The Descent Into Depravity Running From Temptation
- Review the memory verse of the week, and talk about how it relates to the Truth section.
- Review the Pentateuch and Historical books of the Old Testament.
- TRUTH – [Note: don’t forget to address questions that were raised in your meeting last week.]You can discuss any of the IN BIBLE questions you would like to address. You should focus on making sure your JG understands how the IN BIBLE passages support these key concepts:
- SIN AND MISERY – the product of The Fall which leaves people subject to natural and moral evil, and in a condition of alienation from God. [Note: Question 17 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism reads “Into what estate did the fall bring mankind? Answer: The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery.”]
- NATURAL EVIL – the product of living in a broken, cursed world.
- MORAL EVIL – the product of living as a fallen person in a world full of fallen people.
- ALIENATION FROM GOD – the paradox of the hostility that exists between fallen people and God, and the longing that fallen people have to know God and be loved by Him.
- THE FEAR OF GOD – the appropriate response of the reverence and overwhelming awe that godly people should have before a holy God.
- EQUIPPING – Have your JG discuss the second and third equipping questions. In the second question, try to get your JG to focus on whether and how Christ’s promise of peace makes a difference in their lives, despite their troubles. In the third question, help them focus on what is an appropriate fear of God. We live in an irreverent culture, and it may be difficult for them to understand that loving God does not negate the need to live humbly before Him, in awe of His holy majesty.
- ACCOUNTABILITY – Allow time for smaller groups of 2 or 3 to ask accountability questions, and pray for one another.
- MISSION –Discuss bringing Jesus into conversation with people, and how “The Answer” can serve as a tool to that end. Discuss the conversation that is illustrated in the material. Get your JG to think about creative ways this can be adapted to suit their personality. Ask them to think about what is hard or easy about this approach.