Community Group Questions 4-19-15

Weekly Tip:

Have your group come up with an idea for a service project this week.  Commit to doing a project before the end of the season or during the summer break.  Let's be creative!

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Sermon Title:

Murder in the Garden, Part 3: The Betrayal

Main Text:  Genesis 3:1-8

Topics:

  • The snake is trying to trick Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. This is the mother of all sins. All sin that happens stems back from this first act of rebellion. So we can see the DNA in that mother sin, in our sins too. If we can take a look at how the snake tried to trick Adam and Eve, we can learn how we can avoid the same traps.
  • All through this story, God is referred to as the “Lord God.” In Hebrew that is Yahweh Elohim (ya’ wey; el lo heem’). Yahweh is the personal name of God. Elohim is more like the general word “God.” The difference would be if you lived in a country with a King George. George is the personal name, like Yahweh. King is the general name, like Elohim. The name Yahweh shows God’s intimate relationship with His people. But we cannot confuse something personal with something casual. It was so sacred to God’s people, that for most of Israel’s history they would not say the name outloud.
  • Interestingly, Lord God is always used to describe God, but the snake changes that. He uses simply “God.” Eve then follows that same pattern in her speech. Everywhere else in the story the personal name is used. The narrator is wanting us to see this detail.
  • The first part of the Evil One’s strategy is to get Adam and Eve to think of God as distant not personal.
  • Secondly, Adam and Eve reveal their perspective of God’s command about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They minimize the freedom God has given them. God said emphatically “you may surely eat of every tree.” Eve says, “we may eat of the fruit of the trees.”
  • Also, Adam and Eve minimize the consequences of sin. God said, “you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”  Eve says, “you shall not eat… lest you die.”
  • Lastly, the serpent paints God in a bad light. He presents God that he is threatened and trying to hold them back. He says, “God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…”
  • These tricks happen to us all the time:
    1. God think of God as distant and impersonal.
    2. We minimize the freedom He has given us.
    3. We minimize the consequences of sin.
    4. We can get to a point where we question God’s motives towards us.

Announcements & Questions:

  • Missions Trips Deadline -  You need to register this week, on the West Pines site, to get involved in either the Haiti trip June 11-16, or the Guatemala trips July 23-29.  Contact Steve Englund at (954)604-2440 with any questions, or e-mail at steveenglund@westpines.org.

  • Be A Part Of Our Next Baptism Celebration

    We will be celebrating baptism on Sunday 5/3. We want to invite you to be a part of the celebration too!  To sign up, just write “baptism” on the back of your Connection Card. If you have been baptized, this is a great opportunity to volunteer to help out during the service. To volunteer, write “baptism volunteer” on the back of your Connection Card.

  • Mobilization Sunday:  Change the life of a Child

    On Sunday, April 26th, you will have the opportunity to sponsor children from three

    different organizations (Vision of Hope Ministries in Haiti, Sheltering Wings in Burkina Faso, and Compassion International all over the world).  Along with sponsorship, there are other opportunities to invest in their lives, like sponsoring a student’s Christian school tuition.  Monthly sponsorships range anywhere from $28 to $45.

  •  UNLEASHED, our Student Summer Mission Camp is  June 22-26, when our middle and high school students will be serving our community. This local sleep-away camp will give students the opportunity to grow in their relationship with God, build lasting friendships, and earn up to 100 volunteer service hours! To register or find out more, visit www.unleashed.camp.

  •  MEN: New Study Is Starting Soon

    We’re starting up a new 5-week study in our Men’s Ministry on the book of Galatians, designed to help you lead and equipping you to teach others. We’ll kick off the study with a Guys Night Out on Monday, April 20 at 7pm with free pizza and Flanigan’s wings. This is a great opportunity to get to know other guys and be encouraged for the week ahead.

AND NOW.... THE QUESTIONS...

  • HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?

  • ICEBREAKER: What fictional villain do you think is the most crafty and devious?

  • READ: Genesis 3:1-8

  • Let's review some of the tricks the Snake uses to deceive Adam and Eve?

  • Why do you think The Snake uses only the generic name (Elohim) for God, instead of the personal name of God (Yahweh Elohim) ?

  • How is it different when we think of God simply as a distant impersonal idea, rather than intimately involved in our lives?

  • We discussed the use of “personal names” vs “casual names.”   What are those differences, and how does this come into play in our relationship with God?

  • Listen to God’s command and Eve’s rendition of God’s command and listen for differences: Read Genesis 2:16-17 and then Genesis 3:2-3. What were some of the differences you heard?

  • What in Eve’s rendition shows that Adam and Eve are minimizing the freedom they have in God?

  • How do we do that in our lives and what is the danger of that?

  • What in Eve’s rendition shows that Adam and Eve are minimizing the consequences of sin?

  • How do we do that in our lives and what is the danger of that?

  • Why is sin only desired when God is distorted?

  • What are some areas that Christians commonly fall into sin because they are forgetting who God is?

  • Considering these 3 questions   1) Am I minimizing the brilliance of God's ways?

                                                            2) Am I minimizing the destruction of sin?

                                                            3) Am I minimizing God's passion for me?

    where would you say you may need to reset your thinking ?

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