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04-07-13-Real Life | Genesis 3:9-19

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Our core emotion is fear. 3:10

Our core motivation is avoiding rejection. 3:10

Our core strategy is self-protection. 3:10-13

Our environmen works against us. 3:14-19


Family Life in HD: Real Life
Genesis 3:9-19

Marriage and family is no tame project! Without clarity regarding the DNA of the nature of humanity and our environment, we have no hope of dealing with real family life as we find it. Only by owning the nature of our problem can we appropriate the true solution - the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Thinking It Through
People say of marriage that it is boring, when what they mean to say is that it terrifies them.
~Michael Novak
You can tell when you are on the right track, it is usually uphill.
Adult problems are the result of childhood solutions.
~Sandra Wilson
It is the nature of a human being to be imperfect.
~Pia Mellody

Living It Out
1. In what ways did the message feel like “real life” to you?

2. Be on the lookout for these dynamics as they surface this week.

In light of this reality, what needs to happen to us and in us in order for us to have reasonably healthy families?


Real Hope
Colossians 3:1-17

Is there any question that the more “real” relationships get, the harder they become? When we reflect on the realities of our own sinfulness and the toxic results of the fall of man (Genesis 3), we are left longing for hope. Is it possible to move toward wholeness and life – in spite of the fact that our earthly relationships will always be lacking?

Looking It Up

  • Read Colossians 3:1-17. As you read, look for signs of hope in this passage. (There are plenty!) 
  • Re-read 3:1-4. These verses give the theological foundation for the whole passage. Make a list of the statements in these verses that are true of you as a believer in Jesus. 
  • Re-read the rest of the passage and add to your list every other statement you find that describes your new identity in Christ. 
  • Verses 12-15 beautifully show the connection between the core theology of this passage and its implication for our relationships. Is it likely you’ll be able to carry out the second half of vs. 12 (and following) without deeply believing the first part of verse 12? 
  • Take a few minutes to reflect on the list you made above. Ask yourself, “If I fully believed these things are true about me, how would it shape or change the way I relate to myself? To others?” 
  • Will the truths in this passage fix your human relationships? Why or why not? How might you move toward others in love in light of these verses?

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