Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on May 12, 2019
Passage: Genesis 3:1-8
This Sunday, Stephanie brought a mom’s perspective concerning the three big lies that Christian moms must combat.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What do you now say as an adult that your mom would often say to you when you were a kid? What is the best memory you have about your mom growing up?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. The first big lie that moms have to combat is the idea that God is off doing more important things and isn’t concerned with the details of what they are experiencing each day. Perhaps, that’s what Eve thought when the serpent approached her and tempted her to eat of the forbidden fruit. Satan wants us to believe that God is too busy to help us and that it’s all up to us to figure it out by ourselves. Jesus came to dispel this lie from the enemy. Jesus brought us a new understanding about what it means to know God personally and intimately. What do the following verses teach us about God’s involvement in our lives?
Psalm 139:1-7 (ESV)
1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. 7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
Luke 12:6-7 (ESV)
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV)
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
- When are the times that God feels most distant from you?
- When are the times that God feels closest to you?
- Based on the passages above, do you think God is ever too busy to hear from us? Do you think God wants to be involved in every detail of our lives or just the big stuff?
2. Stephanie also mentioned that moms should beware of the “Superwoman Syndrome.” This is when a mom thinks she can do it all by herself without the support, encouragement and wisdom of others. The truth is that God designed us for community. We need each other. What do the following verses teach us about our need for community?
Galatians 6:2 (ESV)
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (ESV)
25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
- When has someone or a group of believers supported you during a difficult time?
- Why is it a struggle for busy people, such as moms, to take time out of their schedules to connect with others for encouragement and friendship?
- How well are you doing in this area (even if you aren’t a mom!)?
3. Stephanie also encouraged moms to beware of the comparison trap. This is when we derive our value by comparing ourselves with others and those we see on social media. This is a no win situation. There will always be someone who does it better or has it better than you! The truth is that Jesus has already determined your value on the cross when he died for you. God wants you to be the best version of you that you can be. What do the following verses tell us about where our value should come from?
Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV)
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 43:1 (ESV)
1 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
- Is what you see on social media in a person’s Instagram feed or Facebook page a true picture of reality?
- Why is comparing ourselves to others to measure our worth a poor decision?
- Where does your worth come from?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?