Today we hear the Echoes of Eden, when we long for beauty, pleasure, significance, joy, security, glory, and so much more.
We were created to know and enjoy God, and we did to the fullest before the Fall. What was life before it all went wrong? How was life as it should be?
Message title: Echoes of Eden: Life As It Should Be
Ninth week of the ReCreate coincides with the second week of #RenewSummer with the Story Catechism
Scriptures: Genesis 1:1-2; 2:1-9; Psalm 29:3-9; 46:10; Revelation 2:7
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
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The second week of the Story Catechism is about how it all began in the Garden of Eden:
At the beginning of the Story there is a garden.
The garden is called Eden.
Eden was a place where everything was in its right and proper place.
And God said “it is good.”
It was good because God is good and He was there.
- Learning Together for June 26th outlines the second week in the Story Catechism
- Renew Summer: For ten weeks we’re journeying with the Story Catechism as a tool to use as a church family “on the go” this Summer, taking our identity as God’s children with us.
- Audio for instruction for using the Story Catechism this Summer can be found here. Enjoy! #weareintheStory
- More about first week in the Story Catechism here.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
The Seventh Day, God Rests
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.The Creation of Man and Woman
4 These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
This year we each of us are invited on an adventure to look up and love God first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.