This six-session course covers such topics as Adam and Eve, who distorted perfect creation, putting into motion God's mission to restore humanity. Through Abraham God would bless the entire world and establish an everlasting covenant with mankind. Moses lead His people out of slavery and gave the law to guide them and enable them to be God's ambassadors to the world. God promised David that "Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever." Jesus Christ embodied the fulfillment of that promise.
Adam and Eve and the Fall of a Perfect World
Human history began in idyllic community with God.
Genesis 1:26–31; 3:1–24
In the beginning God created a perfect community, starting with Adam and Eve, the supreme accomplishments of God's creation. They sinned and distorted this perfect creation, putting into motion God's mission to restore humanity's fallen community back to perfection.
God's Promise of Hope to Abraham
Through Abraham's faith, God offered hope for a fallen world.
Genesis 12:1–4; 15:1–6; 16:1–2; 17:1–8
God promised that through Abraham's faith he would bless the entire world and establish an everlasting covenant with mankind. With Abraham, God started to rebuild the perfect community that once was in Eden. This study will examine the nature of faith and God's abiding love for his people.
Moses and the Ten Commandments
The laws God gave to the Hebrews point the way back toward God's perfect peace and community.
Exodus 19:3–8; 1 Peter 2:9–10; Galatians 3:19–25
God called Moses to lead his people out of slavery to the Egyptians. On the way to the Promised Land, God gave Moses the law to guide them and enable them to be God's ambassadors to the world. These laws reveal the way to true freedom, and ultimately, to Christ.
God's Eternal Covenant with David
The promise of a royal lineage eventually led to Jesus Christ, the salvation of the world.
1 Samuel 17:20-24, 32-37; 2 Samuel 7:11b–16; 12:7–14
God used David to carry on his mission to restore perfect fellowship and community. God promised David that "Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever." This study will look at David's fearless and courageous faith, which led to David's part in God's big plan.
Jesus: Fulfillment of God's Promises
Jesus is the culmination of God's efforts to restore our broken world.
1 Corinthians 15:50–58; John 6:34–40
God himself, in the man Jesus Christ, came to make a perfect community possible, and he did so through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. In this study, we'll see how all of history led up to God's enormous expression of love through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Today: Our Part in God's Plan
God's plan of restoration continues today with Christ's charge to share his hope and love with the world.
Matthew 9:35–38; 16:24–27; Luke 14:15–23
The mission that God started after Adam and Eve, and perfected in Christ, continues with us today. Restored perfect community is possible for all people now, and it's our privilege as Christ followers to see the vision of God's kingdom, share that good news with the world, and become a part of that mission that culminates in heaven.
Total number of pages—44