1. Discuss

If someone said to you, “What is the Bible all about?” What would you say?

2. Discuss

The opening & closing words in the Bible – Gen1:1 Rev 22:21.The Bible starts with God the Father and ends with God the Son. Jesus as the Son of God is the full & final expression of all that pertains to the person & the purposes of God. Particularly in creation – See Hebrews 1:2-3

3. Discuss

What does Luke 24:27 tell us about the heart & centre of the Bible story is the person of Jesus Christ.

4. Discuss

What do you notice about the descriptions in Genesis 1: 1; 2:4-7 &Revelation 21:1-4? There are actually two endings to God’s story. Rev 21:5-7  & Rev 20:12-15

5.   Discuss

What did Jesus mean by the words in Rev 1:17 about “Alpha & Omega, the Beginning & the End, the First & the Last”?

6. Discuss

How is it significant for you that God’s story embraces every other story that can be told in God’s created order – which means that God’s story includes your story?

7. Discuss

How does God’s story help make sense of your story in the 4 big questions:-

  • Who am I? (Identity)
  • Where did I come from? (Origin)
  • Why am I here? (Meaning)
  • Where am I going? (Destiny)

8. Discuss

How does understanding the big picture of the Bible, in terms of the 4 great themes of the Bible,  Creation – Fall – Redemption – Restoration, help you to make sense of the details?

Note: The Bible was written over a 1600 yr period by 40 different authors- The word Bible comes from the Greek word biblia, which means “books.”  The Bible is an anthology of 66 different books but they contain one story – the 4 key themes span the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

9. Discuss

While Creation, Fall, Redemption & Restoration are themes that define the big picture, they are also present in the details of everyday life. How could this relate to your experience living within a moment of Creation, Fall, Redemption or Restoration?

10. Discuss

The pattern of Creation, Fall, Redemption & Restoration in the life of the Apostle Peter.

  • Luke 5:1-11 – This was a new beginning for Peter, a creation moment
  • Luke 22: 59-62. – We know of Peter’s fall when he denied Christ
  • John 21:3-7, 15 – Redemption for Peter. Redemption is the reclaiming of what has been lost – redemption is about recovery. The resurrected Lord Jesus sought out Peter to bring him back.
  • The next time we read of Peter is at Pentecost where he preaches the first sermon in the Christian era – 3,000 coming to faith in Christ. Peter was brought back from failure, sin, and denial & restored to a devotion to Jesus that would not desert him even though in the end it would cost him his life.  Jesus brought Peter back to fellowship/faith/fruitfulness.

11. Discuss

Where are you this morning in your spiritual journey? Is it a place of creation where God is doing a new thing in your life, to draw you to Himself in new understanding, new devotion, and new opportunities for witness or service?

12. Discuss

How does 1 Cor 5:17 fit within the Creation-fall- Redemption- Restoration pattern?


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