Gen 3: 1-13
In Genesis 3 we read about the fall of humankind, the moment where Adam and Eve rebelled against God by doing that which He had asked them not to do.
• What does Gen 3 teach you about the nature of Sin?
• Essentially the first sin was an attempt by Adam and Eve (and Satan) to be God.
How do you attempt to be God in your life? (Can look like control, an inability to delegate, or a
Gen 3: 13-18
Upon sinning, we see God comes looking for Adam and Eve in the garden. He brings with him the Good and bad news. The bad news is that sin has cursed the earth and that things will be much harder and more painful than ever intended. But, He also brings the good news that the problem will one day be fixed by Eve’s ‘offspring’.
• What does this passage tell you about the nature of God and his posture towards sinful people?
• What does God’s reaction to Sin teach you about how we should react to sin in
Gen 3: 7-13
In this passage we see two of the most destructive consequences of sin, shame and blame. Shame caused Adam and Eve to ‘hide’ from God and to cover themselves up from one another. Shame then led to blame, as Adam then pointed the finger at God for the problem that had just been created. Shame and blame have a very tight relationship and can form a structure in one’s life that results in judgementalism, condemnation and isolation.
• What does this passage teach you about the relationship between shame and blame?
• How does shame cause you to hide and cover up from God and people?
• Where has shame caused isolation in your life?
• Is there something that you are blaming on others (God or people) that you need to own?
In the beginning God . . .
Read Genesis 1 all the way through
The book of Genesis starts with the premise of God. It shows us that God is an uncreated being, who
has and will exist for eternity.
Gen 1:2, 1:26
The bible tells us that, In eternity past, God has existed in a ‘Trinitarian’ community (God the Father,
God the Son and God the Holy Spirit). Within this Trinitarian community there is a fullness of love,
joy and peace; God has no needs and he lacks nothing.
What do the first two chapters of Genesis personally reveal to you about God?
God didn’t need to create, He wanted to create.
Spend some time as a group worshipping God
Let us make Humankind in our own image.
Gen 1:26-28 – a delegated authority
Humankind (Male and Female) was created to rule over God’s creation. Created in the image of God,
humankind were to create in their own image and thus go forth into the world and make the rest of
the world look like the Garden of Eden.
God also detailed that they were not able to eat from a certain tree in the Garden of Eden. In giving
them choice, God gave them the full capacity to love. In the midst of these ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ God is
showing humanity how the might experience life in all its fullness.
What does the beauty and detail of creation tell you about God’s nature?
What does ‘free will’ tell you about God’s nature?
Reflect on this quote from John Piper:
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.“