How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

 18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.
21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Recall from Sunday:

Genesis 2:18-20 – We can’t fulfill our design alone…

Genesis 2:21-23 – …So God provides someone different to us…

Section 3 – …to accomplish his purposes together

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

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

Do you have any close friends who are very different from you? How are the two of you different? What keeps your friendship going?

When have you been tempted to take over a project because it would be “faster to do it myself”? Have you ever made the decision to hold back and let others help you? Why? What did you learn from that experience?

Working together towards God’s purposes requires cost, commitment, and intimacy. Have you been a part of a relationship that cost you, but was worth the commitment to push through? How did you make it through?

Think about the ways you serve God on a regular basis (church ministry, community service activities, etc.). Maybe it’s time to invite a friend along to check it out. Even if it would make the process more complicated, including our friends can help them meet Jesus or grow in him, and it can also be a lot of fun! Consider who could be a good fit to join you and reach out this week.

Is your relationship with Jesus characterized by intimacy? If not, it may be worth considering what level of commitment you have to him, and what you’d be willing to do if it meant you could grow closer to him. Maybe now is the time to take the next step in your relationship with Jesus by trying something new, like getting involved in a ministry at church, or dedicating some daily time to prayer, or engaging an unchurched friend in conversations about faith. Seek the Spirit’s guidance together.