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Renew Basics

Our Center: The Gospel
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the larger story
1) You need the larger story to understand why the good news is good. 2) Where you end the story determines what the good news actually is.

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Cosmic Drama

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the cosmic drama
CREATION FALL REDEMPTION RESTORATION

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k ingdom of God
The rule of God over creation in which His will is obeyed and His goodness experienced unhindered by the power of evil and sin.

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re lat i onal realms
GOD

SELF

OTHERS

CREATION
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Genesis 3:1-6 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”  4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.

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5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

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With God

CREATION (Shalom under God’s Rule in the Garden) God blessed them (Gen 1:28) Freely interacting with God (Gen 2:8a Were not ashamed (Gen 2:25)

THE FALL (Unraveled Shalom Under Satan’s Rule) - Hiding (Gen 3:8) - Receiving consequences (Gen 3:16-19) - Expelled (Gen 3:23-24) - Shame (Gen 3:7)

With Self With Others

Complimentary (Gen 1:18) - Covering (Gen 3:7) - Blame (Gen 9-12) - Conflict (Gen 3:16) Ruling over creatures ( Gen 1:28; 2:19-20) Tending, cultivating plants (Gen 2:15) - Death to animals (Gen 3:21) - Birthing (Gen 3:16) - Soil (Gen 3:17-18)

With Creation

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Genesis 6:5-7 5 The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground— for I regret that I have made them.”

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Romans 5:12 12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people

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Romans 8:20-22 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

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Ephesians 2:1-2 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 2 Corinthians 4:4 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

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br okene ss today
Relating to God . . . Relating to Others . . . Relating to Self . . . Relating to Creation . . .

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Genesis 3:14-15 14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,    “Cursed are you above all livestock    and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly    and you will eat dust    all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity    between you and the woman,    and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head,    and you will strike his heel.”

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sow what ?
1. Realize that the brokeness in this world was not originally intended by God but came as a result of the original rebellion against God. Start to include this fact in conversations you may have with friends who talk about the bad in the world but don’t believe in God’s story. 2. Develop compassion for people who have not yet received Jesus as you realize that apart from Christ they will never experience forgiveness or things as God intended. 3. Be faithful in telling this part of God’s cosmic drama as God gives you opportunity to talk with others about Him.
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