Genesis 3:1-24 * Luke 4: 1-13


May the following ‘model’ assist in answering these questions:

  • What did I learn?
  • What emotion or spiritual awakening did the narratives / Sunday’s message stir within me?
  • What do I need to do or become?

EXPERIENCE the story

Jot down anything that strikes you as you read and experience the story in Genesis and Luke.

  • What to you, is the “Bottom Line” of each story?
  • How do these ‘bottom lines’ relate to each other?
  • What does that mean to you?

EXPLORE the background, context and related aspects

Jesus: Fully God: (Col 1: 15-20; 2:9); Claimed God his Father: (John 5: 16-18); Fully human: Phil 2: 5-11)

Satan: The god, prince, & ruler of this world (2 Cor 4;4; John 12:31; John 14:30; 16:11; Eph 2:2) Please, note the lower case!

Our situation: Death through Adam (Rom 5:12); Surrounded by ungodliness (2 Cor 4:4); Life through Christ (1 John 5:19,20); Power through Christ in us (John 14:30b)

(Yes, there is a lot more that could be explored. The above is sufficient for this exercise)

ENGAGE the story with real life situations

Which of the temptations do you encounter the most?

Reflect on how you handle temptation. Where do you find yourself in the story?

EXPAND your life as a Christ Follower

“Not every Valley or Desert experience is there to break you down.  Like Jesus’ experience, it may be there to build up, mould you for God’s plan and purpose for your life.”