Genesis

Joseph: Trust.

Introduction:

Ephesians 1:11who works all things according to the counsel of His will

Romans 8:28 - And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Three other factors:

  1. Sin
  2. Time
  3. Purpose

God doesn't cause the evil, but He brings something good from it.

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When I Choose to Trust that God is in Control... (Genesis 50:15-21)

  1. I don't need to be in Control. (Gen 50:19)
  2. I can see the Good He has done. (Gen 50:20)
  3. I am free to just Love people. (Gen 50:21)

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Small Group Discussion

WHOLE GROUP
Read Genesis 50:15-21

  1. Do you believe God is sovereign over all that happens, or just some of what happens? Do you believe man's free will can interfere with God's plan? Be honest. How do your beliefs line up with Joseph's in this passage?

  2. God uses evil done to us - ultimately for good. How can a victim of abuse or rape honestly believe God can and will use that for good?

  3. Name a time that you saw God use the actions of an evil person to ultimately bring something good.

BREAKOUT

Tell of the hardest time you've ever had to forgive someone. How did you do it? Pray for one another that you each can have a heart of forgiveness and trust in God's sovereign will.

Abraham: Faith.

Introduction:

Faith is: Believing the Word of God, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result.

3 Reasons Faith is Difficult. (Genesis 22:1-28)
  1. Faith doesn't make (human) Sense. (Gen 22:1-2)
  2. Faith means Doing hard things. (Gen 22:3-8)
  3. Faith requires Total commitment. (Gen 22:9-12)
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Faith is always Rewarded.

Hebrews 11:17-19 - By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who hadrecieved the promise was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." He considered that God was able from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did recieve him back.

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Small Group Discussion

WHOLE GROUP
Read Genesis 22:1-18

  1. Define “faith”. What are some wrong ideas about what faith is?

  2. Why did God test Abraham (Gen 22:1)? Does God still test people today? Do you believe God has ever tested you?

  3. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done because of your faith?

BREAKOUT
Is there any area YOU have struggled to be “100% all in”? Be honest, encouraging, and judgment-free! Pray for one another to over-come that struggle area of faith.

Imago Dei - In His Image

Does God Need A Little Help From His Friends?

Intro:
 Eccl 3:11
 Genesis 1:26 - 

QUESTION: Are we made in HIS image or is HE in our image? We will decide either by Observation or by Revelation. (Prov 29:18)

Exodus 32

The Israelites tried re-making God and they got a Holy Cow! What did you get?
Bob Huber - North Street Christian Church

Bob Huber - North Street Christian Church

Four spiritual pointers to help you live IMAGO DEI:

  1. God does not have a Self - Image problem!
  2. God's created spiritual image in man has become Tainted since the fall
    • God's image does not need Redeemed.
    • God’s Image in Me does need redeemed.

    Review: Isaiah 6:1-8

  3. The image of God is Perfected in the Gospel of His Son – Jesus Christ
  4. Review: John 14:8-9 | John 8:54-58 | Colossians 1

  5. The Church is the chosen vessel to portray God as He presents Himself.
  6. 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

  7. Imago Dei – a serious call and mission! So does God need a little help from His friends? The answer is to OBEY HIM!

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Imago Dei Small Group Discussion Starters:

  1. Listen to the David Crowder Song PRAISE THE LORD.
    Discuss: In what ways have you tried to shape God into the image you imagined/wanted Him to be? In what ways has God not met you expectations? In what ways has He proven Himself to be better than you imagined?

  2. Read Ecclesiastes 3:11. What does it mean that God has "put eternity on our hearts?"

  3. Discuss: What are the ramifications of shaping your worldview BY OBSERVATION versus BY REVELATION?

  4. Read Colossians 1:15-20. Find and discuss the various qualities, roles and positions attached to Jesus. What does He have to do with us understanding the image of God? See John 14:6-14.

  5. What role does the church play in Imago Dei? "We are not here to refine the image of God, we are here to reflect the image of God." See 2 Corinthians 2:14-16.

  6. In C.S. Lewis's Prince Caspian, Lucy (the youngest of the children) says to Aslan (the lion who is the Christ figure) upon seeing him after a period of absence: 
       Lucy to Aslan - "You're bigger."
       He answers, "That is because you are older, little one." 
       "Not because you are?" she responds. 
       "I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger." answers Aslan.
    Discuss: Are you finding God to be bigger and more satisfying as you continue to grow in the faith?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another

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?

Tower of Babel

Population Dispersion

(Genesis 11:1-9)
  • Man Proposes (Gen 11:1-4)

  • God Disposes (Gen 11:5-8)

  • Note from Moses (Gen 11:9)

  1. What's Wrong with building a tower?


  2. What did God Do about it?


  3. What Resulted from God's intervention?


  4. What did we Learn at Babel?

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Genesis 11:1-9

  1. What was man’s plan in Gen 11:3-4? Why was this plan wrong/sinful?

  2. Why did God command man to fill the earth (Gen 9:1, 7)? Why is having all mankind together "under one roof" a bad idea?

  3. In verse 6, God said, "...nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them". What does that mean? How did God separate them? How was the dispersion beneficial for man?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another's needs.