FREE COMMUNITY CHURCH       PLUSH CG       LESSON 10       CORRUPTION:   The Conflict of the Ages   as
We were first made to love oneanother, yet today we experience  conflicts with one another…
What was the first sacrifice?        Who offered it and why?• Genesis 4:1-16: Cain and Abel• Focus on how Cain and Abel ma...
Genesis 4:1-16 – Cain and Abel4 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten[a] a m...
Why do you think God accept Abel’s        offering but not Cain’s?• Hebrews 11:44 Byfaith Abel offered to God a more accep...
Why was the offering unacceptable?• 1 Samuel 15:3, 21-233 Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction[a] all that t...
Why was the offering unacceptable?• Malachi 1: 6-10The Priests Polluted Offerings6 “A son honors his father, and a servant...
What is considered a pleasing sacrifice      or better than a sacrifice?• 1 Samuel 15:2222 And Samuel said,“Has the LORD a...
What does God really want       from us?            What can we do in our            daily life to please God?
Describe the similarities and differences in      sin offerings and the blood of Christ…• Hebrews 9:6-76 These preparation...
Describe the similarities and differences in   sin offerings and the blood of Christ…• Hebrews 10:1-410 For since the law ...
Describe the similarities and differences in  sin offerings and the blood of Christ…         Similarities                 ...
When was the last time you got   angry with someone?   And what did you do?
Cain was very angry and jealous when Godfavored Abel’s offering. What does God teach us  about haboring anger? Dealing wit...
Cain was very angry and jealous when Godfavored Abel’s offering. What does God teach us  about haboring anger? Dealing wit...
God’s words to CainGenesis 4: 6-76 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your facefallen? 7 If you do wel...
God’s words to CainCommentaryThe character of the worshiper is the third possibility. The point is thatAbel offered in fai...
How then do we master the                temptation to sin?• Romans 12:1-212 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by th...
On whom and on what is Cain’s focus    on throughout the passage?                  What attitudes does he                 ...
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  • Ephesians4:25-27Notice the particulars wherewith we should adorn our Christian profession. Take heed of every thing contrary to truth. No longer flatter or deceive others. God's people are children who will not lie, who dare not lie, who hate and abhor lying. Take heed of anger and ungoverned passions. If there is just occasion to express displeasure at what is wrong, and to reprove, see that it be without sin. We give place to the devil, when the first motions of sin are not grievous to our souls; when we consent to them; and when we repeat an evil deed. This teaches that as sin, if yielded unto, lets in the devil upon us, we are to resist it, keeping from all appearance of evil.Ephesians 4:31Corrupt passions of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil-speaking, and malice, grieve the Holy Spirit. Provoke not the holy, blessed Spirit of God to withdraw his presence and his gracious influences.
  • Ephesians4:25-27Notice the particulars wherewith we should adorn our Christian profession. Take heed of every thing contrary to truth. No longer flatter or deceive others. God's people are children who will not lie, who dare not lie, who hate and abhor lying. Take heed of anger and ungoverned passions. If there is just occasion to express displeasure at what is wrong, and to reprove, see that it be without sin. We give place to the devil, when the first motions of sin are not grievous to our souls; when we consent to them; and when we repeat an evil deed. This teaches that as sin, if yielded unto, lets in the devil upon us, we are to resist it, keeping from all appearance of evil.Ephesians 4:31Corrupt passions of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil-speaking, and malice, grieve the Holy Spirit. Provoke not the holy, blessed Spirit of God to withdraw his presence and his gracious influences.
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    1. 1. FREE COMMUNITY CHURCH PLUSH CG LESSON 10 CORRUPTION: The Conflict of the Ages as
    2. 2. We were first made to love oneanother, yet today we experience conflicts with one another…
    3. 3. What was the first sacrifice? Who offered it and why?• Genesis 4:1-16: Cain and Abel• Focus on how Cain and Abel made their first offering to God in the passage.Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49PSsfvbDT0
    4. 4. Genesis 4:1-16 – Cain and Abel4 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten[a] a manwith the help of the LORD.” 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper ofsheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD anoffering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of theirfat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering hehad no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are youangry, and why has your face fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted?[b] And if you donot do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for[c] you, but you must rule over it.”8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother.[d] And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against hisbrother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said,“I do not know; am I my brothers keeper?” 10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? Thevoice of your brothers blood is crying to me from the ground. 11 And now you are cursed fromthe ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brothers blood from your hand. 12 Whenyou work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and awanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.[e]14 Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden.I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 Then theLORD said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” Andthe LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. 16 Then Cain went awayfrom the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.
    5. 5. Why do you think God accept Abel’s offering but not Cain’s?• Hebrews 11:44 Byfaith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which hewas commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. Andthrough his faith, though he died, he still speaks.• 1 John 3:10-1510 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of thedevil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who doesnot love his brother.Love One Another11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should loveone another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered hisbrother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and hisbrothers righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers,[a] that the world hates you. 14 Weknow that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers.Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is amurderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
    6. 6. Why was the offering unacceptable?• 1 Samuel 15:3, 21-233 Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction[a] all that they have.Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox andsheep, camel and donkey.’”21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the thingsdevoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.” 22 AndSamuel said,“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.”
    7. 7. Why was the offering unacceptable?• Malachi 1: 6-10The Priests Polluted Offerings6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father,where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD ofhosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have wedespised your name?’ 7 By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say,‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the LORDs table may be despised.8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when youoffer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to yourgovernor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts. 9 Andnow entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a giftfrom your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the LORD of hosts. 10 Ohthat there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you mightnot kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the LORD ofhosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand.
    8. 8. What is considered a pleasing sacrifice or better than a sacrifice?• 1 Samuel 15:2222 And Samuel said,“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.• Psalm 51: 16-1716 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; *Definition of contrite: you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. Feeling or expressing17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; remorse or penitence; a broken and *contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. affected by guilt• Proverbs 15:88 Thesacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
    9. 9. What does God really want from us? What can we do in our daily life to please God?
    10. 10. Describe the similarities and differences in sin offerings and the blood of Christ…• Hebrews 9:6-76 These preparations having thus been made, the priests goregularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, 7 butinto the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year,and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and forthe unintentional sins of the people.• Hebrews 9:11-14Redemption Through the Blood of Christ11 Butwhen Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come,[a] then through thegreater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he enteredonce for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of hisown blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and thesprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify[b] for the purification of the flesh,14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself withoutblemish to God, purify our[c] conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
    11. 11. Describe the similarities and differences in sin offerings and the blood of Christ…• Hebrews 10:1-410 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things tocome instead of the true form of these realities, it cannever, by the same sacrifices that are continually offeredevery year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise,would they not have ceased to be offered, since theworshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longerhave any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrificesthere is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossiblefor the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.• Hebrews 10: 1414 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time thosewho are being sanctified.
    12. 12. Describe the similarities and differences in sin offerings and the blood of Christ… Similarities Differences Temporal Redemption of (yearly sacrifice) sins vs. eternal (one time for forever) Blood was Jesus’ blood offered to God/ (pure) vs. those Death was of bulls and necessary goats (tainted) The offering Jesus brought must be all of us into the unblemished holiest place Only the high priest was allowed into the holiest place
    13. 13. When was the last time you got angry with someone? And what did you do?
    14. 14. Cain was very angry and jealous when Godfavored Abel’s offering. What does God teach us about haboring anger? Dealing with anger?• Proverbs 14:1717 A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.• Ephesians4:25-2725 Therefore,having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with hisneighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not letthe sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.• Ephesians 4:3131 Letall bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away fromyou, along with all malice.• James 1:19-2019 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak,slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
    15. 15. Cain was very angry and jealous when Godfavored Abel’s offering. What does God teach us about haboring anger? Dealing with anger?CommentaryEphesians4:25-27• Notice the particulars wherewith we should adorn our Christian profession. Take heed of every thing contrary to truth. No longer flatter or deceive others. Gods people are children who will not lie, who dare not lie, who hate and abhor lying. Take heed of anger and ungoverned passions. If there is just occasion to express displeasure at what is wrong, and to reprove, see that it be without sin. We give place to the devil, when the first motions of sin are not grievous to our souls; when we consent to them; and when we repeat an evil deed. This teaches that as sin, if yielded unto, lets in the devil upon us, we are to resist it, keeping from all appearance of evil.Ephesians 4:31• Corrupt passions of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil-speaking, and malice, grieve the Holy Spirit. Provoke not the holy, blessed Spirit of God to withdraw his presence and his gracious influences.
    16. 16. God’s words to CainGenesis 4: 6-76 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your facefallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted?[b] And if you do notdo well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for[c] you, but youmust rule over it.”God personally communicates with Cain asking him why he is angry andexplaining that he should take responsibility by doing what is right inorder to be accepted. God also points out that if “you do not do what isright, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you mustmaster it.” Explain what you think God means by this.
    17. 17. God’s words to CainCommentaryThe character of the worshiper is the third possibility. The point is thatAbel offered in faith and righteousness with a willing heart. Such faithand obedience pleases God. Cains faith is his belief in the power ofthe sacrifice to reconcile him with God, was lacking perhaps becausehis repentance was not genuine or because he was denying that hehad sinned and was only paying "lip-service" at the altar and not"heart-service." From Gods rebuke of Cain in Genesis 4:7, it appearsthat sin was the chief problem in Cains life. Clearly, Cain was not"doing right" as St. John teaches in 1 Jn 3:12: And why did he murderhis brother? Because his own actions were evil and his brothersupright.God gave Cain the assurance that he had the power to master histemptation to sin, but he could only master sin if he resisted thetemptation to sin and was obedient (to "do well"/ "offer rightly") insubmitting himself to the will of God.
    18. 18. How then do we master the temptation to sin?• Romans 12:1-212 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as aliving sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] 2 Do not beconformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testingyou may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.• James 4:7-107 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nearto God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify yourhearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter beturned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and hewill exalt you.• 1 Peter 1:13-1613Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[a] and being sober-minded, set your hopefully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedientchildren, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he whocalled you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall beholy, for I am holy.”
    19. 19. On whom and on what is Cain’s focus on throughout the passage? What attitudes does he demonstrate in his reaction to God’s confrontation and to his punishment? Reflection: How can we deal with conflicts effectively from now?

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