WHAT STORY AM I IN? (7 WEEKS)
“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed." - Psalm 139:16
Your life is a story.
Your story is also an important part of a much larger story... God's Story.
The Christian Bible is The Story of God's relationship to us, His people. Understanding the basics of The Story is key to learning to live Fully Alive within it.
In this experience you will discover that The Story contains many familiar themes we find in the world's most popular adventure stories. There is an epic journey toward home, there are heroes and villains, there are regular battles, and there is a promised victory.
Psalm 139:16 suggests that God has a Fully Alive story laid out for you to live within this greater story. "What Story I Am In?" focuses on learning The Story so you can join The Story!
QUOTE FOR OPTIONAL CONVERSATION: "Is God really in control? The concept of the control of God over everything is called the “sovereignty” of God. Nothing gives us strength and confidence like an understanding of the sovereignty of God in our lives. The only way to trust in God’s sovereign control and rest in it is to know God. Know His attributes, know what He has done in the past, and this builds confidence in Him."
QUOTE FOR OPTIONAL CONVERSATION: "The Garden of Eden will be restored. Our access to the eternal garden of God is based on our restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The One who laid down His life for us has defeated the serpent and opened paradise: “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
QUOTE FOR OPTIONAL CONVERSATION: "Faith is the foundation that undergirds our hope. It is not a blind grasping in the dark, but an absolute conviction that comes from experiencing God’s love and the faithfulness of His Word. The term translated 'assurance' is also translated as 'evidence' or 'proof.' With our natural eyes, we cannot see the realities of God’s kingdom, but by faith we receive the evidence or proof that they exist.”
QUOTE FOR OPTIONAL CONVERSATION: "In Paul’s writings, the flesh stands for the natural desires of a person operating apart from God. A person who has not been raised to life spiritually is still “in the flesh.” To Paul, a person who is spiritual is one who has been born by the Spirit, even if that person will occasionally fail to live up to that reality.”
QUOTE FOR OPTIONAL CONVERSATION: "The Old Testament is more than a history of Israel. It is really a history of the covenant in which God revealed, little by little, His character and His plans and purposes for mankind. Most Bible scholars recognize several major covenants in the Old Testament in which God promises to do something.”
QUOTE FOR OPTIONAL CONVERSATION: "Scripture presents conclusive evidence that Jesus Christ was in fact resurrected from the dead. From these passages you can gain several 'proofs' of Christ’s resurrection. First is the dramatic change in the disciples. They went from a group of men frightened and in hiding to strong, courageous witnesses sharing the gospel throughout the world. What else could explain this dramatic change other than the risen Christ appearing to them?"
QUOTE FOR OPTIONAL CONVERSATION: "As followers of Jesus Christ, we all want to live a triumphant Christian life. The Bible assures us that God and His Son Jesus are Victors and that believers can share in their victories: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."