Erosion / Roots


So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. 
Colossians 2:6-7



Erosion Experiment

Here’s what you will need:
2 aluminum foil pans – lasagna pans work best.  1 pan-full of dirt from garden or yard – not potting soil.  A watering can and a pair of scissors. 

Here’s what you do:
Fill 1 pan with dirt. Poke a few holes in the short side of the pan. Place the dirt-filled pan into the second pan, so the second pan will catch the water. Using a watering can, begin to experiment.

Pour the water onto your dirt. You can experiment any way that suits your fancy: Tilt your dirt-filled pan to vary the slope, pour the water fast or very slowly. Pour some, wait and then pour again.  Try adding wind (blow across your soil). Experiment with erosion as long as you would like.

Observations of Erosion Experiment
What causes erosion? Did the erosion vary if factors changed? What happened when the water first hit your dirt? What about after the dirt was wet? Did that affect the erosion? 



Application of Observations: Spiritual Erosion
Look at your notes from the erosion experiment. Write a definition of physical erosion.

Now, apply your observations to spiritual erosion. Hypothesize what causes spiritual erosion. 

Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-12. What examples of spiritual erosion are noted in the passage?

Take a look at some of these warnings closer. Do you see spiritual erosion occurring? In each of the warning examples, how does the erosion begin?


Further examine the spiritual erosion cause of idolatry.
Read Exodus 32:1-6. What is the cause of the erosion? 

Does Aaron try to compromise? {Hint: Verse 5}

Look back at your definition of spiritual erosion. Revise below, if necessary.


Think about your life. Are there any causes of spiritual erosion present in your life? Write them out.



Roots Experiment

Here’s what you will need:
Your pans from the erosion experiment (add more soil if needed), watering can (add more water if needed), scissors, 5-6 pipe cleaners, string (optional). 

Here’s what you do:
Using the pipe cleaners as “roots,” conduct the erosion experiment again. For example, cut a pipe cleaner into various sizes. Attach pipe cleaners to each other to form a root system. You can use the string as smaller, “feeder” roots. Start with a few roots, adding more as you experiment. 

Using a watering can, pour the water onto your dirt and roots. Don’t forget to tilt your dirt-filled pan to vary the slope, add roots, change the system. Experiment with erosion and roots as long as you like.

Observations of Roots Experiment
Adding roots lessens erosion. Can you change this effect? Vary the root length, amount, density.  Try adding wind (blow across your soil). Did this affect the experiment?



Application of Observations: Spiritual Roots
Apply your observations on roots to spiritual roots. Hypothesize how spiritual roots form.


Read Colossians 2:1-8. What roots does Paul note?


How can you develop these roots? {Hint: Jeremiah 17:5-8, 2 Corinthians 11:3}


What is the best way to develop roots? {Hint: John 15:5}


Read the causes of spiritual erosion in your life. What specific spiritual roots could help you stop this erosion?



Look back over your observations and application. Write a prayer praising God for giving us a process for root development.




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See You In The Round,