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):
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?

The War on Sin

Why I Must Fight My Sin:

  1. Because my sin Dishonors God. (Col 3:5)

  2. Review: Psalm 16

  3. Because my sin Brings serious consequences. (Col 3:6)

  4. Review: Romans 6:1-2

  5. Because my sin Belongs in the past. (Col 3:7-10)

  6. Because my sin Ruins relationships. (Col 3:8-11)
  7. Review: 1 Cor 10:13

Guest Speaker - Taylor Brown

Guest Speaker - Taylor Brown

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Colossians 3:5-11

  1. When you sin, what are you telling God with your actions? Why do we at times

    believe that sin is more satisfying than God? Why can sin never compare to a

    relationship with Christ?

  2. Even though we are new in Jesus, why do we choose to go back to our old ways

    of living? How can we fight against the temptation to go back to the old self?

  3. Does sin only ever affect us? How does it hurt other people? How can we help each other to fight against sin?

Breakout Questions:

  1. Confess the recurring sin(s) in your life that you struggle with. Pray for one another and develop an accountability plan to grow in your support among each other.

Confession: The Heart of the Matter

Three Questions About Jesus You Have to Get Right

  1. Do I understand the MAN ? (Mk 8:27-30)

  2. Do I understand the PLAN ? (Mk 8:31-33)

  3. Have I made him PERSONAL ? (Mk 8:29)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 8:22-33

  1. In Mk 8:29, Jesus made the issue about Him personal ("Who do you say that I am?"). How would you explain to someone what it means to make Jesus "personal"?
  2. Why did Jesus not want His disciples telling people He is the Christ?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.