Next week, we’ll begin by celebrating how God led us into action and where we saw him move!

Gen. 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.

Gen. 2:5   When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground,  6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—  7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.  8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.  9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Gen. 2:10   A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers.  11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.  12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.  13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush.  14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

Gen. 2:15   The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.  16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,  17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Recall from Sunday:

Verses 4-7 – God forms us in the wilderness

Verses 8-14 – God provides resources to flourish

Verses 15-17 – God commissions us to care for a specific place

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

God forming and enlivening Adam in the wilderness kicks off a pattern of God forming his people in the midst of challenges. When was one time God shaped you through difficulty? What does that tell you about your challenges today?

Before Adam did anything, God went before him to provide by planting the Garden of Eden. Have you ever seen God prepare the way for provision? Has the presence of God ever sustained you when nothing else was going right? How did you find His presence?

God places us, like he did Adam, to serve as priests of his kingdom. If God has placed you intentionally in your workplace, your family, and your friend groups, what purpose does he have for you in those places? Is the Spirit guiding you to pay special attention to one of those areas this week?

Have your group identify the different spheres God has placed you in as your areas of influence. Actually diagramming/drawing your “Gardens” could be fun and helpful. As your group identifies which of those areas the Spirit is leading them to pay special attention to this week, try to help each member commit to a specific action in that area (serving their family by ____, ministering to their coworkers by ___, etc.).

If some group members are in the “wilderness” right now, help your other group members listen to the Spirit for how they can be avenues of the life/encouragement of God in their lives. Prayer, encouraging words, acts of service, check-in calls could all be helpful.