Firstborn

Matt Stone
March 5, 2017

Firstborn

How would you describe your family? When you look back at those family members who preceded you, does it provide some insight into why you are like you are? We are also part of a much larger family: The family of God. If we are truly interested in knowing who we are, we need to dig deeper and go further back. In truth, our family’s story can be summed up in six Bible stories. These stories illustrate God’s interaction with our most important ancestors.

The first chapter of this journey delves into God’s relationship with Adam and Eve. Our goal is to dive deep into this story and hear God’s supremely good intention for all humanity (people, place, and presence) and to recognize that our current brokenness is due to our unwillingness to live within the bounds He has established.

Questions for discussion:

· What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?

· Read Genesis 2 & 3: What lesson(s) do we learn from God’s interactions with Adam and Eve? What does this teach us about who God is?

· What part did the “fall” play in who we are, today?

· How can knowing “who we were” help us to become a better “who we are?”

Do something about it:

Take some time during the next week to Read Genesis chapters 1-3, aloud. Read these chapters like they are a message directly from God to you. Listen closely to the covenant that God makes with humanity. Take a moment to reflect on what that means for you, personally.

Digging deeper:

Genesis chapters 1-3; Romans 5:12-18; Exodus 34:6,7; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 7:21-23