Discussion Guide: Genesis Week 9

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

In general, do you find it find it easy or difficult to trust that people will do what they say they are going to do? Why is that?

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Genesis 17:15-18

And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” 

Do you find it easier, or just as difficult, to trust God to do what He said He will do in your life? Why is that?

Why do you think it is so tempting to grow impatient, or doubtful, when it comes to God fulfilling His promises to us?

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Génesis 17:15-18

Entonces Dios dijo a Abraham: “A Sarai, tu mujer, no la llamarás Sarai, sino que Sara (Princesa) será su nombre. La bendeciré, y de cierto te daré un hijo por medio de ella. La bendeciré y será madre de naciones. Reyes de pueblos vendrán de ella.” Entonces Abraham se postró sobre su rostro y se rió, y dijo en su corazón: “¿A un hombre de cien años le nacerá un hijo? ¿Y Sara, que tiene noventa años, concebirá?” Y Abraham dijo a Dios: “¡Ojalá que Ismael viva delante de Ti!”

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“We will either let our circumstances define who God is in our lives, or we will let the Truth of who God is in our lives redefine the circumstance in which we find ourselves.” 

What are some reasons God might NOT fulfill His promises in the way, or timing, we thought He would?

Has God ever done something in your life in a way you didn’t expect Him to, but now looking back you see it’s exactly what you needed Him to do all along?

How would you define the difference between letting our circumstances define who God is, verses letting the who God is redefine our circumstances?

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Colossians 1:15-17

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  

How does Jesus affirm who God is in our lives?

How would our lives be different if we chose to let the truth of who God is dictate the way we viewed our circumstances?

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Colosenses 1:15-17

El es la imagen del Dios invisible, el primogénito de toda creación. Porque en El fueron creadas todas las cosas, tanto en los cielos como en la tierra, visibles e invisibles; ya sean tronos o dominios o poderes o autoridades; todo ha sido creado por medio de El y para El. Y El es (ha existido) antes de todas las cosas, y en El todas las cosas permanecen. 

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Closing Thought

 

Is there a circumstance you’re going through today that we can stand with you in prayer and encourage you to continue to trust God?

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Pensamientos de Cierre

 

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