Sermon Recap: FALL OF HUMANITY based on Genesis 3:1-24

Many people object to the belief in God because of the presence of evil and suffering in our world. If God is good, then why does evil exist? God created everything good, for he is holy and perfect. However, when he created humanity, he created humanity with free will and the ability to choose. God did so because he did not want to force humanity to choose to have a relationship with him but for humanity to want to have a relationship with him. Relationships are strongest when it is built on mutual choice. But with free will came a risk, that humanity would instead choose to go its own way, separate from God, and give into sin.

When the serpent came into the garden, the goal was to drive a wedge between humanity and God. Satan had already fallen from heaven; now, he wanted to corrupt God’s perfect creation. Therefore, in the form of a serpent, he found Adam and Eve and bombarded them with several temptations–temptations that we all face even today. The fall of humanity goes far beyond simply eating the forbidden fruit; instead, it is the widespread surrender to the temptations.

What temptations did Adam and Eve face, and we all face?

  1. Questioning the Word of God (Gen 3:1). The Word of God should be non-negotiable. Instead, questioning the Word of God questions the authority of the one who gives the Word, as well as the accuracy of the Word and the integrity of the authority. Adam and Eve began to question the Word instead of standing on the Word as authority enough. The more we stray and question the Word, the further we drift from God.
  1. Engaging with the deceiver (Gen 3:2-3). Instead of silencing the voice of the serpent, they continued to dialogue. The more they dialogue, the more they allow the serpent to fill their heads and hearts with lies. The more we engage the evil one, the more we allow his lies to flood our spirits and souls. We eventually get to a place where we cannot distinguish what is truth and what is a lie. Instead, we should cut off any voice that speaks that directly opposes God’s Word. The best remedy to confusion and deceit is to surround yourself with truth!
  1. Questioning God’s motives (Gen 3:4-5). Adam and Eve began to believe the lie of the serpent, that God placed the prohibition because he was trying to keep something from them. Once we start questioning the motives of those around us, we allow the space to be filled with conspiracy theories or questioning the integrity of those who love us. The questioning builds walls and separates us from the ones we love, and we begin to push them away. That is precisely what Adam and Eve did to God, and in pushing away, they moved one step closer to sin.
  1. Giving space to lusts and emotions (Gen 3:6). Instead of standing on truth and God, Adam and Eve allowed their lusts and emotions to take over. They longed to fill their belly and desired to gain wisdom. Science shows us that when we are stuck in our emotions, we cannot access our logical reasoning. When we allow our emotions and lusts to take over, we can’t stop thinking about what we want or the temptation to sin instead of truth.
  1. Going along with the crowd (Gen 3:6). Adam could have put a stop to all of it. Instead, he watched Eve and the serpent and willingly joined along. We don’t know why he joined along, but going with the flow, the crowd, and what the world calls “normal” can lead us straight into trouble. Jesus said that if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit.
  1. Covering up our sins and mistakes (Gen 3:7). The story could have been different if Adam and Eve, after eating the fruit, realized their mistake and immediately tried to make it right. Instead, they tried to cover up their mistake to deceive God and themselves. They saw themselves in their sin and tried to sweep it under the rug. How often do we try to sweep our mistakes under the rug to look good?
  1. Hiding from God (Gen 3:8-11). When Adam and Eve heard God enter the garden, they tried to hide from him. The more we hide, the more we believe we will not be seen and not face the consequences of our choice. But instead of being vulnerable, real, and opening a door for healing and reconciliation, hiding tries to conceal what one has done from God or others.
  1. Blaming others/refusing to take responsibility (Gen 3:12-13). Once they were exposed and could hide no longer, then they confronted the actions. But instead of taking responsibility, Adam blamed Eve and blamed God for his mess. Eve blamed the serpent. How often do we shirk responsibility and blame someone else for our mistakes?

As a result of the fall, humanity today experiences hardship and difficulties (3:16-19), loss of relationship with God (3:22), and is banished from access to the tree of life (3:23-24). Sin has entered the world, and we face these same eight temptations on a regular basis. God did provide a means of salvation in Jesus, who would crush the serpent’s head (3:15), but we still, as humanity, have to live with the consequences of our choices. But we have the ability to choose to have a relationship with God and say no to temptation and sin, even though our natural pull is toward sin. What will we choose?

Questions for Reflection

1) In what ways do we question the Word of God?

2) What voices do you allow to speak into your life that are in opposition to God? What steps can you take to silence them?

3) Why is it difficult to go against the crowd?

4) Why is it easy to attempt to cover up or hide instead of coming clean?

5) For what things are you blaming God today? How can you reconcile that?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, we will honor our fathers for Father’s Day. Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Sin and Salvation with the sermon titled “Sin’s Devastation” based on Isaiah 59:1-15 and Romans 5:12-18. What is the full impact of sin? Why is salvation needed? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for June 11 – 17

June 11: Psalm 71:1-8 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 12: Psalm 71:19-24 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 13: Psalm 75:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 14: Psalm 77:13-20 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 15: Psalm 84:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 16: Psalm 86:1-13 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 17: Psalm 89:1-8 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Reminder: Sunday School is at 9:15, Worship at 10:30!

Saturday, June 15–Father/Son Breakfast @ 8 am

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, June 20–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, June 23–Outdoor Worship & Communion

Sunday, June 23–Vespers @ 5 pm w/ special guest group Ava Care

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of June is Isaiah 59:1:

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church will take the summer months off (June, July, August).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. So far, we have had only a few names sign up. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today!

AVA CARE BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN

If you did not yet pick up a baby bottle, there are still a few left available in the church narthex. Fill the baby bottle with change and/or dollars. Bring back for the final Sunday of June (June 30). We will have service of dedication and pray over them for the women who will be blessed by the ministry.

NEED FOR CLOTHING & HYGIENE PRODUCTS

As stated on Sunday, there is a need for clothing and hygiene products:

Women’s shirt size M/L

Pant size 10

Shoe size 6 1/2 – 7, depending on the shoe

Boy shirt size 7/8

Pant size 6/7 or 7/8

Shoe size 13c or 1

There will be a box in the narthex to place donated items. If you would like to donate a gift card instead, gift cards for Walmart or Target would be great (clothing & hygiene products), as well as for grocery stores.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is in the process of coming up with a trip proposal to see Noah at Sight & Sound in 2025. Please stay tuned for the information once the trip is planned!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Sharon Botkin (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Savannah Cox (comfort and peace)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz family (loss)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Norma Suter (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–June 11, 2024