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A Story Worth Living - October 1 | Brookside
Newer Is Better - 9:00 & 10:45am
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  • Christ Community - Brookside Campus
    400 W 67 St, Kansas City, MO 64113, United States
    Saturday 3:00 AM

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Title: Newer Is Better
Scripture: Genesis 3:8-24
Speaker: Paul Brandes, PaulB@ChristCommunityKC.org


>> New things aren’t bad.
“It’s almost easier to tell you what isn’t getting better. Life expectancy has gone up worldwide. Child mortality has shot down. The number of kids who die before the age of five has halved worldwide in the last 20 years. The number of people dying of violence — either on the battlefield or from domestic violence or from murder — is dropping pretty much worldwide. [In 2013] there wasn’t a single declared interstate war. The number of countries that are democratic has been increasing. The number of countries that really respect their civil political rights more generally going up.” - Charles Kenny
“From Genesis 2 we see that the earth itself was created in order to be cultivated and shaped by humankind. Unspoiled pristine nature is not necessarily a preferred state. God designed that there would be harmonious human cooperation within the creation order. Not only would the crown of creation have joyful intimacy with their Creator, but they would also be given the joyful privilege of contributing to the work of God in his good world.” -Tom Nelson
>> New things aren’t good enough.
“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu Scripture, the Bhagavad Gita … ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”
- J. Robert Oppenheimer
>> New things aren’t good enough (because we are cursed)
1. The curse is personal.
2. The curse is also corporate.
3. The curse is also supernatural.
“Broken individuals create broken social structures. We've got broken economic, political, religious and social structures. The road on which the human being is asked to travel is full of potholes. Those broken systems, including the broken economic system, they impose themselves on us. We create broken systems and broken systems further break us.”
- Dr. Brian Fikkert
“I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists, and therefore I know there is a God.” - Romeo Dallaire
>> All things will be made new again (because God doesn’t give up).
1. Don’t give up — keep working to make things new!
2. Trust in Jesus — He who will make all things new!
Conversation Starters – Brookside Campus
Date: Oct 1, 2017
Text: Genesis 3:8-24
Title: Newer Is Always Better

ICE BREAKER: What invention of the past 50 years makes you say “newer is better!”

FROM THE GARDEN TO THE CITY: Paul talked about how progress is God’s idea — His plan for humanity takes us from the Garden to the City. How do think your daily work contribute to that progression?

OPENING SCRIPTURE: Read Genesis 3:8-24. What stands out to you from this passage? What does this passage teach us about God? About ourselves?

UNDERSTANDING THE CURSE: Paul talked about three dimensions of our curse: 1) Personal; 2) Corporate; 3) Supernatural. How have you seen each of these at work in your life? In our world?

ALL THINGS WILL BE MADE NEW: Read Revelation 21:2-5. What do you think it will be like living without fear, pain, or death, in the constant direct presence of God? Let your imaginations run wild as a group! How might this vision of the end of our story impact the way we live today?

PRAYER: Paul’s final point was to “Trust in Jesus — He who will make all things new!” Where is there a “trust gap” in your life? Where are you struggling to believe that Jesus can (and will!) redeem and restore? Share these “gaps” as a group and then pray for one another.
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