As we continue learning about the G.O.S.P.E.L., let s recap the first two week. We first talked through G- God s Image. That we were created to reflect God s qualities. God made man uniquely in His image and likeness. Then we looked at O- Open Fellowship. That we were created for open relationship with both God and with others. Real deep community and relationships is what God intended for us.
This week we look at S- Sin Introduced. There is no surprise that this world is pretty jacked up. Everyone will tell you that we live in a tough place. And it s only getting tougher. But what people will argue about is what is the cause of this. Some will say a lack of money or resources. If only people had more money in certain parts of the world everything would be ok. Some may say a lack of government structure, so they fight hard to get the right leaders in place. And that goes on and on. But the Bible is clear, what went wrong long ago had to with what happened in the garden with Adam and Eve.
Genesis 3:1-7, 8-13, 14-19, 20-24
Very simply we see what happened in this very important chapter:
- Adam and Eve broke God s law (rule) (v.6)
- They were cut off from the supply of life (physically and spiritually) (v.19,22-24)
- They experienced shame (v.7)
- They run from God (v.8)
This by extension is given to us:
- We break God s laws by nature (birth) and choice= sin
- We are cut off from the supply of life- death in this life and death eternally
- We experience shame
- We run from God
Though we were created to reflect God s character and to be in deep relationship with Him, sin has presented a problem., because God is Holy.
But Jesus has come to reverse what Adam and Eve did:
- He perfectly kept all God s laws.
- He was cut off from the supply of life (God) so we never have to.
- He experienced shame, nakedness on the cross, on our behalf
- He brings us near to God, into His very presence by His blood.
- Based on what Adam and Eve did how would you define sin? Read 1 John 3:4, how does the Bible define sin?
- Adam and Eve shifted the blame for their sin. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. What do you do when you are caught in sin? Why is it important for us to take ownership of our sin?
- What is your response when you feel guilty or ashamed? Run away from God? (like Adam and Eve) Or run to God?
- How has Jesus dealt with our sin? (2 cor. 5:21) Our guilt? (Though he had no guilt He took our punishment- Acts 13:28)
- Let s pray that God would reveal to us our sin and that we d run to Him and confess it (1 John 1:8-10)