Week 4 || Genesis: My Brother's Keeper
Text: Genesis 4:1-16
Conversation Starters help us dig deeper, connecting Sunday’s sermons with our everyday lives. These prompts have been designed to help Community Groups grow in their relationship with God, with one another, and with their neighbors.
In Genesis chapter 4 we see just how quickly sin disintegrates all of life, culminating in the first murder. In these verses, sin is described, not as a passive reality, but as an active force that seeks to kill us and destroy our relationships.
Think about your childhood. Was there someone at your school who always seemed to excel and receive accolades? How did you feel about them?
READ GENESIS 4:1-7 Cain did not offer God His best. How did God offer his best to us? How might we learn from Abel and offer God our best?
The Bible insists that sin always destroys. When have you observed sin’s disastrous effects? What happened?
In Genesis 4:7, sin is described as a predatory animal, waiting for the right moment to attack its prey. How should this description shape our understanding of sin?
God commands us to fight against and "rule over" our sin. But you can't fight against something you don't understand. How might you go about understanding your sin and your temptations better?
READ HEBREWS 12:24. Jesus’ blood speaks a better word and guarantees the forgiveness of all our sins. Talk about a time where you experienced Jesus's forgiveness over and above your sin and failure.
PRAY. Ask the Lord to to make you wise to the ways sin is scheming against you, and for strength to kill sin in your life. Pray for grace to walk in gratitude and thankfulness, extending forgiveness to those who “hurt” us. And ask God to remind you of His great love and forgiveness for you.