Redemption Begins - Palm Sunday
April 13, 2014 · The Big Story:
Redemption Begins, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
Gen. 12:1-3; Ex. 6:2-8; Luke 9:30-31; Gal. 3:8-9
Every Big Story (religion, philosophy, worldview) offers a solution to what is wrong with this world. How do these disciplines explain and attempt to solve the world’s problem: politics? education? sociology? psychology? business? the arts? What are the strengths and shortcomings of their “solutions”?
Genesis 12:1-3. When we talk about the gospel – God’s work to redeem/rescue the world – why do you think we so often skip over the Old Testament? What might we miss by doing so?
Genesis 12:1-3. How does Galatians 3:8-9 teach that the gospel was preached in the Old Testament (cf. Acts 3:25-26)? According to Rom. 4:11-12 and Gal. 3:24-29, what is the good news for those of us who have faith like Abraham? What makes faith like Abraham’s so difficult (Heb. 11:8-16)?
Genesis 12:2-3. The Lord did not just redeem and bless Abraham and his family for their sake, but “that you will be a blessing.” How does understanding God’s purpose help you understand His purpose for you? Practically, how do you participate in God’s purpose of blessing and redeeming today?
God chose to advance His plan to redeem/rescue the world using flawed yet faithful human agents like Abraham. How does this give you confidence that God can use you as part of His plan today (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)?
Luke 9:30-31. At the transfiguration, Jesus spoke of “his departure [Greek: exodus], which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.” In the first exodus, we witness the Lord redeem Israel (Exodus 6:6;15:13) from political, economic, social and spiritual bondage. How does the “exodus” that Jesus led accomplish more than just “spiritual” redemption/salvation? How does Jesus’ redemption affect the world (Colossians 1:20; Romans 8:19-23)?
Exodus 6:7. In the both the exodus led by Moses and the one led by Jesus, the Lord did not just redeem people from something, but redeemed them to be His people (cf. Ex. 19:3-6; 1Pet. 2:9). What does it mean to be God’s people (cf. Deut. 4:5-8; Mt. 5:16; 2Co. 9:13; 1Pet. 2:12)? Like Abraham, how are His people part of God’s continuing purpose to bless and redeem the world (Jer. 29:4-7; 2Cor. 5:17-21)? How can we participate in His purpose of redemption?
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