How the Story Ends

“If the Bible makes no other point, it shouts this one: God loves us! His love had no beginning and is incredibly patient. All we need to do is respond, not try to earn what is freely offered. God has said in many ways, “I love you!”  I have demonstrated that love to you by all I’ve done for you. I have even sacrificed my Son, Jesus, to pay the price for what is unacceptable about you – your sin. Now, live because of my love. Respond to me: love me with your whole being: give yourself to me in thanksgiving, not as payment. Live life fully, in the freedom of knowing you are loved.”

April 27, 2014 

 The Big Story:

How the Story Ends

Revelation 21:1-27; 2 Peter 3:8-13; Rom. 8:20-23; Psalm 96-98


What was a book, TV series, or movie whose ending disappointed you?


Genesis 1-2. The creation account is not merely an account about spiritual reality but material reality – teaching that the material world is important. The resurrection announces that through Jesus Christ, God is making all things new (cf. Rom. 8:19-21; 2Cor. 5:17-19; Col. 1:20; Rev. 21:5). Have you ever thought about Christ’s resurrection affecting all of creation – not just human beings? How could this truth transform the way we view and treat creation?


Man [Hebrew: adam] was created to be an embodied creature linked to the earth [Hebrew: adamah] from which he was made (Genesis 2:7). Humanity is not destined escape this “material” creation to spend eternity as disembodied spirits in a “spiritual” heaven, but instead will live as resurrected persons on the resurrected earth (Revelation 21:1-5). What does this do to the thinking: “material = bad and spiritual = good”? Why is this thinking so tempting? How

does this truth make all of life sacred (dedicated to God)?


Scripture teaches that heaven is not a physical location (“up there”) but the undiminished presence of God. At the creation, heaven and earth were one (Gen. 3:8) and, as the hymn writer celebrates, at the resurrection they will be one again: “Jesus who died shall be satisfied / And earth and heaven be one”


(This is My Father's World; cf. Rev. 21:3). What does God’s desire to be with His creation reveal about God? What does Jesus’ prayer (Matthew 6:10) teach us about how we are to live now in light of that future?


When the Lord judges the earth, sin and all its effects will be burned away. On that day, “the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed” (2 Peter 3:10) and our work, “will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward” (1 Corinthians 3:13-14). What will survive the judgment, purified and renewed, will be the best of humanity’s cultivation/culture work

(Genesis 2:15). As Revelation 21:24, 26 says of the new creation, “…the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it…They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.” How does this give dignity to the work you do today?


Why then is it so important to do everything for God’s glory??




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Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?

     NOTHING! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs.

      You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven.

      At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well.

      So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.

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