Happy Thursday December 27th!

During the week of Christmas we have created a special set of readings for the Daily. Over the course of this week we will be taking a break from our readings in 2 Corinthians and be looking at several other areas of scripture which point to the importance of the Christmas season. The importance is that God came to live among us by taking on flesh. We hope you have time to slow down to focus on the incarnation of Christ.

Todays reading is out of Genesis. One of the most disheartening areas of scripture is the fall of man. All hope seems lost when Adam and Eve eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil after being deceived by the serpent who was satan. God curses the serpent and both Adam and Eve are given the grave consequences of their actions, but in the midst of such a dark time there is a ray of hope tucked into the scripture. God foretells Adam and Eve about a future offspring that would bruise or crush the evil serpents head and the serpent would bruise his heel. For generations man looked to a coming messiah. This offspring who would ultimately defeat the serpent was fulfilled in Christ who’s perfect life, death, and resurrection has redeemed us. The offspring of Mary and Joseph, who was born in a manger, would finally be the one to crush the head of the evil serpent. Thus in Christ God has freed us from the curse of sin and death.

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[Genesis 3:14-16]
14 
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.
15 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.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
    in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be contrary to your husband,
    but he shall rule over you.”


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ How does God curse the serpent vs. 14?
_ What does God say in verse 15?
_ Where will the serpent be bruised? Where will the offspring be bruised?
_ Which area is more vital, a head or a heel?
_ What does God say to the woman in vs. 16?
_ What will be her desire?
_ Read 1 Corinthians 15:22. How does that affect this passage?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_In light of what we know of Christ we can often take for granted how amazing the transformative moment was when God took on flesh and was born of man. The incarnation was one of such hope and joy. Here in a manger was the hope of generations. A king who was the foretold offspring told of long ago. We must never forget the magnitude of this moment. It is easy in the busyness of life to forget that which we already know and have. Have you taken it for granted?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)