're replacing?
  7. How does worship help us to carry on?

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Life Outside the Garden: Resistence" - Genesis 4:1-16 (October 19, 2014)

1. Have someone read the passage.
2. Where in the passage do we see sin seeking to deceive?
3. What are the lies that you are prone to believe?
4. Sin controlled Cain and through his jealousy murdered Abel, how can we resist sin's control?
5. God warns Cain about the severity of sin, how and when have you experienced warning about looming sin?
6. Why is the doctrine of God's judgment offensive to our world?
7. Why is it important that God is honest when he says that he will judge sin?
8. Where can we look to find hope in the midst of God's judgment?

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Living East of Eden" - Genesis 3:16-24 (October 12, 2014)

1. Have someone in the group read the passage.
2. What are some of the ways we see the ruin of the fall lived out in our world?
3. How does being honest about the ruin that we've contributed to, help us to have compassion with others?
4. Where is faith evident in this passage?
5. Ryan said, "Faith is the holding on to that God will deliver on his word." Where are places in your life that you're struggling to have faith like this?
6. Where, in this passage, do we see the hope for renewal?
7. How does this hope help us in the midst of the ruin?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

"Where Are You?" - Genesis 3:1-15 (October 5, 2014)

1. Have a member of the group read the passage.
2. What are the lies that the serpent tells Eve?
3. As we look out at the world, as we go about our days, what are the lies that we are told and the lies that we believe?
4. Ryan noted that both Adam and Eve looked to blame someone other than themselves rather than considering their own hearts. Who are the people or what are the institutions that we seek to blame for our struggles?
5. Why is it so hard for us to have "discourse" with our hearts?
6. In our hiding, how is it that we have been found? What is the risk of coming out of hiding? What is the benefit?