Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Basics: Redemptive History (Genesis-Revelation)

This study is probably much too long for one session, unless you have 2 hours. It might work to have people go through the first section on their own, or to use these questions to construct a short teaching time in which you can summarize the overview of redemptive history.

In my opinion, it's the five questions at the end that are most important.

Note the illustrated guide at the bottom of the study.

1. How important is Jesus?
2. Why?
3. Have you ever thought, "It wasn't supposed to be this way?" What was going on?
4. Read Genesis 1:31. What are examples of how our world has become less than "good"?
5. How did Adam and Eve's disobedience bring this brokenness about? (Read Genesis 3:11-12,23-24)
6. According to Genesis 4, what were some of the consequences of sin on Adam and Eve's family? How do we still see some of these same consequences today?
7. Over the centuries, how effective have mankind's efforts been to eradicate the effects of sin?
8. Why do you think man is unable to rid himself of sin's consequences?
9. What does it mean that men have fallen short of God's glory?(Romans 3:23)
10. How does Jesus remedy the failure of mankind?(Romans 5:8)
11. Why was it necessary for Jesus to die?
12. How does Jesus' death make us into "new creatures?" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
13. How did God intend for his new creation to become ministers of reconciliation? (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Matthew 28:19-20)
14. What are you most looking forward to when God finalizes the new creation (Revelation 21)

----------GETTING PERSONAL----------

1. Have you ever sinned? When did you first "fall"?
2. How has your sin kept you from being the person God created you to be?
3. How have you attempted to remove the effects of sin from your own life? How have you failed?
4. How important is Jesus?
5. Why?

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