Rev. Trevor Johnston and Danie Frandsen
Series: Long Story Short
Week 2: When Good Goes Bad
1. Who is your favorite movie villain, and why?
2. Why do you think so many stories have a villain?
3. Practice our series memory verse together as a group – John 1:45: “Philip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’”
4. Read Genesis 3:1-9: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” // 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” // 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” // 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. // 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
5. What do you notice in this passage? What comments or questions come to your mind as you read it?
6. The 2nd movement of the biblical drama is the Fall. This sermon series will give you 6 words that summarize the whole Bible. So far we have: Genesis 1-2 = Creation; Genesis 3-11 = Fall. Start to memorize these 6 words.
7. It’s important not to get distracted by the talking snake. Revelation 12:9 identifies who this actually is: “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” Many wonder why God would have created an evil being like Satan. What did Pastor Trevor and Danie share about where Satan came from and how he was originally created?
8. Read the following passages that describe the devil, and then discuss with your group what he is like. John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy….” John 8:44-45 – “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!”
9. Look back at Genesis 3:1-9 and list the lies that the devil told there. What else do you notice in Genesis 3 about the devil’s strategy?
10. What are some ways you see Satan using this same strategy to trip people up today?
11. This story is a tragedy. How would you define the word “tragedy”?
12. Sin isn’t just breaking a rule. Sin is anything that damages your relationship with God, with other people, with yourself, and with God’s world. Christian author and speaker, Ravi Zacharias said: “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” What did he mean by that?
13. Read the following passages that describe some of the consequences of sin and how the world changed after people sinned: Genesis 3:19 – “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” // Genesis 6:5 – “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” // Romans 5:12 – “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” // Romans 3:23 – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” // What do you notice here? How did the world change after people sinned?
14. Sandra Richter, theologian, pastor and author, said: “We should not be surprised that in this fallen world babies die or marriages fail; we should be surprised that some babies live and some marriages thrive.” What was her point?
15. Thankfully, this story doesn’t only have a villain. It also has a hero, who is hinted at in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Read Romans 16:20 to help you discern what this verse is communicating – “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” What’s the point of Genesis 3:15?
16. Come back next week to get the next movement of the story!