Below are the life group questions from the message this week for those who might use it. Many life groups have other studies going as well.
Life Group Questions
Jesus and Church, Genesis 1:6-25
- As you begin, read Genesis 1 as a group.
(1) We are told throughout the Bible that we were created to worship the Lord and reflect his image in our lives (Rev 4:11; Isa 43:7; Psa 100:2-3; Mt 6:33).
- What is worship and how can we worship in all aspects of life: home, church, work, community?
(2) On the first day of creation, God creates light and darkness and time begins (Gen 1:5).
- Since the first day begins with light, how can we make sure that our day begins with the light of God’s word and his presence?
(3) On day 2 of creation, God creates the atmosphere by separating the waters of the ocean from the waters and clouds in the sky (Gen 1:6-8). Now there is an atmosphere for man to breathe.
- Since God gave us air to breathe and we are to praise the Lord with our breath (Psa 150:6), where do we struggle to worship the Lord with our words and our attitudes?
- What are some good practices of being thankful and grateful to God in every circumstance (Phil 4:11)?
(4) On day 3 of creation, God made a place for man to worship him, and the earth brought for great fruitfulness and vegetation (Gen 1:9-13).
- What is the key to being fruitful according to John 15:5? "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
- What does it mean to abide in Christ? What are some practices of abiding (see Psalm 91:1).
(5) On each day, God evaluates all his work and declares, "God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12).
- How can we, like God, evaluate our work at the end of the day? How should we respond to the good that was done? (Praise) What good has God done for you lately?
- How should we respond to any bad we’ve done each day? (Take it to the cross)
(6) On day 4 God creates the sun, moon, and stars (Gen 1:14-19). The Scripture tells us that “the heavens declare the glory of God” (Psa 19:1) and we are told that "what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom 1:19-20).
- How do the heavens declare God’s glory and reveal the eternal attributes of God?
- Why then are all people without excuse, even if they haven’t heard the gospel?
(7) On day 4, God created greater lights like the sun, and lesser lights, like the moon. The lesser lights reflect the greater lights, like the moon reflects the sun.
- How can mothers and fathers and those more mature in the faith as greater lights reflect the light of Christ to the “lesser lights” (like children) in their lives?
(8) On day 5 of creation, God made the creatures of the sky and the sea. God filled the space of day 2 (waters and sky) with fish and fowl. Fish and fowl live in different atmospheres (water vs. air) and they have different natures. So it is with the born again child of God.
- Talk about how the born again person’s nature is changed, so he can no longer live in the atmosphere of sin, but now soars in the atmosphere of God’s kingdom and righteousness (Mt 6:33). What was that like for you when God changed you? What changed in your life?
(9) On each day, God fills the spaces. On day 4, he fills light and dark-ness with the sun, moon, and starts. Day 5 is the fish of the sea and the fowl of the air. On day 6, God fills the land of the earth with man and animals.
- Read Ecclesiastes 3:11, and talk about how the greatest space for God to fill is the heart of man. "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart.”
(10) On day 5, God created animals and man. There is a distinction here between man and animals, since man is God’s image bearer and reflector.
- How are human beings different from animals? (intellect, morals, dominion…)
- Since mankind is to reflect God in all things, how can we live out 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”?PRAY
: Come together as a group in prayer, and pray for your church, your pastors, elders, and deacons. Ask God to keep all the families of our church depending on the Lord with every breath, all our time, and every place we may be. Let us shine the light of Jesus!