Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • Did you have a nickname growing up?
  • What is the most drastic way that families have changed in the past generation?
  • Do you think families are basically the same, worse off or better than they were 20-30 years ago? Why?

Main Idea

Everyone is part of a family and every family falls short of what they have the potential to be. Since Adam and Eve, family members have struggled with tendencies that oppose our highest calling and purpose. Thankfully, God is in the business of re-making families into what He has always meant them to be.

Discuss

What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?

How did the songs we sang this weekend relate to the message we heard? (King of my Heart, Behold our King, There’s Nothing Like the Name)
Does (or did) your family have a tradition you really appreciate? What makes it so special?
This week, Mike mentioned shame, blame and the pursuit of fame as three challenges to a family being what it could be. Did one of these affect your family when you were growing up? How so?

What does the Bible say?

Read Genesis 3:1-13

  • How does shame affect the relationship between the man & woman? Between the couple and God?
  • What does blame reveal about the relationship between the man and woman? Between the couple and God?
  • While shame can quickly turn into an unhealthy self-focus, blame can lead to self-ignorance. Which of these two do you think has a bigger impact on the circles you live in?

Read Genesis 3:14-21

Sometimes a story can be so familiar that we rush past details without seeing what’s right in front of us! Even today, assigning a name says a lot about the nature of the relationship. For example, parents have the final decision on their children’s name(s) and I’m the only person who gets to pick my dog’s name. Until this point in the story, we still don’t have a name for the first woman, we only know her as “the woman.” God never told Adam to name this “woman,” he only told him to name the animals as he “ruled over them.”

  • What is Adam implying about his relationship with “the woman” when he takes it upon himself to name her “Eve?”
  • How can the pursuit of status or fame isolate a person; even while trying to connect with more people?

Apply the Message, Own the Mission
Have you noticed a tendency in your own life to drift towards one of these three relational threats in particular? (Shame, blame or the pursuit of fame) Which one? Share.

As a group, pray that this week God would allow us to recognize where unhealthy shame, blame or pursuit of fame is dampening our family relationships. Also, pray that God would use this series to help our families become what He designed them to be.
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