Old problems ruin new beginnings. What we need to properly change is enduring grace
Scripture: Genesis 9
God will remember, renew and restore those who trust in Him
Scripture: Genesis chapter 8
- What, if anything, struck or moved you about today’s word from the Lord?
- What is the dilemma that Noah, and we have, with trusting in a Holy God?
- How does God’s behaviour during the flood show us that He can be trusted?
- What does it mean in verse 1 when it says, ‘God remembered Noah’
- God recreates in chapter 8 the world he had judged. In what ways does God recreate us when we trust Him?
- What two acts of restoration does God enact at the end of the flood?
- Why does God require the death of a substitute for our mistakes?
- How is the world and life better after the flood than before?
God will not change so we must, we must have faith, the kind of faith which produces obedience
Scripture: Genesis 7
Breakout Session Questions:
- What if anything struck you about today’s word from the Lord?
- What does this chapter show us about God’s unchanging nature?
- Was it unfair of God to have flooded the world of old and judged it? How is that event similar to the events in our own day?
- In what way does God ‘punish’ those who rebel against him? Is His punishment overly cruel or is it giving people what they want?
- What is noteworthy about Noah’s faith? What does that faith look like and what does it produce?
- Did Noah essentially earn a trip on the ark by doing good enough good deeds that God decided to keep him? If not why was he considered righteous in his generation?
- In what way is faith without works useless from today’s passage?
- How can practice faith that produces obedience daily?
Church, grow in love, than you’ll know how to make right choices that glorify God.
Scripture: Philippians 1:9-11
The flood will rage for all of us, so cling to your life raft, cling to faith in Christ
Scripture: Genesis 6
- What if anything struck or moved you about this weeks word from the Lord?
- What is the story about the sons of God and daughters of men really about? How is this problem extremely prevalent today too?
- What was the moral state of the ancient world and how does that show us the devastating nature of the spread of sin?
- Was it right for God to judge the ancient world, or humans in general?
- Did Noah earn God’s grace because he lived uprightly, was blameless and walked with God? If not why not?
- How did Noah cling to his life raft, and how can we cling to ours today?
There are two paths one may choose in life: the path of the self-seeking ends, but the path of those who walk by faith finds grace and compassion
Scripture: Genesis 4:17 through chapter 5
- What, if anything, struck you about today’s word from the Lord?
- Do Cain and his descendants have bad lives because they are bad sinners? In what ways are their lives surprising when we compare them with Seth’s family and descendants?
- Why do you suppose Cain’s genealogy abruptly ends at 7 generations while Seth’s goes 11 and seems than to just continues on indefinitely?
- What does Lamech’s lamentable poem to his wives tell us about the progress of sin over the life of a family?
- What could have kept that sin in check so it doesn’t ruin our families as well? And what can we do to keep our sins in check and even decreasing during our life?
- How do we see grace in the names or in the lives of Seth’s lineage, Seth, Enosh, Enoch, Methusehlah and Noah? What surrounded the lives of this whole family?
- How can we be part of the good seed and the good lineage? Do we have to be born into it, if not what choice do we make to become part of it?
Sin is massively dangerous, and for this reason we really must cling continuously to God’s grace
Scripture: Genesis 4:1-16
- What, if anything, moved or struck you about this message?
- Why do you think God shared this sad train wreck of a story with us?
- verse 7 says ‘sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.’’ What does this tell us about the nature of sin and also it’s intended desire for us? Does God have a purpose as well in allowing sin?
- How is sin here in Chapter 4 so much worse than in Chapter 3? What does this tell you about the nature of sin?
- From this passage how can we avoid the constantly lurking sin that is at our door?
- How is God the solution to this terribly problem?
- Should we be our ‘brothers/sisters keepers’? What would that look like?
‘God understands our weakness, the only solution for our constant failing is His grace’
Scripture: Genesis 3
- What, if anything, struck you about this particular passage and time with the Lord?
- What are some of the things we learned about how and why we are tempted through the encounter that the snake has with Eve and Adam?
- Was the eating of the fruit Eve’s fault or in the long run is Adam more to blame? Why?
- What hidden gems of grace can we find amidst the tragedy of the fall?
- Knowing how and why we are tempted is only half of how we defeat temptation, from this passage what is the other half?
- How does God’s grace and love give us perspective and motivation to avoid and conquer temptation?