Welcome to God’s Story, the first lesson in Meeting Your Guide. In this introduction, we’re going to look at the Good News – the gospel, or as I’ve called it, God’s Story. We’re going to see that His Story breaks down into four related and deeply interconnected aspects or realities. What I’d like to do is introduce those four aspects to you right now, and then develop each aspect further in a separate Lesson Topic below.
So, let’s briefly survey the four aspects.
First, God’s story starts by saying something profound about God Himself. He reveals to us that He is the One who created us, the holy, loving, wise, and sovereign God, who cares about us and for us daily, and the One to whom we are presently and ultimately accountable.
Second, the Good News says something about us. It teaches us that we are not an accident but are the work of God Himself. The Bible says that we are made in His image. We have inestimable value in His eyes, but He has made it clear that we have arrogantly turned our backs on Him, with all the dire consequences that ensue and that must be acknowledged.
Third, at the heart of God’s story, the Good News, stands the person and work of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. We cannot talk about God’s story without saying something about what He achieved for us on the cross and through His resurrection. It is through the life, death, resurrection, ascension, and exaltation (present reign) of the Son of God that we learn that God’s story is first of all a story of salvation.
Fourth, if we are to be faithful to the gospel as presented in scripture, we must acknowledge that God’s story is presented to us with a note of warning and promise. As we come to understand God’s story, we sense the living and reigning Christ summoning us to repent (turn) from our sin and turn back to Him, trusting Him alone for pardon and renewal. We are warned of certain and eternal judgment if we refuse to acknowledge our sin and maintain our present course of unbelief. There will be no place we can hide when Jesus returns to judge. But, there is a note of profound hope! God promises to welcome, pardon, and restore anyone, no matter who they are or what they’ve done, if they will but turn from their own way – their willful sin and autonomy – and trust wholeheartedly in Christ alone. Our best efforts, past, present, or future, will not secure God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness, reconciliation to God, and renewal are found through faith in Christ and faith in Him alone.
These four points comprise God’s story. They clearly tell us who He is and what He has done for us. They also clearly tell us what He now requires of us.