What did you find enriching, thought-provoking, or troubling about Sunday's teaching?
Everyone has an origin story. Whether we come from adversity or abundance, we've all got a story to tell. To get started this week, please share a few things about your origins that might be unique or interesting.
The one origin story we all share is that we were created by the same loving Father. Luke made the point that our God both Reaches for us and He Teaches us. He stretches out His hand to save and, once we're safe, He trains us up to be whole and mature.
What can you learn from these passages about how God both Reaches us and Teaches us?
What insights did you gain from these verses?
We learned on Sunday that while God has always been loving towards us we've always been rebellious towards Him. This is the true "Original Sin." Not that we are responsible for our parents' sins, but that we have a tendency to sin that originates in our own hearts.
Please read Jesus's teaching on this in Mark 7:14-23. What can you learn about sin from this passage?
Can you think of some ways that these sins originate in your own heart?
Even if you haven't committed them, have you thought about them?
If you're comfortable, please share. Remember that, though sin is frightful, God has planned from the beginning to heal us from those very same sins. Please read about God's original purpose in Ephesians 3:10-12.
What do you understand about God's purpose from this passage?
Is there anything you don't understand? Bringing it Home How would you like to take the things we've studied this week and put them into practice?
This week's study brought up the issue of sin, which can be hard to talk about with others. If you're comfortable, please share about any sins in your life that you'd like to address. Are there any sins you're addressing already that you'd like the group to pray about?