Use one or both of these questions to introduce the lesson:
1. Do you ever walk for exercise? If so, do you ever walk with a friend? What is the value in doing so?
2. What do we mean by the phrases “going with the flow” and “swimming against the tide?” How do you decide whether to conform to or to oppose common practices?
Read Genesis 5:21-24.
1. Look at Enoch’s life in its larger context. Compare the last statements of Genesis 5:5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 to Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5, 6. What is the result of a faithful walk with God?
2. Enoch lived in a world dominated by death and corruption (Genesis 6:5), but God allowed him to escape from it. When has walking faithfully with God allowed you to escape the consequences of the sinful lifestyles of others around you?
Read Genesis 6:8-17.
3. How were Enoch and Noah alike (Genesis 5:22; 6:9)? While Enoch was taken out of a world of death, what was the result of Noah’s faithful walk with God (v. 17, 18)?
4. Enoch escaped from the storm, while Noah survived through the storm. When has walking faithfully with God allowed you to survive storms of life? What is your “ark?” See 1 Peter 3:20b-22.
Read Genesis 6:18-7:1; 9:1.
5. Noah’s faithful walk did more than simply save himself. Who else benefited from Noah’s faithful walk (vv. 6:18-20; 7:1; 9:1)?
6. Our broken world is subject to decay, disaster, and destruction (Romans 8:18-22). How have faithful believers throughout history helped rebuild and renew this world after adversity struck?
7. This week, meditate on the words of Micah 6:8. What can you do to “walk humbly with your God” in this troubled world?