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OIA for sermon on 02/19/12

This week the sermon covered Genesis 3:7-24. Genesis 3:7-24 gives the first glimpse of what life on earth was like once sin was introduced. The following is a list of OIA questions for discussion in your Gospel Community Groups. The Bible text follows the questions.

Observation

1. Who is the intended audience in this passage?
2. Are there any cultural or background issues that are important in understanding this passage?
3. When was this scripture written?
4. What key word(s)/phrase(s) really stand(s) out to you in this passage of scripture? Why are/is they/it important?
5. If you had to sum up all five of theses passages of scripture in one sentence, what would it be?

Interpretation

1. Compare this passage with at least 3 other Bible versions (NIV, ESV, NASB, NKJV, Ect.) What similarities/differences do you observe? Share with your group.
2. Are there any verbs, commands, prepositions, or conjunctions, that seemed to stand out? What? Why? Share.
3. Read through at least 2-3 commentaries on this passage and share what your learned with your group. Here are some free online resources. (http://net.bible.org) (http://www.blueletterbible.org/) (http://biblia.com)
4. This portion of scripture uses an Anthropomorphism in describing God. What is an Anthropomorphism and why is it important in interpreting this passage? (vs.8)

Application

1. As Joe pointed out in his sermon, some of the initial, direct, and immediate effects of sin were fear, shame, and hiding. What other direct affects do you see as stemming from the first sin? Share with your group.
2. In the world of counseling, nearly 90{e0b72a53c242df1424785628340537005f8b2ebeecfbb0205a95286f7b4c8fc9} of psychological psychosis is linked directly to the areas of shame and doubt. Give some real life and practical examples of how shame and doubt affects daily living and other areas of life.
3. What are some areas in your life where shame and doubt have hindered your relationship with God? With others? Share.
4. How could Genesis 3 be useful in evangelizing to a non-believer? Explain and share with your group.

Genesis 3:7-24 Bible Text Only
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And
they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard
the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the
man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the
trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where
are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid,
because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were
naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The
man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the
tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you
have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The Lord
God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all
livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust
you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the
woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your
pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be foryour husband, and he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you
have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I
commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in
pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Then the Lord God said,
“Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest
he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”
therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground
from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of
Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to
guard the way to the tree of life.

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