May 2, 2016
If someone said to you, “What is the Bible all about?” What would you say?
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
What does Luke 24:27 tell us about the heart & centre of the Bible story is the person of Jesus Christ.
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
What did Jesus mean by the words in Rev 1:17 about “Alpha & Omega, the Beginning & the End, the First & the Last”?
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?
How does God’s story help make sense of your story in the 4 big questions:-
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.
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?
The pattern of Creation, Fall, Redemption & Restoration in the life of the Apostle Peter.
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?
How does 1 Cor 5:17 fit within the Creation-fall- Redemption- Restoration pattern?