Go around the room and have everyone share one high point (best thing) and one low point (worst thing) about their week
If you could change one rule at home or at school, which one would you change & why?
Would you rather live in a world with no rules at all (everyone can do whatever they want), or one with thousands of rules dictating everything you do?
What did you think about the story of Adam & Eve? Did you relate to them (i.e. think “I would’ve probably done the same thing”) or did you judge them (i.e. think “How could they!”)?
Imagine you were Adam or Eve, and you were supposed to follow this one rule – don’t eat from this one tree. Would you obey that rule, or not?
- If you said you would obey the rule, would you still obey it if someone famous tried to get you to eat the fruit? How about if one of your parents tried to get you to eat the fruit?
- Do you think it would be easy to follow that rule, or not? Even if people were pressuring you to give in?
Read this quote by Steffany Gretzinger, one of the worship leaders at Bethel Church – “I believe worship in the garden was intimacy. I think it looked like no walls, no space; like going for walks, knowing one another fully. I think that God’s original heart for us was to stay so close, to be so near to Him”
- In your opinion, why do you think God created humans? What was His purpose in making us?
- Do you think it’s possible that God created us because He wanted to have children to love?
- In your opinion, why do you think God put the tree in the garden & told Adam & Eve not to eat from it?
- Do you think He maybe did it because He wanted us to have free will/the opportunity to choose Him or reject Him?
During his talk, Darien said that when God found Adam & Eve after they’d screwed up, “He didn’t treat them with anger or hatred… that’s probably how some of us would respond… but the Bible shows us that God was heartbroken, he was sad, yet he still loved them”
- When someone screws up and does something bad, do you forgive them? Is it easy, or hard to forgive?
- Do you think God can still love us when we do bad things? If so, how could he?
- What makes God so different from us?
ACT IT OUT:
God created us because he wanted to have children who he could love, and who could love him back – but yet he chose to give us the opportunity to choose to listen to him, or to reject him. So often when we do bad things, we feel ashamed of what we’ve done – which is to say that we feel that we are bad because of what we’ve done; yet no matter what, God still loves us the way we are.
This week, anytime you mess up and feel ashamed, remind yourself of how much God loves you. Remind yourself of how much he cares about you. Remind yourself that no matter what you do, he will always love you.
Ask your group/child if there are any prayer requests or praise reports that they would like to share. Take a moment and pray over all the requests.