Discussion Guide: Genesis Week 4

PRAYER

Take the first few minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.

Today’s Discussion

This week we continue our series titled Genesis, where we will be walking through the first book of the bible by the same name. We will be exploring who God is, what was His purpose in creating the world and humanity, and how, in the midst of all the brokenness our sin has brought to His creation, how is God putting it all back together again. I want to challenge us over the course of this series to think deeply, speak honestly, and perhaps even learn how to love more passionately. Let’s get started with the beginning.

Discussion Questions

 

What is the nicest, most loving thing you have ever done for someone?

What is the meanest, most hurtful thing you have ever done go someone?

Why are we so much more willing to share our answers to the first question than the second?

Preguntas en Español

Cual es la cosa más buena y amorosa que has hecho por alguien?

Cual es la cosa más mala y dolorosa que le has hecho a alguien?

Porque estamos más dispuestos a compartir las respuestas a la primera pregunta que a la segunda?

Ravi Zaccharias

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. –”

Why do you think we, and so many others, make sinful choices even though we know the difference between right and wrong, and in most cases are aware of the consequences?

Why is it so easy to justify and rationalize our sin?

In the end, what does sin always result in? Why is that?

Preguntas en Español

Ravi Zaccharias

“El pecado te llevará más lejos de lo que quieres ir, te mantendrá allí por más tiempo de lo que quieres quedarte, y te costará más de lo que quieres pagar.”

Porque crees que nosotros, y muchos otros, tomamos decisiones pecaminosas, aunque sabemos la diferencia entre lo bueno y lo malo, y en casi todos los casos sabemos las consecuencias?

Genesis 4:3-8

In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. 

 

Why would God reject Cain’s offering, but accept Abel’s?

What does it take to have the heart of Abel rather than the heart of Cain?

Preguntas en Español

Génesis 4:3-8

Al transcurrir el tiempo, Caín trajo al S eñor una ofrenda del fruto de la tierra. También Abel, por su parte, trajo de los primogénitos de sus ovejas y de la grasa de los mismos. El S eñor miró con agrado a Abel y su ofrenda, pero no miró con agrado a Caín y su ofrenda. Caín se enojó mucho y su semblante se demudó. Entonces el S eñor dijo a Caín: “¿Por qué estás enojado, y por qué se ha demudado tu semblante? Si haces bien, ¿no serás aceptado? Pero si no haces bien, el pecado yace a la puerta y te codicia, pero tú debes dominarlo.” Caín dijo a su hermano Abel: “Vayamos al campo.” Y aconteció que cuando estaban en el campo, Caín se levantó contra su hermano Abel y lo mató. ‘

Que es necesario para tener un corazón como el de Abel, y no como el de Caín?

Closing Thought

Knowing our sinful desires & choices deserve God’s justice, and yet in Christ we have received God’s grace and love, how does that free us from the heart of Cain and enable us to live with the heart of Abel?

Let’s take a few minutes to pair up and pray for one another. Pray for those areas where you are, or might be tempted to be, envious or jealous or begrudging and ask Jesus’ blood to speak a better word. 

Preguntas en Español

Pensamientos de Cierre

 

Sabiendo que nuestros deseos y decisiones pecaminosas merecen la justicia de Dios, y que aún así en Cristo hemos recibido la gracia y el amor de Dios, como saber eso nos libera de tener un corazón como el de Cain, y nos ayuda a tener un corazón como el de Abel?

Tomemos unos minutos para juntarnos y orar unos por otros. Oren por esas áreas donde están o tienen tentación de estar envidiosos o celosos, o refunfuñando, y pidan que la sangre de Jesús les de una mejor palabra.



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