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    Author: Dr. Scott Solberg

    Category: The Pulse 2019, The Pulse - 2019.52 Issue 52


    GOD’S ONE STORY OF REDEMPTION is a sermon series that will take us through the first six months of 2020.

    It is a series that puts together the story of the Bible. The Bible is one redemptive story from Genesis to Revelation. It is here where we learn of the identity and character of God and his saving plan for humanity in Christ.

    We need the unity of Scripture because we live in an increasingly broken and incoherent world. Many cultural voices insist that life is chaotic, random, and without meaning. In his essay, “How the World Lost Its Story,” Robert Jenson explains that “it is the church’s task to tell the biblical narrative to the world in proclamation and to God in worship. It is the church’s mission to tell all who will listen that the God of Israel has raised his servant Jesus from the dead, and to unpack the importance of that fact.”

    We will tell GOD’S ONE STORY OF REDEMPTION by first telling the story of the Old Testament from January 5 to April 5. Then on Easter Sunday, we will begin to tell the story of the New Testament. 

    To tell GOD’S ONE STORY OF REDEMPTION we will be using the acronym CASKET EMPTY. 

    The acronym CASKET will guide us through the Old Testament that begins with CREATION and continues with the call of ABRAHAM and the covenant God makes with his descendants at SINAI.  God’s redemptive purpose advances in the period of the KINGS when the monarchy is established and David is promised everlasting kingship.  Despite the judgment of EXILE, God’s plan remains certain during the period of TEMPLE as the Old Testament concludes with partial restoration and a vivid picture of future hope.

    The acronym EMPTY will guide our journey through the New Testament as Israel’s EXPECTATIONS are realized in the life, death, and resurrection of the promised MESSIAH.  The Holy Spirit is poured out on PENTECOST so that the TEACHING of Christ may spread throughout the world.  The church offers new life in Christ to all who believe as we wait for Him who is YET-TO-COME. 

    GOD’S ONE STORY OF REDEMPTION reveals His identity and our own. His purpose provides meaning and coherence in our lives. His eternal actions will guide our daily decisions and compel us to join His mission in the world today.


    January 5 – Intro: What Matters Most - 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

    The Story of the Old Testament                   

    January 12 – Created in God’s image to display his glory - Genesis 1:28-28; Psalm 8
    January 19 - Sin and death enter the world through disobedience - Genesis 3:1-24

    January 26
    - Life of the believer is committed service to God’s call – Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-20
    February 2 – God supplies a substitute – faith without works is dead – Genesis 22

    S: SINAI
    February 9
    - God redeems his people from slavery to worship him - Exodus 12:1-27; 20:1-21
    February 16 - God brings his people to the promised land - Deuteronomy 6:1-12; Joshua 1:1-9

    K: KINGS
    February 23
    – God appoints David as king – a man after God’s heart - 1 Samuel 16:1-13
    March 1 – God requires single minded devotion for our own good - 1 Kings 18:17-40
    March 8 - God calls for righteousness on the earth – Isaiah 1:1-20
    March 15 - God will vindicate his Word in judgment and mercy – 2 Kings 22:1-20

    E: EXILE
    March 22
    - Divine Presence: Greatest Agony and Deepest Hope - Ezekiel 8-10, 36-37
    March 29 - God protects his people in exile and promises a glorious future - Daniel 1:1-21

    April 5
    – Israel returns and God closes the Old Testament with hope Ezra 1:1-11 and Malachi     

    The Story of the New Testament

    April 12
    – God builds expectations for a coming king – Daniel 2:1-28; Micah 4:1-4

    April 19
    - Jesus proclaims the gospel of the Kingdom - Matthew 4:17- – Jesus demonstrates the kingdom through signs – Mark 5:1-205:12

    April 26

    May 3 - Jesus was crucified and risen again - John 20:19-29

    May 10 - Presence and power of Holy Spirit empowers our witness - Acts 1:1-11
    May 17 - God sets us apart for a particular work - Acts 13:1-3
    May 24 - Holy Spirit leads us to witness before all people – Acts 21:1-17

    May 31 - We need a firm grasp of the gospel – Gal. 1:1-8; 1 Thess. 1:1-5; 1 Cor. 15:1-4
    June 7 - The Gospel of Christ includes all nations - Ephesians 3:1-21
    June 14 - Christian faith shines brightly even in violent persecution - 1 Peter 4:12-5:14

    June 21
    - Jesus Christ is the exalted king – Revelation 1:1-18
    June 28 - Jesus will return in visible glory and final victory - Revelation 21:9-27