Small Group Studies

Greatest Story Ever Told: Week 1



In this brand-new series, The Greatest Story Ever Told, we are looking at some of the people God used throughout Scripture to spread His message of hope. Today, we begin with Adam and Eve and go all the way through Abraham. We will learn about the faith (or lack of faith) of these people and be reminded that we serve a faithful God who is faithful even when we remain faithless.



What is your favorite story? (This can be a book, a movie, a television show, or something else.)





Bible Study

1. Read Genesis 3:1-13 and Genesis 3:20-24. How did Adam and Eve demonstrate a lack of faith? What hope do we have in this passage of Scripture despite the tragedy of this story?

Genesis 3:1-13

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” 2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’ ” 4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” 6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. 8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” 11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” 

Genesis 3:20-24

20 Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live. 21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

22 Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” 23 So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. 24 After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

2. Read Genesis 6:9-22. What do we learn about Noah versus the rest of the people on earth? How did God honor Noah?

Genesis 6:9-22

9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. 10 Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. 12 God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. 13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!

14 “Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. 15 Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 16 Leave an 18-inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper.

17 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. 18 But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 19 Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. 20 Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. 21 And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”

22 So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.

3. Read Genesis 12:1-9. How did Abraham display faith in God in this passage of Scripture? 

Genesis 12:1-9

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5 He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan, 6 Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh. At that time, the area was inhabited by Canaanites.

7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord, and he worshiped the Lord. 9 Then Abram continued traveling south by stages toward the Negev.

4. What do you think motivated Abraham’s faith in this passage of Scripture?



1.  After looking at these different people in the story of Scripture, what elements are essential when it comes to faith?

2. What characteristics of the people who we studied in Scripture today do you admire?

3. What is holding you back from trusting God and being faithful to Him today?



One of the reasons we can trust God and His promises is because God is faithful to us. He has been faithful to us throughout our lives. Small group leaders, set a timer for three minutes. Individually make a list of how He has been faithful to you in your lives. When the timer goes off, have everyone share a few of the things they wrote down. Let these stories of God's faithfulness spur you on to live faithfully and trust Him with the future.



The writer of the book of Hebrews recounts stories of the faith of some of the Biblical characters we read about between Adam and Eve and Abraham. Some of these stories we have yet to look at, and some of these stories we have read, but the author of Hebrews brings new light to these stories. Let's take a look at this passage of Scripture to learn more about how to have faith that pleases God.



The first person we will look at today is Abel. Abel was one of the sons of Adam and Eve. Abel showed faith through the offering that he brought to God. We read about this story in Genesis

1. Read Hebrews 11:4.

Hebrews 11:4

It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel's offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

 2. Compare Abel's offering to the offering that his brother, Cain, brought.

3. Why was God pleased with Abel's offering?

4. How did Abel's offering demonstrate his faith?



We read part of Noah's story earlier in our Bible study together. Now, let's look at how the author of Hebrews brings a new understanding of Noah and his commendable faith in God.

1. Read Hebrews 11:7.

Hebrews 11:7

It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

 2.  How did Noah demonstrate his faith, according to this passage of Scripture?

3.  Why did Noah build the large boat, according to this passage of Scripture?

4.  What was the result of Noah’s faith in God?


Abraham and Sarah:

We looked at part of Abraham's story earlier in our Bible study together. Now, let's take a look at how Abraham and his wife, Sarah, further displayed remarkable faith in God and his promises by reading the summary of their faith in the book of Hebrews.

1.  Read Hebrews 11:8-12.

Hebrews 11:8-12

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 9 And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God. 11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. 12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them. 

2.  What was Abraham’s motivation, according to this passage of Scripture?

3.  How did both Abraham and Sarah display faith in God, according to this passage of Scripture?

4.  What was the result of their faith in God and His promises?



1. When you think about the people we studied today, what stands out about their faith?

2. Look back at all of the people you studied and their faith. What common threads do you see between their faith in God and their behavior based on their faith in God?

3. How do these stories of faith inspire you to grow in your faith?

One thing is clear after reading these stories of faith: when we have faith, we obey God. Is there something you know God has been calling you to do that you have been avoiding? This could be serving in church, stopping a habit that you know goes against Scripture, or something else. Share that with your group. After everyone has shared, pray together. Pray that God would give each one of you the courage to obey Him today.


MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE (Available for download on Sagebrush App)

Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God? Psalm 71:19