The Bible In as a Six Act Play

The Story of the Bible as a Six-Act Play

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Curtis Baker

January 29 Act I – Creation – The Vocation Given What is the Vocation God gives to Adam and Eve, and subsequently, to all who come after them?

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The Sermon: The Vocation Given

February 5 Act II – Sin and Alienation – The Vocation Jeopardized Adam and Eve lived in direct relationship with God in the Garden and seemingly had unhindered access to Him. We also know that God provided for them. What happened to change that relationship?

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The Sermon: The Vocation Jeopardized

February 12 Evolution: An Alternative Way of Seeing the Opening Acts of the Story Evolution and the Story of God’s Mysterious Plan

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The Sermon: Evolution and the Story of God’s Mysterious Plan

February 19 Act III, Part 1: Israel – The Vocation Reassigned God calls out one man, and through that one man, also one family, through whom He will do His redemptive work. That one man is Abraham, and that one family is the nation of Israel.

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The Sermon: The Vocation Reassigned

February 26 Act III, Part 2: Israel Becomes Part of the Problem As the Israelites prepare to enter the Promised Land, Moses has something important to share with them about their life in their new home. The content of this message is found in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy.

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The Sermon: Israel Becomes Part of the Problem

March 5 Act III, Part 3: Israel Will Be Delivered Through Suffering A theme begins to develop late in the Old Testament period. If Israel is going to be delivered from her sins and her captivity, it would come about through a dramatic form of suffering. Texts like Psalm 22:1-5, Isaiah 53:1-5 and Isaiah 55:1-5 contributed to this understanding among the Israelites. Take a moment to read them for yourself.

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The Sermon: Israel Will Be Delivered Through Suffering

March 19 Act IV, Part 1: Jesus ~ The Meaning of His Death and Resurrection How could the death of Jesus possibly be the answer to the human problem of sin and alienation?

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The Sermon: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

March 26 Act IV, Part 2: Jesus ~ The True Fulfillment of the Human Vocation God is merciful. Rather than condemning us to what our actions would rightfully deserve, he has authored a way for us to be “saved” from our doom by being “reconciled” back to God. Not based on our goodness, but based on the goodness and rightness of Jesus Christ.

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The Sermon: The Fulfillment of the Human Vocation

April 2 Act V: The Church ~ The Vocation Shared The church takes up the original creation vocation, not in full, as Christ has done, but in anticipation of someday sharing the completed human vocation with Christ for all eternity. Read more about this in Curtis’s blog (link below) and join us Sunday, April 2, at 9:30 for this continued journey.

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The Sermon: The Church – The Vocation Shared

April 9 Act VI, Part 1: Judgment and Consummation ~ The Vocation Forever Lost Only by desiring God and what He is doing in creation will we be made eligible to resume our true vocation in the resurrected life.

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The Sermon: The Vocation Forever Lost

April 16 Act VI, Part 2: Judgment and Consummation ~ The Vocation Forever Realized The good news is, a grand future awaits those who have committed themselves to Christ. Whatever disappointments we have experienced in this life, they will all be made up for and corrected in the next. Justice will finally flow like rivers and the goodness of God will pervade every part of creation. There will be no more evil, suffering, pain or death. Never again will we visit a hospital or attend a funeral. Never again will we worry about our health or our future. All will be provided for in the world without end.

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The Sermon: The Vocation Forever Realized