Session 1: God the Creator

CREED:

WE BELIEVE in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

WATCH:

Bible Project’s “Image of God” Video

ASK:

1. Which words or images from this video stood out to you?

2. How do Adam and Eve represent God by gardening (Gen 1:27-28)?

Gardening takes raw material (seeds, plants, water, earth) and reorganizes it in a way that brings life and order.

3. What have humans done with this responsibility?

We’ve used our creative power to elevate ourselves while harming others.

4. How does Jesus show us what it truly looks like to rule as a human?

Serving others (even his enemies), taking the consequences of our selfish attempts to rule

5. What are the opportunities God has given you to be his image in the world? What is your “garden?”    

Session 2: One Lord

CREED:

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

WATCH:

Bible Project’s “Son of Man” Video

ASK:

1.    Which words or images from this video stood out to you?

2.    Why do you think the Bible uses beast imagery to talk about human evil? How do humans
resemble beasts when they do evil?

Humans are supposed to have control over the beasts (Gen. 1:27-28), but these temptations to evil end up controlling humans

3.    How does the story of Caine and Able illustrate humanity’s tendency to evil (Gen 4)?

Cane is jealous, but God gives him an opportunity to rule the beast (Gen. 4:7). Cane
fails and instead lets the beast rule him. Later he has beastly descendants who
build the beastly, evil city of Babylon.

4.    Why the name “the Son of Man” a fitting name for Jesus (Mark 14:62)?

He claims to be the truly human one on a mission to confront the beast, he
banishes the beast from others, and he teaches others how to rule the beast
instead of being ruled by it.

5.    How can we overcome the beast, Jesus-style? What opportunities has God given you to rule
over the beast?

Jesus lets the beast kill him and invites us to follow him in humility, service, and
self-giving love. 

Session 3: Jesus’ Birth

CREED:

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

WATCH:

Bible Project’s “Luke, Part 1” Video

ASK:

1.    Which words or images from this video stood out to you?

2.     How is the Holy Spirit’s role in Mary’s pregnancy similar to creation?

Just as the Holy Spirit hovered and then brought about new life in Genesis (Gen. 1:2), He is about to come upon Mary to generate new life (Luke 1:35).

3.     Why is it significant that God chose a poor, unmarried teenager to enter the world?

He is going to turn the whole world order upside down.

4.     What are some ways that we cling to the world’s vision of power?

Seek to elevate ourselves at other’s expense, look for ways to feel/look important, etc….

5.     How do we need to reorder our lives to embrace Jesus’ upside-down kingdom?

Session 4: Jesus’ Mission

CREED:

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

WATCH:

Bible Project’s “Messiah” Video

ASK:

  1. Which words or images from this video stood out to you?
  2. What are the results of the “Fall” story told in Genesis 3 and in the first part of the video?

Darkness, death, conflict, disorder

3. What is the hope that humans are given in Genesis 3:15? Who are the people looking for?

The one human who will crush the head of the force that rebels against God while being wounded himself.

4. According to Isaiah, why does the snake crusher receive a wound?

This wound is the result of humanity’s evil.

5. Jesus saw himself as freeing people from slavery to the snake’s influence (see Luke 13:16 and Acts 10:38). How does the rest of the New Testament describe that same freedom in the lives of Jesus’ followers? (See Hebrews 2:14-15, 1 John 3:8, 2 Timothy 1:9-10.)

Jesus’ power over death has now become available to us to begin confronting the effects of evil in our own lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 5: He will come again

CREED:

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

WATCH:

Bible Project’s “Day of the Lord” Video

ASK:

1. What might the phrase Day of the Lord mean to an average person walking down the street?

Apocalypse? End of the world? God’s vengeance?

2. What does Babylon come to represent in the story of the Bible?

Humanity’s tendency define good and evil and to exalt itself at the expense of others.

3. Babylon is characterized by pride and determination to choose good and evil for ourselves. Where do you see this same
process in the world today?

Look at the whole world, our county, our city, and even our own neighborhoods.

4. How does Jesus defeat evil? What are the benefits for his followers?

He bears the consequences of humanity’s evil and then offers that same life and victory to those who
accept his gift.

Session 6: The Holy Spirit

CREED:

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

WATCH:

The Bible Project’s “Holy Spirit” Video

ASK

  1. Does thinking of God as breath, wind, or animating energy depersonalize God or make God seem closer and more intimate with us?

Meant to be seen as a powerful (wind), yet personal (breath) presence

  1. Why does the Bible compare God’s Spirit to “wind” or “breath?” What are the similarities?

Invisible, powerful, keeps us alive

  1. What kinds of things does God’s Spirit empower us to do?

Build up the community of Christ followers (1 Pet 4:10, Eph 4:11-12), create beauty…

  1. What was the promise of the Holy Spirit that the prophets spoke about?

Transform the human heart, empower people to truly love God and others

  1. What are some ways God’s Spirit can work through you and your church today to create life as a part of God’s New Creation?