Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read Genesis chapter three, focusing on verses 6-21.  Who is a part of this scene in history?  What do you know about each person involved, considering only what you’ve learned about them in the previous chapters of Genesis?

  • What was it about the fruit that so tempted Eve?  What was Adam’s influence in Eve’s decision?  What was the very first effect of sin?  What was Adam and Eve’s response to God following their sin?  Considering only this chapter; how did their relationship with God change?

  • What was the line of accountability in which God addressed what happened and by which he pronounced the curse?   From this passage; what areas of life were affected?  How were they affected, specifically?

  • What was God’s promise to the serpent?  What reasons did God give for reprimanding Adam? 

Prayerfully Meditate

  • Consider how fundamental this chapter is to the rest of Scripture, to our understanding of God, and our understanding of ourselves.  What reasons have you heard, or possibly made, for excusing or overlooking this portion of Scripture?

  • How do you see the effects of sin at work in your own life, considering the areas of life that were mentioned specifically in this passage?

  • In what ways do aspects of our culture either magnify or attempt to ease these effects of the curse?   In what specific ways do you recognize that you’ve been most affected by any particular aspect of the curse? 

  • Reflect on God’s commands and specific direction for your life and how you have responded to him.   How have you justified any disobedience in your own life?  Prayerfully reflect on this and repent of any sin that comes to mind.