Discipleship at CCS is best understood in the context of “The Big Story.” God has been and continues to tell one Big Story from the beginning of creation. If you grasp the basics of “The Big Story”, you can begin to understand the whole Word of God. The Big Story will also give you a context for discipling others and also helps you understand how you and your personal story fit into God’s Big Story.
God’s Big Story can be best understood within four chapters. The four chapters that make up the Big Story are: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration. These four chapters can be summarized with a phrase that depicts the essence of each chapter in the Big Story. You will also find verses that characterize each chapter and phrase.
Creation – “Be In Awe”
Colossians 1:16-17: “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” God created all things for His glory and by the Word of His power. He simply spoke creation into existence. His creation is astonishing and this creation should make us stand in awe of what He has done.
Creation answers the questions: Where did we come from, who are we and whose are we?
Fall – “Realize Brokenness”
Romans 5:12: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” Adam and Eve rejected God’s presence, rule and reign when they were deceived and ate the fruit. This devastating decision is the event we call “the fall” because this one act of rebellion caused “the fall” from God’s created perfection and presence. This rebellion results in physical and spiritual death.
The Fall answers the question: What is wrong with the world?
Redemption – “Celebrate Grace”
Colossians 1:19-20: “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Thankfully the loving Creator implements His eternal plan to redeem His world and people by rescuing and redeeming fallen sinners through the person and work of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Jesus Christ reveals God’s nature and character to redeem, renew and restore all things in heaven and on earth.
Redemption answers the questions: What did God do to fix the problem?
Restoration – “Live with Hope”
Revelation 21:5: “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” The last chapter of the Big Story is restoration. God promises to renew and restore all things. The restoration of all things ushers in the restored perfection of all things and begins forever time. Knowing that God is going to restore all things gives us hope to not only live today, but to also hope to face tomorrow.
Restoration answers the question: How now shall we live?