Big Picture- Redemption (3/3/12)

The Main Focus: Redemption

Introduction:

In the third major scene of God s story we see God s redemption. In light of sin entering the world through Adam and marring God s creation, we see God relentlessly pursuing His people ultimately culminating in the sending of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to reconcile all things to Himself. We first see the hint of that in Genesis 3 with the promise of an offspring of Eve and how He will bruise the head of the serpent and the serpent will bruise his heel. There will come one who will finally put to death the work of sin and in turn will suffer as well.

• Key Passage: Genesis 3:15, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
• Scripture & Discussion:

  1. What is the curse that fell upon Eve and humanity? (Gen. 3:15)
  2. If who is in Christ, they are a new creation? Who does this not include?(2 Cor. 5:17)
  3. What is included in being a new creation? (2 Cor. 5:17)
  4. Who ultimately reconciling? What is being reconciled? (2 Cor. 5:18-19)
  5. What then is our response to being reconciled? What are we called to do? Be? (2 Cor. 5:19-20)
  6. What is the great trade that happens in Christ? (2 Cor. 5:21)

In Christ God is reconciling* people to Himself. Reconciliation is restoring harmony between two parties. In this case the relationship between God and men has been broken because of our sin. We are need of reconciliation to God and to others. In Christ there is a trade that happens at the cross. Our sins for His righteousness. This restores the broken relationship and allows us to be in harmony with God once again. This will be displayed as new creations in Christ.

Practical Questions:

  • How does looking like a new creation look like in your life?
  • What is the effect of the great trade in v. 21 in your life? Has this happened for you?

Memory Verse:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor. 5:17)

*There will be a need to explain what reconciliation means.

 

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