Chapter 1 (The beginning of it all) - All of us are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve. If you grew up in church, this story was told often and used to teach children (and adults) why we now have a sin problem. This story has been used as a platform to present the gospel, which teaches us that the Son of God, Jesus, came to forgive us of the sin nature we inherited from this fall. Often the lessons we are taught speak more to the eating of the fruit (we do not know if it was an apple - everyone has their own opinion) than the greater problem within the story. What I am going to share now does not minimize in any way the wrongness of the fruit eating. Doing so was sin. The sin I wish to address is the sin of disobedience. Before Adam or Eve took that fateful bite, they were clearly instructed by God to not eat it. They were told they could enjoy the bounty of the garden... and what a garden it was... but to leave the fruit on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil alone (Genesis 2:17). They sinned by disobeying God. They demonstrated that they did not love the Lord their God with first (John 14:15). From that act of disobedience, all of mankind has been born with a nature fo disobedience. As a result, Jesus came to this planet as a man (Christ incarnate) in complete obedience to the will of the Father. He lived His life in obedience to the Father. He was tempted, as a human, as we are tempted as humans. He set the standard for all those who know Him (Christians / followers of Christ) to be obedient. We have no excuse (Phil. 4:13), even though we offer many.
Let's take that John 14:15 passage...
Lord, May our hearts desire to be found obedient to You in all things. find us obedient.
A Deacon of EBCI will be leading the session each night.