Adam & Eve

{Rooted}: “Anything” Study-Week 1 (Part 2): Fig Leaves & Abandoning Pretending

Adam & Eve

Adam & Eve – Fig Leaves

least good: abandoning pretending

So, I don’t know about you all but I’m definitely picturing Adam and Eve and their fig leaf coverings after reading Chapter 2 of “Anything.” And I’m struck by how much power the “covering up” before each other and the Lord has over us.

Jennie Allen drove the point home on page 21, when she writes, “We are all hiding from each other with big fig leaves, but God says, ‘You could stop because I am a way better covering. I have an actual payment for all the sin you are hiding. But it will take coming out from behind your leaves. It will take humility to see that you need me.” (John 11:25, 1 John 1:8 paraphrased.” The irony is that Jesus’ blood takes the least good and makes them the most good. It’s beautiful.

So… my big question for Chapter 2 is: What is your fig leaf? What are you hiding or pretending?

With Genesis 3 firmly in our minds, let’s jump into the questions.

  • Allen writes on page 15: These were leaves of pretending, the same leaves we call religion or perhaps mortality or maybe being good.

What “leaves of pretending” do you turn to trying to cover who you really are?

  • I don’t how many of you were suprised by the good works versus our hearts/faith dichotomy. Allen writes on page 16: “God is clear. The state of our invisible hearts takes precedence over all the good behavior, over all the bad.”

How worried are you about “being good” or “looking good”? 

For the parents: How do you practically address the true condition of the heart in parenting and guard against behavior modification? Do you have anything that has worked that you could share to help those in the group?

  • On page 17, Allen tells the story of Jesus rebuking the religious in Matthew, “So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23:28). 

How does the gospel promote humility? 

  • Allen writes on page 21: “Anyone can get to heaven – no matter how messy his or her life. And by the same token, anyone can be kept out – regardless of all his or her fancy goodness.” 

Do you really believe in heaven? And if so, do you believe you can get to heaven through faith and not good works? 

  • Allen talks a lot about pride and arrogance.  I’m learning that pride and arrogance can look like so many different things.

In what ways has pride kept you from drawing close to God? Your spouse? Your kids? What do you need to surrender so that God can have you entirely (pg 19)?

  • Allen shares a great story about her friend Kathryn, her prayer, her questions about her father and heaven, and the aunt’s call.

How did you feel about the story? The call? Her prayer? Are there people that you have the same prayers for?

  • On page 24, Allen talks about the “imperfect forehead signs.” 

What is your “imperfect forehead sign”? 

Favorite part/line/saying?

I loved the part about God is clear on page 16. He deals in the unseen. He deals with our hearts. I just love it. {Now, if I can just not forget it!}

What was your favorite part, line or saying? 

Bible Verses to Ponder

I thought that Allen’s verse was a great one to ponder this week. And I really liked the power of The Message’s version.

  • “So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” Matthew 23:28.
  • “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds.” Matthew 23:7-28 (MSG)

Please share yours!

We can’t wait to hear how God is moving in your lives! Please post your comments here or on the Facebook group!

your sisters in faith,

Hope and Karina

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2 thoughts on “{Rooted}: “Anything” Study-Week 1 (Part 2): Fig Leaves & Abandoning Pretending

  1. Kacey says:

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    • hopejoypeace says:

      Hi Kacey, Thank you so much for stopping by and for saying hello. I’m so glad you did. That Deidra is amazing. She has put us all in touch with one another and written our stories. I’m so happy that I am getting a chance to meet you! I will be a new visitor-friend on your internet home! blessings to you, Hope

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