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Fusion: “Creation, Fall, Redemption” Week 8

 

Key Passages:

  • Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 15

Main Point:

  • God chooses to use sinners.

Key Takeaways:

  • God chose to use Abram, a sinner.  He did not choose to use him because of anything Abram did.
  • Abram was “counted as righteous” (made right with God) because of his faith or belief.
  • We see Abram’s belief in God revealed through some of his actions.
  • We are the same as Abram, a sinner.  God does not choose to use us because of anything we do.

Application:

  • What does “counted as righteous” mean?  Was Abram counted as righteous because of anything he did?
  • Do you believe that God is your creator?
  • What actions in your life show that your faith is real?
  • What actions in your life show proud unbelief?  How would this change if you fully believed in who God is and what He has done for you?

 

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Fusion:  “Creation, Fall, Redemption” (Week 7)

 

Key Passages:

  • Genesis 2 and 3, Hebrews 9:22

Main Point:

  • God loves us even when we don’t love Him.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sin made Adam and Eve stupid; they hid from God.  Sin makes us stupid; we move away from God.
  • God seeks Adam and Eve by asking them questions.  He desires to have a relationship with them because he loves them.
  • God seeks us as well, even when we turn away from Him.  He desires to have a relationship with us because he loves us.
  • God cannot have a relationship with Adam and Eve or us because of our sin.  Our sin must be paid for with blood.
  • God is merciful and provides partial redemption for Adam and Eve by killing an animal and covering Adam and Eve with the skins.
  • God promises to provide complete redemption through the blood of Jesus.

Application:

  • Why do Adam and Eve hide from God?  How does sin make you stupid?
  • What does your sin do to your relationship with God?  How can this be fixed?
  • How is God gracious and loving to Adam and Eve?  How is God gracious and loving to you?
  • Read Hebrews 9:22.  Sin requires the shedding of blood.  How do you view your sin?  What do you deserve?
  • How does God fix our sin?  How does he provide us with redemption?  How does that make you feel about your sin and about God?

 

Fusion: “Creation, Fall, Redemption” (Week 6)

Key Passage:

  • Genesis 3:8-19, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23

Main Point:

  • Sin is the cause of chaos and death.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are consequences to Adam and Eve’s sin of proud unbelief: separation from God, shame, guilt and death.
  • Adam and Eve tried to fix their sin by covering themselves with fig leaves.  They could not fix their sin or the consequences to their sin.
  • There are consequences to our sin: separation from God, shame, guilt and death.
  • We try to fix our sin in many different ways.  We cannot fix our sin; we cannot avoid death on our own.

Application:

  • What are the results of this sin of proud unbelief (wanting to be like God)?  How do you experience all of these things in your life every day? 
  • How do we try to fix our sin and/or the consequences of our sin?  Does any of this work?  Can we make any of this right?

I grew up going to camp.  I feel like I talk (and write) about that a lot.  Retreats are a little bit of camp for me, and I love that about them.  I had a lot of what I like to call “camp moments” on our day retreat.  Here are a few of my favorite moments.

When I went to camp growing up, I loved my counselors.  As a leader now, I love being connected to my students.  With 120 students on the retreat, there was no way that I could connect and talk to each one of them.  This is hard for me.  I love knowing my students and being able to call them by name.  It is frustrating for me to be limited in how well I know all my students the more our ministry grows.  As I stood on the lakefront during free time, bothered by the fact that I don’t know the name of every student on the retreat, I watched my leaders connecting with their students.  By the end of the day, they had spent a full 10 ½ hours playing with them, laughing with them, feeling sick on the big swing with them…every student had time to build relationships with adults who love the gospel and desire for their students to love the gospel.  Every student had an opportunity to connect with adult leaders.  I loved watching my leaders love our students. 

I love the way 5th and 6th graders engage with others and with their environment.  There is a freedom in this age group that tends to be lost the older they get.  They get so excited to crawl through pudding, jump into a freezing cold lake, run through briars and branches to steal a flag and win a game.  I always say that I could have them dig through dumpsters as a competition and they would love it.  I love watching my students be free to be themselves as they fully engage in everything we do.  I love watching them play.

We have a group of high school students called arrows that lead our 5th and 6th graders alongside their adult co-leaders.  I love watching these older students pour into our younger students.  This year was different than years past.  Four of these high school students were my first fusion students   5 years ago.  I love watching my “former” fusion students pour into my current fusion students.  I love seeing how they’ve grown, watching them invest and connect with younger students and hearing them continue to grow in their understanding and love of the gospel.

One of my arrows is a part of my d-group, the group of senior girls that I have led since 6th grade.  She has been in my group since her freshman year.  I stood on the lakefront for about 20 minutes watching her sit and talk with her girls.  This was my favorite moment of the day.  I have loved being a part of her life and watching her grow, to see her step into the lives of a group of younger girls, to hear her talk about how much she already loves being a part of their lives, to see them laughing together, to see her live out the gospel…  I love that.  I love watching God move and work in her life.  I love watching God use her to move and work in the lives of her fusion girls.

I struggle to explain this well with words, but there is something about just being with one another, laughing with one another, playing with one another, that is very holy for me.  There might not have been many specific conversations about the gospel on the retreat, but the gospel was still lived out.  I do know that I saw God working and felt His prescence in the laughter and joy of my 5th and 6th graders all day long.  The simplicity of being together, playing together and enjoying each other can bring glory to God in the same way that a conversation about the gospel brings glory to God.  Both are needed and both are good.  I loved seeing this happen on our retreat.

~ Leah Pinckney