|Missions: God’s Heart for the World
God the Seeker
|September 21, 2014|
Welcome to the Fall Quarter of Lighthouses!
For the Week of September 21, 2014
For the purposes of understanding our mission in the world-namely, imitating God’s initiative toward lost people-we stick with just the first nine verses, although you’re wise to read on so that you’re not deterred by questions related to the consequences of the Fall (Gen 3:10).
Sermon in a Sentence: “Our understanding of missions is based on our understanding of God’s loving character. We follow His example into a lost world as His representatives.”
- The Compass Bible Study
- Word Search Answer Key
- Sermon Notes & Discussion Guide FFCA | FFCB
- Passage Guide (all the Scripture referenced in this lesson)
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- When you think of God, what comes to mind? What adjectives or images would you use to describe God’s character?
Read the Text (Genesis 3:1-9)
For the purposes of understanding our mission in the world-namely, imitating God’s initiative toward lost people-we stick with just the first nine verses, although you’re wise to read on so that you’re not deterred by questions related to the consequences of the Fall (Gen 3:10).How were Paul and his companions received in Jerusalem? (21:17)
- What does the serpent do to undermine the harmony of Adam and Eve’s relationship with God (vv. 1-5)?
- Imagine yourself as Eve. What factors would you have been weighing as you decided whether or not to eat the fruit? What do you think entered into Adam’s decision to eat the fruit?
- Do you think it was wrong for them to know good and evil (v. 5)? Explain.
- How does Adam and Eve’s action affect their relationship with each other (compare Genesis 2:25 with 3:7)?
- How does Adam and Eve’s action affect their relationship with God (v. 8)?
- Consider God’s actions in verses 8-10. What do these verses reveal about him?
- In a world of people who are rebelling against God, how might we imitate God’s action toward Adam and Eve?
- What difference does it make in your life to know that God came looking for you-even when you were still a lost sinner?
- Adam and Eve walked away from God because they listened to lies (or at least half-truths). What lies do you see people believing today which separate them from each other and from God?
- Adam and Eve made the choice to sin, yet God, the sinned-against one in this case, still came looking for them. What is our responsibility for taking the initiative in going out after others, even those who have intentionally wronged us or sinned against God?
- Imagine that you’re talking with a friend who insists, “God could never forgive me after all that I’ve done.” How would you use this passage to introduce that person to God’s grace?
- Reflect on a time-either past or present-when something in your life made you want to hide from God. Hear God’s voice saying, “Where are you?” and rejoice that he never gives up in his pursuit.
- Luke’s Gospel focuses on God’s pursuit of things lost. In Luke 15, Jesus tells us of the pursuit of the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost son, all as analogies of the loving God looking for us. Read Luke 19:1-10 and observe Jesus saying, “Where are you?” to Zacchaeus. Celebrate your own found-ness as Zacchaeus did, and memorize Luke 19:10 as your mission.