Why Are We in This Mess?
The Point: We ruined a perfect relationship with God through our sin.
Get Into the Study
Use the following illustration and question as an alternate to Question 1 and the introduction printed in the Personal Study Guide.
This past week the world watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle where many wonderful things occurred, people cheered, and in the end Harry and Megan were married. However, have you ever thought about all that could have wrong? What if the bakers forgot a few pounds of lemons for the cake, or one of the children had a meltdown, or the dress got a stain? On the Queen’s wedding day, her tiara broke and had to be repaired before the ceremony could begin. Can you image who might have been blamed for that mistake!
Have your group think back to their own wedding days or to a wedding they have attended. Ask for a few people to share some of the mistakes, mishaps, or missteps that occurred.
The reality is that when unexpected things happen, our natural response is to blame someone else for the mess we are in. The lesson for this week focuses on a time in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve began blaming each other and the serpent for a decision they made themselves. As your group shares wedding stories help turn the conversation to today’s text in Genesis.
Dr. Beth Masters works with college students at Mississippi College where she is the Director of Christian Life and Ministries. She has a PhD in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Beth loves young adults, baking, and coffee.
Get Into the Study [Optional Activity]
The following teaching idea is found in the Young Adult teaching plans.
In advance, collect a set of instructions and block out random sections (a recipe, furniture instructions, a game, or something similar). Share this with your group. Ask, “What can we expect to happen if we only follow parts of these instructions? Does this affect your ability to enjoy the product?” Allow time for responses. Explain that having a complete set of instructions is valuable. In today’s study, Adam and Eve were fully informed on God’s instructions for their life in the garden of Eden. They failed to follow the instructions God had given them. With this decision, they sinned against God.
Click here for a set of ready-to-use instructions with unreadable portions: How-to-Play-UNO-Blast-
Use this illustration at the beginning of the Live It Out section.
On Saturday, May 19th, American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry of England, and millions of viewers across the world tuned in to watch the ceremony. Across social media, American viewers shared their excitement. Some shared photos of waking up at 3:00 am to watch the wedding, making crumpets and tea, and enjoying the festivities. The wedding was beautiful—and people loved it because it felt like a fairy tale.A perfect ending to a love story. A perfect beginning to new a marriage.
Adam and Eve had the most perfect beginning to their marriage. They were given to each other by God to live in a beautiful garden with everything they needed—forever! Talk about a fairy tale! But then sin entered the world. God had provided them everything the needed, but after almost no time at all, Satan came in to attempt to destroy their relationship with God, and they sinned. They became ashamed and fearful. But God, despite the punishments he handed out to Adam and Eve, continued to love them, and from that moment on, set in motion events that would lead to Jesus coming to earth to rescue humanity from its own fallen nature. We may be fallen, but we are not alone.
- How many times a day do you think you sin?
- Are there sins we often think of as “not a big deal”?
- What should our response to our own sin be?
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- When what the last time you were tempted to eat something you were trying to avoid?
- When have you had fun making a mess?
- What’s the worst part about cleaning up a mess?
- What three rationalizations did the woman make in deciding to disobey God?
- How do we try to be like God?
- When have you felt like God was holding out on you?
- How does it make you feel to know there is no hiding from God’s presence?
- Where do you see good news in these verses?
- How did God provide hope in the middle of Eden’s mess?
- In what ways did each judgment relate uniquely to each party’s sin?
- Why is it good for sin to have consequences?
- How has God used the consequences of sin to get your attention?
Send the following link to your group members as either a teaser before the group meets or as a follow-up thought:
Here’s a brief video giving you an overview of this session: Why Are We Here, Session 2 Video