Grace in the Garden

Introduction / Context:


Romans 1:21-22 - "For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools..."

Ephesians 5:25 - "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her..."

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5 Examples of Grace Displayed at the Fall (Genesis 3):

  1. Grace is Exclusively for Humans. (Gen 3:14)
  2. Grace promises Ultimate Victory. (Gen 3:15)
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:57 - "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

  4. Grace permits Continued Creation. (Gen 3:16)
  5. Grace leaves us Frustratingly Fallen. (Gen 3:17-19)
  6. Grace gives Accessible Life. (Gen 3:22-24)
  7. 2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

    Revelation 22:14 - "Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates."

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read
Genesis 3

  1. The Fall is possibly one of the most basic and well known stories in the Bible, and yet there's so much depth here. Discuss some of the complex concepts you've learned from this story.

  2. It has been said before that most people suffer from two problems: failing to see how big their sin is and failing to see how big God's grace is. Do you believe this? Why or why not?

  3. Describe a time where you have experienced God's grace in your failures.

Breakout Questions:

What is causing you to be distant from God right now? How are you going to respond to His grace?