Huddles: Spring 2019
Below is the plan for you to follow as you lead out this study. At the end of this post we have attached the full curriculum that includes some very helpful Bible background and commentary to help you as you prepare to lead. Our prayer for you is that the Lord will bring this Scripture to life in your own life and that your leading will be an overflow from that! Let us know if you have any questions.
The Lead In
If you’re reading this, you’re old enough to understand the concept of a past. Everyone’s got one, and everyone has things in their past they’d change if they could. We replay conversations and situations in our minds and would change a “yes” for “no” in a hundred different ways if we could.
There’s this arrow called Guilt that Satan knows how to use. When it comes to hitting people in the right spot with the arrow of guilt, he’s usually dead on. What is it in your life that you feel guilty about? Why are you still carrying that? Take a minute and pray for your students. (And pray for your own understanding of guilt, too!)
This week, we’re going to start a study on four ways the Enemy attacks us. This first discussion is going to center on the topic of guilt. You can go as deep as you need to or stay as shallow as you’d like. But make a commitment that no matter what, you’re going to be honest with God and with yourself. (Here’s a tip: There is incredible freedom when you’re willing to be honest with trusted friends. Don’t have one? It starts with honesty.) We all have things we feel guilty about, either past or present, so understand that no matter what, you’re not alone. We can all relate to feelings of guilt. Would someone be willing to start our time off with prayer?
- When you heard that tonight’s conversation was about guilt, what were your first thoughts? Were you nervous? Did you have a certain situation come to mind?
Let’s look at Genesis 3:1-7.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
- Have you heard this story before? What are some details that stuck out to you?
- What does the Bible say about the “serpent”? (v. 1) Why is that important? How has Satan been crafty, sneaky, and cunning in your life?
- What was it that caused the woman (and then the man) to eat the fruit? What did they notice about it? [That it was not just good for food, but desirable for gaining wisdom.]
- What happened as soon as Adam and Eve ate the fruit? What did they realize? Was that an appropriate response? Why or why not?
- When you do something wrong, is feeling bad about it a good thing or a bad thing? [Leader: This is a great place to differentiate between guilt and conviction!]
Read Psalm 69:5.
You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you.
- What is this verse saying? What does it mean to you? Have you ever wished you could hide something from God?
- When we’re guilty of something we have two choices:
- We can either run away from God out of guilt and shame OR
- We can run to God in confession and repentance.
Which of these do you normally do when you’ve done something wrong?
Read Psalm 32:5.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
- What is God’s response when we ask Him for forgiveness? What happens to our guilt?
- Have you ever felt so much guilt that it kept you spiritually stuck? Do you think that’s what God wants? Why or why not?
Read Romans 8:1.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
- What does “condemnation” mean? [Simply put: It means we are punished.]
- The Enemy’s arrow of guilt is aimed at your past. Satan wants you to really dwell on and get stuck in past mistakes you’ve made. But God doesn’t want you to feel stuck in your past! He wants you to be set free! That’s what Jesus came to do, and He did it.
- How does that truth make you feel, and what hope does it give you?
Last Word and Application
What issue/mistake/sin in your life is Satan trying to keep you wrapped up in?
Do you believe that Jesus has set you free and that God does not want you to live in guilt?
[Close in prayer, that each person would know and celebrate the freedom God gives.]
Click here for the PDF version of this week’s study!