This is lesson 1 of 6 in Good Work, a bible study on the gift of work.
- Main Point of the Passage: When God created Adam, he gave him work, even in the Garden of Eden
- Main Point of the Lesson: Work is a blessing from God
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will take satisfaction in the work God gives them
- Key Verse: “The Lord God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.” Genesis 2:15, CSB
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: Finish the sentence: Why do you think your parents (or whoever named you) gave you the name you have?
Share Question: What are some of the blessings God gives to virtually everyone on earth?
Introduce the Passage: Work is a blessing from God. When God created Adam, he gave him work, even in the Garden of Eden. That’s what we’ll see as we read Genesis 1:24–2:17. Remember, everything we will read about in this passage happened before sin entered the world.
Study Question: Let’s read Genesis 1:24–2:17 and list the tasks God gave to Adam.
Possible answers include:
- Rule over the earth and all its creatures (1:26)
- Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth (1:28)
- Subdue the earth (1:28)
- Work the garden and watch over it (2:15)
- Do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (2:17)
Connect-the-Dots Question: What benefits do you think Adam received from doing the work God gave him?
Count-the-Cost Question: When Adam and Eve sinned, work changed. Read Genesis 3:17–19 and answer this question: How did the Fall affect work?
Let’s-Do-It Question: How could this passage change the way you think about your own work?
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving us the gift of work. Teach us to take satisfaction in the work you have given us.