The Story: Getting to the Heart of God's Story - Adult Curriculum, 31 Sessions

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The Story small group Bible study, by Randy Frazee, provides groups of all sizes the opportunity to discuss and apply what they experienced during the 31 week The Story church campaign.
To understand the Bible, says Frazee, you need bifocal lenses, because two perspectives are involved. The Lower Story, our story, is actually many stories of men and women interacting with God in the daily course of life.
The Upper Story is God's story, the tale...
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Overview

The Story small group Bible study, by Randy Frazee, provides groups of all sizes the opportunity to discuss and apply what they experienced during the 31 week The Story church campaign.
To understand the Bible, says Frazee, you need bifocal lenses, because two perspectives are involved. The Lower Story, our story, is actually many stories of men and women interacting with God in the daily course of life.
The Upper Story is God's story, the tale of his great, overarching purpose that puts the individual stories together like panels in one unified mural.
In 31 sessions, The Story video-based small group study opens your eyes to God's master plan unfolding in the lives of the Bible's characters-and in your own life.
Discover the heart of God's Upper Story, and the joy that comes as you align your story with God's. The Story Participant Guide and DVD (sold separately) are designed for use by groups of all sizes, including small groups and Sunday school and adult education classes, for each of the 31 weeks of The Story church-wide journey.
Sessions include: 1. Creating: The Beginning of Life as We Know It2. God Builds a Nation3. Joseph: From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh4. Deliverance5. New Commands and a new Covenant6. Wandering 7. The Battle Begins8. A Few Good Men...and Women9. The Faith of a Foreign Woman10. Standing Tall, Falling Hard11. From Shepherd to King12. The Trials of a King 13. The King Who Had It All 14. A Kingdom Torn in Two15. God's Messengers16. The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel)17. The Kingdoms' Fall18. Daniel in Exile19. The Return Home 20. The Queen of Beauty and Courage 21. Rebuilding the Walls22. The Birth of the King 23. Jesus' Ministry Begins 24. No Ordinary Man 25. Jesus, the Son of God26. The Hour of Darkness27. The Resurrection 28. New Beginnings 29. Paul's Mission 30. Paul's Final Days31. The End of Time
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310329534
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Series: The StorySeries Series
  • Edition description: Partiipant's Guide
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 184,363
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Frazee is the senior minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he teaches and leads in partnership with pastor and author Max Lucado. Prior to Oak Hills, Randy served as teaching pastor at Willow Creek and as senior pastor at Pantego Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas, for fifteen years. He is also the author of Making Room for Life and The Christian Life Profile Assessment Tool. Frazee and his wife, Rozanne, have four children and one granddaughter.
SPANISH BIO: Randy Frazee es ministro principal de la iglesia Oak Hills de San Antonio, Texas. Es author de The Connecting Church, Making Room for Life, The Christian Life Profile, y Renovation of the Heart Student Edition. Es graduado del Dallas Theological Seminary. Frazee y su esposa, Rozanne, tienen cuatro hijos.

Kevin and Sherry Harney serve at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. They have authored Finding a Church You Can Love and Loving the Church You've Found and more than sixty small group Bible Studies. Learn more at: kevingharney.com and sherryharney.com SPANISH BIO: Kevin y Sherry Harney sirven en la Iglesia Shoreline Community en Monterey, California. Son coautores de Encuentra una iglesia que puedas amar, y ama la iglesia que encuentres y mas de cincuenta guias de estudio biblico para grupos pequenos.

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The Story Adult Curriculum Participant's Guide


By Randy Frazee

Zondervan

Copyright © 2011 Randy Frazee
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-32953-4


Chapter One

Creation: The Beginning of Life as We Know It

People are the pinnacle of God's creative work, and he is in relentless pursuit of a relationship with each of us.

Introduction

Sometimes in life we just need to get back to the basics. The bedrock. The foundation.

The story is told of the legendary Green Bay Packers coach, Vince Lombardi, starting the season by holding up a game ball and saying with slow clarity, "Gentlemen, this is a football." Similarly, to help his basketball players focus on the fundamentals, the great UCLA coach, John Wooden, would begin each season by teaching his team how to correctly put on their socks and tie their shoes. He believed there was a right way to do these simple tasks and that these acts impacted the rest of the game.

Both Lombardi and Wooden were very successful. Their insistence on putting "first things first" led their teams to many victories. Without a solid foundation, they both knew that the results would not have been as glorious.

Chapter 1 of The Story is God's version of "This is a football," or "This is how we put on our socks and tie our shoes." These opening pages provide the foundational building blocks. God is Creator and initiator. People are the crown of his creative activity. God wants to be in relationship with us. Though people messed up and embraced sin rather than their Creator, God loves us so desperately that he will do whatever it takes to build a bridge back to a relationship with us.

What a story! What a God!

Talk About It

What is a place in creation that really reveals God's glory to you and helps you feel close to him?

DVD Teaching Notes

As you watch the video segment for session 1, use the following outline to record anything that stands out to you.

God's Big Idea ... the point of the story is to be with us

The result of rejecting God's vision

The Upper and Lower Story perspectives of Cain and Abel's conflict

God's relentless efforts to get us back

DVD Discussion

1. When God looked at creation and declared it both "good" and "very good," what do you think he was trying to express?

Randy suggested that God looks at you and says, "Looking at you is better than an ocean view ... or watching a sunrise." How does that make you feel?

What is the apple of God's eye? The magnum opus of his work? PEOPLE—US! Go figure, but it's true.

2. Genesis 1:26–27 (The Story, pp. 2–3) says that we are made in the image of God. How do we, as people, actually reflect the image of God?

3. If you could take a walk with God in the perfect garden of paradise, just like you would with a friend, what would you ask him and why?

4. In a normal day, what gets in the way of you taking a walk with God and talking about what is on your heart?

5. Even though Adam and Eve began walking in perfect fellowship with their Maker, God still gave them freedom to reject this perfect life. What does this spiritual reality say about the power of the choices we make each day?

6. Adam and Eve made a choice to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They rejected God's vision for their lives and declared that they wanted to run their own universe and be their own god. How do you see that same sinful desire and behavior in our lives today and how does it influence our daily walk with God?

God's grand vision was to go on walks with his children; to be in their presence. God creates the Lower Story so he can come down from the Upper Story and do life with us.

7. If God truly loved Adam and Eve, why would he throw them out of the garden? Randy said that God's choice to drive Adam and Eve out of the garden was really an "act of grace." Do you agree or disagree with his statement and why do you feel this way?

8. What are ways to identify that we are about to enter into sinful and rebellious actions and how can we stop before we have crossed the line?

9. Read movement 1 of The Story (p. 10 of this participant's guide). What is the big theme of this first movement?

Closing Prayer

As you take time to pray, here are some ideas to get you started:

• Ask God to help you appreciate the beauty of his creation and to be a good steward and caretaker of the world he has made. • Give praise to God for the people in your life who have revealed his grace, love, and presence to you. • Pray for wisdom and discernment to recognize Satan's tactics as he tries to deceive you and the people you care about.

Between Sessions

Personal Reflections

Take time this week to meditate on the depth of God's love for human beings. Why would he keep pursuing us even after we have rebelled and rejected him? How can you express thanks for his seeking love? What can you do to celebrate the good news that God pursues you, even when you are not embracing his will and desires for you?

Personal Action

Take a walk outside and notice the beauty of what God has made. Look at the intricacies of a leaf or the expanse of the sky. Thank God for making this amazing world. As you walk, seek to talk to God as though you were two friends walking in a garden. Tell him about your life, feelings, joys, and fears. Ask him to help you learn to walk with him each and every day.

Read for Next Session

Take time before your next small group to read chapter 2 of The Story.

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Excerpted from The Story Adult Curriculum Participant's Guide by Randy Frazee Copyright © 2011 by Randy Frazee. Excerpted by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

A Word from the Authors 7

Getting Started: The Heart of the Story and Our Story 9

1 Creation: The Beginning of Life as We Know It 13

2 God Builds a Nation 19

3 Joseph: From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh 25

4 Deliverance 31

5 New Commands and a New Covenant 37

6 Wandering 43

7 The Battle Begins 49

8 A Few Good Men ... and Women 55

9 The Faith of a Foreign Woman 61

10 Standing Tall, Falling Hard 67

11 From Shepherd to King 73

12 The Trials of a King 81

13 The King Who Had It All 89

14 A Kingdom Torn in Two 95

15 God's Messengers 101

16 The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel) 107

17 The Kingdoms' Fall 113

18 Daniel in Exile 119

19 The Return Home 125

20 The Queen of Beauty and Courage 131

21 Rebuilding the Walls 137

22 The Birth of the King 143

23 Jesus' Ministry Begins 149

24 No Ordinary Man 155

25 Jesus, the Son of God 161

26 The Hour of Darkness 167

27 The Resurrection 173

28 New Beginnings 179

29 Paul's Mission 187

30 Paul's Final Days 193

31 The End of Time 199

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