Monday, December 22, 2014

"Joy to the Weary" - Genesis 11:10-12:3 (December 21, 2014)

1. Have someone read the passage.
2. Where do we see weariness in this passage?
3. What makes you feel weary? What is wearying about the world?
4. How is weariness dealt with in this passage?
5. What brings you joy? Think about your day to day life, your actions, your words, etc. and consider what they say about where you're looking to find joy.
6. Where does this passage tell us ultimate joy is found?
7. How can we seek this joy on a daily basis?

Sermon Outline:
MP 1: Walk with the weary
   A: The childless
   B: The fatherless
   C: The homeless
   D: The Godless
MP 2: Welcome Joy
   A: God supplies joy
   B: God multiplies joy
   C: God spreads joy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Christ Came to Save Builders" - Genesis 10:1-11:9 (December 14, 2014)

1. Have someone read the passage.
2. What are some of the ways that we build walls between others? Think culturally, relationally, etc.
3. Read Ephesians 2:11-22. How does Paul speak of Jesus' work regarding the dividing walls between Jew and Gentile?
4. How can we cultivate a community, personally and corporately, that reflects this breaking down?
5. How were God's people seeking to promote and protect themselves in this passage (Genesis 10-11)?
6. What are the ways that we promote and protect?
7. How does Jesus do both these things for us?

Sermon Outline:
1. Building Walls
   a. Between our neighbors
   b. Between our enemies
2. Building Towers
   a. To promote ourselves
   b. To protect ourselves

Sunday, December 7, 2014

"Christ Came to Save Failures" - Genesis 9:18-29 (December 7, 2014)

1. Have someone read the passage
2. How do we see things falling apart in Noah's life?
3. Where do we see in our lives things falling apart?
4. In the passage, we see Noah abusing God's gifts and then abdicating his responsibility, what are the gifts God has given that we're prone to abuse? Are there places where you're abdicating your responsibility? Why?
5. What is the significance of what Ham did?
6. Why do we take pleasure in the shame of others?
7. How does God deal with our shame and our curse?

Sermon Outline:
1. Jesus covers our shame
   a. Abuse of God-given resources
   b. Abdication of God-given responsibilities
2. Jesus carries our curse
   a. Neglect
   b. Disrespect

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"What Now?" - Genesis 8:20-9:17 (November 30, 2014)

1. Have someone read the passage.

2. The very first verse of this passage indicate God’s loving response to Noah’s sacrifice.  What does this tell you about God’s character and his disposition toward you?

3. God established a vision before Noah of a world re-cultivated with life.  In what ways do you see this vision continuing to take shape?  What are elements in our world that give us reason to doubt this is even possible?

4. Where are some places in the passage we see evidence of God’s heart toward man?  Does this encourage you?  If not, why not?

5. How does the hope of Christ secure the vision of the world established in this passage?

6. What are some things we can do to participate in God’s desire to establish a world full of life and divine relationship?