Judah married outside of his family line and was influenced by a pagan culture. He was a hypocrite, liar, and murderer. Sin gives birth to sin. Yet no sin can ever thwart God’s perfect plans.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is one thing about this message that was particularly helpful, challenging, or encouraging for you?
- Read and discuss Genesis 38. What does this reveal about the nature of sin, hypocrisy and the conscience? What sin patterns do you note here that have been building in previous chapters of Genesis?
- How is Tamar a “deceptive savior”?
- What are the purposes of boundaries in our lives? What do boundaries have to do with character? What boundaries do you hope people see in your life? What would you want others to know about your character based on those boundaries?
- Discuss the following statement: “Sin gives birth to sin.” How have you seen this to be true? What is the trajectory of all sin?
- What is righteousness? What does sin have to do with righteousness?
- Read and discuss Romans 7:21-8:2. What is your response to this? How does the gospel of Jesus Christ the remedy to our lack of righteousness because of sin?
- How can we impact the world without the world impacting us?