The Story of Sin - God is a Gracious Redeemer


Sermon Summary: In Genesis 3 we read about Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God’s gracious rule as they believe the lie of the serpent. They chose to worship creation over the creator and the consequence was death. Their relationship with God, others, and the world are ravaged by sin. This pattern of sin infected the entirety of the human race and we see in Genesis 4-11 how it continues to corrupt and wreak havoc on the earth. But in the mess of human sin, we discover a God who is a gracious redeemer. From the very beginning, we see his intention to set the world right again and one day he would through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Memory Verse: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Genesis 3:6–7 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 3. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - How can you identify with Adam and Eve in this story? In what ways do you see this same pattern at work in your own heart?
  3. Prayer and Application - In Genesis 6 we see that God is deeply saddened by sin (he is present with us in our suffering) and yet is committed to dealing with it (he is powerful to overcome our sin and shame). Do you take sin seriously (both in us and in our world) and grieve what it does to God and his creation? What grieves your heart about sin’s effect on the world around you? What grieves you about sin at work in your own heart? Spend some time praying and asking God to align your heart with his. Slow down to confess your sin to God and receive his forgiveness offered in Christ.

Kids Worship Questions

  1. Read Genesis 3. What do you find most interesting about this story? Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
  2. What were Adam and Eve saying about their love for God when they chose to obey the serpent above God? Can you relate to any of the actions you see Adam and Eve doing in this story?
  3. Although each one of us is born sinful and will continue to sin against God, God is a gracious redeemer to us. When we confess our sin to him he forgives us because of Jesus. Take a minute to confess to God your own sin and trust that He forgives you because of Jesus sacrifice on the Cross.