“The Fall, Part 1” (Genesis 3)

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our preaching series entitled “In the Beginning,” drawn from Genesis 1-3. This is the first part of a two-part series on Genesis 1-11 that will stretch from January through Lent up to Easter. This sixth week of the series I preached from Genesis 3:1-13, walking through the first half of Genesis 3 and our exploration of the Fall into sin.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.

“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?”’” (Genesis 3:1)

The Serpent, Disorder, and Questioning God

What about the serpent?

The agent of disorder in the world that God has ordered

The question of God and disordered relationship with God

The Woman and the Man, the Garden with Two Trees, the Fruit and Human Choice

God the gardener creates human gardeners

The garden with two trees signifying ultimate dependence upon God

The fruit and human choice for autonomy from God

The Catastrophic Effects of Human Choice Against God

Disordered human life

Disordered relationship amongst human beings

Disordered relationship between human beings and creation

Disordered relationship between human beings and God

Making It Real 

Facing into our own disorder: naming our shame

Facing into our disordered relationships: looking at the ways we try to “cover” ourselves from others

Facing into our disorder with the natural world: Facing into our misuse and failure as stewards of the world

Facing into our disorder with God: hearing God’s questionsFacing the only One who can save us: looking to Jesus

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize Genesis 3:9
  • Draw, ink, or paint all or part of this story of the Fall in Genesis 3:1-13. As you do that, what stands out to you most? Consider what God is speaking to you about your own tendency to turn away from God for other things. When you finish, consider sharing your prayer reflections and/or artistry with a friend.
  • Watch the Bible Project video, “Genesis 1-11”
  • Read one of the following:

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