Theme of the Week: What’s Wrong With The World? I Am
Bible Verse: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17, ESV
Scripture Reading: John 3:16-21
We started this week by asking the question, “What’s wrong with the world?” We end by celebrating that even though we are what is wrong with the world, we are not without hope and fated to stay that way. Brokenness allows for being made whole again.
We Are The Problem
The first five verses of Genesis 3 reveal the core of the human problem—us. In this account, humans turn away from their Creator, giving up their idyllic state of innocence, their perfect fellowship with God in a lavish garden where all their needs and wants were abundantly supplied.
The Enemy Is Astute
The serpent’s first strategy is to cause the woman to question whether God is for her.
God’s Limits Are For Our Good
The protection of individual rights and the freedom from tyranny are deeply rooted in our society, but we crave much more – individualism without limits.
God Never Leaves Us Abandoned To Ourselves
But amazingly, throughout this litany of woes upon humankind, God also acted in a most merciful and gracious way.
God Is For You
In response to our distrust, he demonstrated beyond a doubt that he can be trusted. Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32).
From Discipleship Essentials (Revised and Expanded) by Greg Ogden. Copyright (c) 1998, 2007, 2018 by Greg Ogden. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. ivpress.com, ivpress.com/discipleship-essentials
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