Here's What We're Teaching:
We're continuing in week 2 of our series Continuum, looking at how the Bible is really one continuous story that points to Jesus. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, to our lives today, God has been telling the same story since the beginning. Last week, we said that a world made good reflects a good God's plan. We know that God was there in the beginning, that his plan is good, and that he still has a plan for us today.
We also talked about how in the beginning, there was no pain, no suffering, and man walked and talked with God in perfect relationship. But something happened, and now our world is forever changed. This week, we'll look at Genesis 3 to see what happened — how sin entered the world and fractured everything.
We are exploring the fall, and what it means for the curse of sin to exist in our world. But we have hope because even though sin changed everything, it never changed God. Tonight we'll be looking at how sin destroyed everything, except God's plan.
Bottom Line: Sin Destroyed Everything, Except God's Plan.
- If the world started off perfect, how did things end up becoming so bad?
- Why do you think Adam and Eve were tempted to eat the fruit? (Possible answers: Because of the serpent; because they didn't trust God; because they thought they knew better than God)
- Why was this first sin so important? What effects did it have on the world? On us? (We talked about how sin = separation from God, and how that distorts everything about our world)
- In what ways do you and I think we "know better" than God?
- Read Romans 6:23 together. Can you see how God had a plan since the beginning to fix man's sin problem? Even though sin broke everything, God didn't abandon his creation.