Beginnings – 4: “The LORD is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Theme: Genesis 5 – The Reality of New Beginnings
How do you respond to what Pastor Greg stated: “The idea of people just leaving their life of sin cold turkey is not the human condition?”
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Genesis 6:3, 5-8. God is Patient
- What does it mean to you when it says God would not contend with us forever (verse 3)?
- Why do you think God regretted that He had made man on the earth (verses 5-7)?
- What do you think it was that made Noah appear righteous to God (verse 8)?
Read 2 Peter 2:5-9. God is Protector
- What was true for Noah as opposed to the people living around him (verse 5)?
- How did God rescue righteous Lot from Sodom and Gomorrah (verse 6-8)?
- What does Peter tell us we should be able to expect in tough times (verse 9)?
Read Genesis 6:13-18. God is Provider
- What are you told regarding what God was planning to do (verse 13)?
- What exactly did God tell Noah He wanted him to build, and why (verses 14-17)?
- How was Noah to provide for himself, his wife, his three sons, and their wives (verse 18)?
Read 2 Peter 3:9-13. God is Promise-Keeper
- What does Peter say is true about the apparent delay of God’s promises (verse 9)?
- What two things does Peter say concerning the day of the LORD (verse 10)?
- How then should we be living in light of these facts, as in the days of Noah (verses 11-12)?
- What do we have to look forward to amid the destruction (verse 13)?
- What new beginning are you going to consider making to grow stronger in the LORD?
- How can you share with one other person what this new beginning means to you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, expose the selfish ways we have chosen to live our lives in opposition to Your plan and show us how to begin to make a new start on a Christ-centered life.
Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.
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How would you restate what Pastor Greg said, “God provided a new start for Noah and his family, just as God provides a new start for all of creation?”
- Read I Corinthians 5:14-15. – Our New Foundation
What is it that should compel you to be bold in telling others about your new life in Christ?
- Read I Corinthians 5:16. – Our New Perspective
What is supposed to be different about you now that you have experienced Christ’s love?
- Read I Corinthians 5: 17. – Our New Creation
What might becoming a new creation mean to you in your daily walk as a Christian?
- Read I Corinthians 5:18-19. – Our New Reconciliation
For what purpose has God reconciled you to Himself?
- Read I Corinthians 5:20-21– Our New Mission
How would you describe the role and responsibilities of an ambassador?
Share one thing you find most challenging as you attempt to live as Christ’s representative?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, open our eyes to the mission You have given us to reflect Christ as Your ambassadors, just as though You were speaking directly through us.