The Story of the Bible can be understood and told in 4 parts that answer 4 questions that every world view is trying to answer.
- Creation – Where did we come from?
- Fall – What went wrong?
- Rescue/Redemption – Is there any hope?
- Restoration – How does it all end?
God created us and He loves us.
- God designed the world and everything in it. He created everything as it was meant to be and it was good (Genesis 1:1-25).
- He created humans in His image—the pinnacle of His creation. He called us very good (Genesis 1:26-2:24)
God has a design for every aspect of our lives.
- Our gender identity (Genesis 1:27 – created us male and female)
- Our families (Gen. 1:28 – be fruitful and multiply)
- Our work-life (Gen. 1:28-30; 2:15-17 – dominion over the earth and work the garden)
- Our rest life (Gen. 2:1-3 – He rested on the seventh day)
- Our marriages (Gen. 2:24 – leave and cleave)
God designed us for relationship with Him.
- He created us to have unbroken communion with Him (Genesis 3:8 walking in the garden looking for Adam and Eve). He “walked with us and talked with us.”
- This unbroken communion can be restored through the gospel.
We choose to depart from God’s design.
- This has been true from the very beginning.
- Adam and Eve thought they knew better than God (Gen. 3:1-7).
- The Bible word for departing from God’s design and going our own way is sin.
- We all do it (Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23).
When we depart from God’s design, it always leads to brokenness.
- We know when our communion with God is broken. It feels like fear, shame, guilt, loneliness… (Gen. 3:8-10).
- We try to hide from God (Gen. 3:8).
Brokenness disrupts God’s design.
- Disrupts our spiritual life (Gen. 3:14-15 – We have an enemy–the serpent, Satan.).
- Disrupts our family life (Gen. 3:16 – pain in childbearing–from birth on).
- Disrupts our married life (Gen. 3:16 – desire husband and he will rule over). » Disrupts our work life (Gen. 3:17-19a – toil to work the earth). » Disrupts our physical life (Gen. 3:19b – death).
Brokenness helps us see our need for change.
- We try to cover our own sin, but it doesn’t work (Genesis 3:7).
- We do what we can to fix our own brokenness (relationships, drugs, alcohol, strive for a “better me”), but it doesn’t work.
- Brokenness seems like a bad thing, but in many ways it’s good because it’s how God gets our attention.
- God has made way out of our brokenness: the gospel.
God made a way out of our brokenness.
- God promised that a man would “bruise” the enemy’s head (Genesis 3:15).
- God sacrificed an animal—shed its blood—to make coverings for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). This is the protoevangelium or “first gospel.”
- God loves us and sent His one and only Son to shed His blood and cover sin once and for all (John 3:16, Hebrews 10:10-14).
The gospel is simply: Jesus died for our sins, was buried and God raised Him from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
- Unpack the gospel and the importance of every aspect—death, burial and resurrection.
- The gospel saves us from our sins (Romans 1:16).
We just have to repent and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15).
- Repent means to change—to turn from our sins and turn to Jesus.
- God doesn’t condemn us—we’re already condemned because of Genesis 3.
- God wants to save us (John 3:17-21).
God helps us recover & pursue His design for our lives & one day will make all things new.
- He removes the heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).
- His Spirit indwells and empowers us.
- He restores us to the way we were supposed to be—He reconciles us—repairs what was broken (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
- We are new creations.
- Now we are God’s ambassadors to a broken world.
- God will one day make all things new. (Revelation 21:5)
Transitioning into Gospel Conversation
Opportunities for sharing the gospel more often than not come out of conversations with people where they are sharing doubts, pains, and questions. In these moments, I often transition conversations to the gospel by asking something like,
“Can I share with you something that has helped me in times like that?” or “Can I share with you something that gives my comfort in confusing times?”
A simple question like this gives you an open door for sharing the hope of Jesus.