The Story of Redpemption

The Story of Redpemption

Creation

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  He created the sun and the moon, the land and the sea, the animals on the ground, the fish in the sea, and the birds in the sky.  Last of all, he created man. He created them male and female, in His image, and he gave them dominion over His creation to act as stewards.  When he finished everything, he looked at what he created and said it was very good. 

 

Fall

Adam and Eve, the first people, were blessed to walk and talk with God in the Garden of Eden.  They had responsibilities - to keep the garden and fill the earth with children and grandchildren.  They learned from God what they ought to do and what they ought not to do. They were given one rule - Do not eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  But that is what they did, and their sin separated them and us from God.  Rather than having dominion over creation as it was meant to be, now sin has dominion over the creation.

 

Redemption

It seemed hopeless, but with God nothing is impossible.  Though we are a fallen people, God sent his Son to redeem us. His name is Jesus.  He came to love, heal, and forgive.  He lived a perfect life in our place and died a sacrificial death on our behalf, bearing our sins and paying the penalty that we deserve. On the third day, he rose again, and now he offers forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith and repentance. 

 

Restoration

The world began good, but it fell into a bad state.  Now through Jesus Christ, God is restoring what was lost, and it will be complete when he returns and takes all that is wrong in the world and sets it right. And all of those who have turned to Jesus Christ for salvation with live with him forever in a restored Eden called the New Jerusalem.  It will be heaven on earth.

 

Follow the Interactive Story

The gospel is more than just a simple message or announcement.  It is a grand story that begins at creation and is still happening today.  We are a part of that story.  As you read and interact, you will see where we are in the story line, but you will want to ask, "Where am I in this story?  Where is my story going?" 

 

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Follow the Interactive Story

The gospel is more than just a simple message or announcement.  It is a grand story that begins at creation and is still happening today.  We are a part of that story.  As you read and interact, you will see where we are in the story line, but you will want to ask, "Where am I in this story?  Where is my story going?" 

 

Follow the links to learn more. 

Creation

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  He created the sun and the moon, the land and the sea, the animals on the ground, the fish in the sea, and the birds in the sky.  Last of all, he created man. He created them male and female, in His image, and he gave them dominion over His creation to act as stewards.  When he finished everything, he looked at what he created and said it was very good. 

 

Fall

Adam and Eve, the first people, were blessed to walk and talk with God in the Garden of Eden.  They had responsibilities - to keep the garden and fill the earth with children and grandchildren.  They learned from God what they ought to do and what they ought not to do. They were given one rule - Do not eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  But that is what they did, and their sin separated them and us from God.  Rather than having dominion over creation as it was meant to be, now sin has dominion over the creation.

 

Redemption

It seemed hopeless, but with God nothing is impossible.  Though we are a fallen people, God sent his Son to redeem us. His name is Jesus.  He came to love, heal, and forgive.  He lived a perfect life in our place and died a sacrificial death on our behalf, bearing our sins and paying the penalty that we deserve. On the third day, he rose again, and now he offers forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith and repentance. 

 

Restoration

The world began good, but it fell into a bad state.  Now through Jesus Christ, God is restoring what was lost, and it will be complete when he returns and takes all that is wrong in the world and sets it right. And all of those who have turned to Jesus Christ for salvation with live with him forever in a restored Eden called the New Jerusalem.  It will be heaven on earth.

 

God the Creator

God is Relational.  He eternally exists at Trinity - three in one, one in three. Each person distinct from the other yet mysteriously unified to such an extent that there is but one God. Because God is Trinity, he is never lonely.  He is always in perfect communion within himself, and his creation of us as male and female reflects his relational character. Because God is relational, he created us to relate to him and one another in love.

God is Holy and Good. All that God created was good because he himself is good.  All that God is and does is good. "You are good, and what you do is good" (Ps. 119:68). His relationship with Adam and Eve was perfect, but sin separated that relationship.  God is holy, and he cannot allow sin in his presence. When Adam and Eve sinned, in holiness and righteousness, he drove them out of the Garden (Gen. 3:22-24).

God is Gracious. Even in the midst of the curse that man brought upon himself, God promised redemption.  Genesis 3:14-19 outlines the details of the curse upon mankind, but in verse fifteen, God promised a son to the woman who would one day crush the head of Satan.  That son would not only be the son of the woman but the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

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God the Creator

God is Relational.  He eternally exists at Trinity - three in one, one in three. Each person distinct from the other yet mysteriously unified to such an extent that there is but one God. Because God is Trinity, he is never lonely.  He is always in perfect communion within himself, and his creation of us as male and female reflects his relational character. Because God is relational, he created us to relate to him and one another in love.

God is Holy and Good. All that God created was good because he himself is good.  All that God is and does is good. "You are good, and what you do is good" (Ps. 119:68). His relationship with Adam and Eve was perfect, but sin separated that relationship.  God is holy, and he cannot allow sin in his presence. When Adam and Eve sinned, in holiness and righteousness, he drove them out of the Garden (Gen. 3:22-24).

God is Gracious. Even in the midst of the curse that man brought upon himself, God promised redemption.  Genesis 3:14-19 outlines the details of the curse upon mankind, but in verse fifteen, God promised a son to the woman who would one day crush the head of Satan.  That son would not only be the son of the woman but the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

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The Consequences of Sin

Inherited Sin and Guilt. Adam and Eve were the first parents, and the apple did not fall far from the tree. Because Adam was the representative of the human race, his actions became our actions. His sin became our, and his guilt became ours (Rom. 5:12, 18). But not only did we inherit his guilt, we inherited his sin, and we are born sinful by nature, at enmity with God our creator.

Death. The wages of sin is death.  When created, we were meant to live forever, but sin brought death, and this is a reality that every person must face. Our bodies are fragile and frail.  We wear out.  We die.  But our soul lives on.  The fear of death is very real, but the gospel prepares us to go into that mysterious unknown.

Condemnation. Death is not the end but a new beginning.  What we do in this life will determine the nature of the next.  Because we are sinful by nature, we are unable to earn our way into the righteous, holy presence of God. Our finite works cannot earn the presence of His infinite righteousness. Therefore, all who die in sin will face an eternal condemnation apart from God and his grace.

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The Consequences of Sin

Inherited Sin and Guilt. Adam and Eve were the first parents, and the apple did not fall far from the tree. Because Adam was the representative of the human race, his actions became our actions. His sin became our, and his guilt became ours (Rom. 5:12, 18). But not only did we inherit his guilt, we inherited his sin, and we are born sinful by nature, at enmity with God our creator.

Death. The wages of sin is death.  When created, we were meant to live forever, but sin brought death, and this is a reality that every person must face. Our bodies are fragile and frail. We wear out. We die.  But our soul lives on.  The fear of death is very real, but the gospel prepares us to go into that mysterious unknown.

Condemnation. Death is not the end but a new beginning.  What we do in this life will determine the nature of the next.  Because we are sinful by nature, we are unable to earn our way into the righteous, holy presence of God. Our finite works cannot earn the presence of His infinite righteousness. Therefore, all who die in sin will face an eternal condemnation apart from God and his grace.

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Faith that Redeems

The Meaning of His Sacrifice. The story of Jesus' death is a sad one. He was falsely accused and crucified by jealous religious leaders. Many thought their hopes of a Messiah were dashed when he was laid in the tomb, but they were not seeing the picture clearly. Jesus came here to die on the cross. His death was not an accident of history - it was his purpose. His death was substitutionary. He took our sins upon himself and paid the penalty that we deserve so he could credit to us the righteous life that he lived.

Saving Faith. The work of Jesus on the cross is like a gift, and people do not receive its benefits until that gift is opened. A person must turn to Jesus and call on him for salvation. Saving faith has two components.

Faith. Faith or trust is when a person gives up trusting in themselves (in their own goodness, works, and abilities) and turns to the one and only person who is good, righteous, and capable of all things.  Faith in Christ means a loss of faith in self and the things of this world.

Repentance. Real faith does not happen without repentance.  In the process of losing faith in themselves, a person will turn away from the world, themselves, and the false promises of sin.  They will turn to Jesus and look to him for hope, joy, happiness, peace and salvation. They will put all their hope in him and rely on him. They will follow his example of righteousness because they know they are loved by their gracious, loving Savior.

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Faith that Redeems

The Meaning of His Sacrifice. The story of Jesus' death is a sad one. He was falsely accused and crucified by jealous religious leaders. Many thought their hopes of a Messiah were dashed when he was laid in the tomb, but they were not seeing the picture clearly. Jesus came here to die on the cross. His death was not an accident of history - it was his purpose. His death was substitutionary. He took our sins upon himself and paid the penalty that we deserve so he could credit to us the righteous life that he lived.

Saving Faith. The work of Jesus on the cross is like a gift, and people do not receive its benefits until that gift is opened. A person must turn to Jesus and call on him for salvation.  Saving faith has two components.

Faith. Faith or trust is when a person gives up trusting in themselves (in their own goodness, works, and abilities) and turns to the one and only person who is good, righteous, and capable of all things.  Faith in Christ means a loss of faith in self and the things of this world.

Repentance. Real faith does not happen without repentance.  In the process of losing faith in themselves, a person will turn away from the world, themselves, and the false promises of sin.  They will turn to Jesus and look to him for hope, joy, happiness, peace and salvation. They will put all their hope in him and rely on him. They will follow his example of righteousness because they know they are loved by their gracious, loving Savior.

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The Hope of Restoration

Righteousness and Goodness. When Christ returns, he will restore all things to how they were before the Fall.  We will be completely free from sin and made perfectly righteous.  Brokenness will not only be redeemed but restored, and we will live in peace.

Eternal Life. The restoration will completely undo the effects of sin, and death will have no more power.  Death will be gone and in its place there will be eternal life.

Relationship with God. God again will walk and talk with his people in the Garden in the cool of the day. We will see God, and we will be with him in perfect relationship forever.

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