1.2 God’s Redemptive Plan

Sep 11, 2021
The map of deliverance spans all of recorded history and beyond, even to the
foundation of the earth. Jesus was “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the
world” (Revelation 13:8). His love still reaches for all humanity: “For God so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

What was lost in the Garden of Eden was restored at the cross. The Tree of Life
was transplanted from the Garden to Golgotha. Through the sacrifice of the Lamb
of God, we have the promise of eternal life. John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus to
be “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), and
His death, burial, and resurrection provided salvation and the opportunity to be
restored to the life lost in the Garden. We find hope in God’s redemptive plan and
receive forgiveness for sins.

Group Discussion
1. Have you ever tried to imagine what it would have been like to live before
there was any sin? What would a perfect world look like?
2. What are some wrong choices you have made in life? As you look back at
those mistakes, what is your reaction?
3. Why would people choose the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil over
the Tree of Life?
4. Have you seen situations where something obviously wrong was twisted into
something to celebrate? How does a new spin make the evil acceptable for
some people?
5. How do we experience the gospel today? In what ways does it change
our lives?

My Prayer for the Upcoming Week
How do you want to be different because of what you have experienced today?