NextLevel Online: Between Two Trees

Session 2: The Mystery of Eden - What Happened in the Garden?

Session 2 covers what happened in the Garden of Eden. What is sin and union? How did we became "one flesh" with Death and what are the perilous results?


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline
  • The Question

    • What happened in the Garden of Eden?

      • The Narrative

        • Genesls 1 – GOd woos all of creation into existence.

        • .Genesls 2 – the creation account centered on day 6 (creation of humanity).

        • Genesls 3 – tragedy strikes creation.

  • The Problem

    • Reciting the narrative of Genesis doesn’t answer the question.

    • Key Question: What if Adam and Eve’s sin was far worse than just an infraction against a divine law? (Genesis 3:8-9)

  • A New Question to Answer Our Question

    • What is sin?

      • Typical response: an “indiscretion” (intentional or unintentional) that demands punishment from God.

      • It can’t be less than this, but what if it’s worse than that?

    • What is union?

      • To answer, “what is sin?” we need to answer, “What is union?”

        • Answer: when two become one flesh (Genesis 2:24).

        • We were created for union because we were created in the image of a triune God (Genesis 1: 26-27)

  • Conclusion

    • What happened in Eden? We became "one flesh" with Death

    • And the results have been perilous.

Discussion Questions for Video 2:

  • How did you view sin as a child? Or how did you view sin before you were a Christian? How has that view been changed?

  • How has the church defined sin in your life?

  • How does union with ungodly things affect our understanding of God?

  • How do we point out the seriousness of humanity’s union with Death to other Christians in an age where we hear so often in the church: “I’m only human, I make mistakes”?

  • What are some ways that we choose a union with Death instead of union with the Father?

  • What is the “forbidden fruit” you try to grasp?

  • What hind of union is in your life right now, whether virtuous or not?

  • In a society that is easily offended and hates talking about sin, how do we communicate the brutality of sin without turning the people away from the gospel?

  • In what ways do you see us longing for union?

  • Do we sell sin short in order to minimize the extent to which God is asking us to transform?

  • How do you explain our union with Death to a Sunday school class of 3'd grade boys?

  • Let’s dissect God’s phrase in Genesis 3, “where are you” a little bit deeper. He obviously knew where Adam and Eve were, so why did he ask the question?

  • If God’s calling is rooted in mourning, how can our own grief be a tool in the path to transformation?

  • How does Christ’s work impact our longing for union?

  • How might Romans 8:22 connect with Gen. 3:8-9? What implications can we draw from all of creation’s union with Death?

  • How does God’s act of creation reveal deeper levels of union? Like: Adam was created from the dust of the Earth. Eve was created from Adam's side. All of humanity was created in God's image, etc.

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.