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The Story: The Fall

How should we deal with the disappointments that life in a broken world inevitably brings? In the second week of our sermon series The Story, Timothy Ateek uses the account of Zechariah and Elizabeth to show us five truths about living in a world marked by the fall of man.

Timothy "TA" AteekDec 5, 2021

In This Series (6)
The Story: Your Next Chapter
David Penuel, Jennie Allen, Blake HolmesDec 26, 2021
Christmas Eve 2021
John ElmoreDec 24, 2021
The Story: Restoration
John ElmoreDec 19, 2021
The Story: Redemption
David MarvinDec 12, 2021
The Story: The Fall
Timothy "TA" AteekDec 5, 2021
The Story: Creation
John ElmoreNov 28, 2021

Summary

How should we deal with the disappointments that life in a broken world inevitably brings? In the second week of our sermon series The Story, Timothy Ateek uses the account of Zechariah and Elizabeth to show us five truths about living in a world marked by the fall of man.

Key Takeaways

  • “Shalom” isn’t just the absence of conflict but the presence of flourishing.
  • All of our greatest disappointments in life can be traced back to the fall of mankind in Genesis 3.
  • In this fallen world, expect pain (Luke 1:5-7; John 16:33).
  • There are two types of pain: unnecessary pain and unavoidable pain.
  • When you believe the lie of karma, that doing good results in good coming back to you, you will be disappointed in life and in God.
  • Trials shouldn’t shipwreck your faith; they should confirm your faith.
  • In this fallen world, God is doing something even when you can’t see Him doing something (Luke 1:8-13).
  • Don’t let your limited perspective assume what a limitless God is doing. God does some of His best work in the most disappointing times.
  • Peace isn’t found in our clarity, but in God’s.
  • God might not give us what we want but He will certainly give us what we need. And He gives it exactly when we need it.
  • In this fallen world, God cares deeply about your joy (Luke 1:14; John 15:11; Romans 15:13; James 1:2-3).
  • Don’t believe the lie that there is joy waiting for you when the valley ends. There is joy for you in the valley as God reveals Himself to you.
  • In this fallen world, God’s Plan A for your life is better than your Plan A for your life (Luke 1:14b-17).
  • In this fallen world, God is faithful (Luke 1:18-25).
  • Be grateful in the good times and faithful in the bad times.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • When have you experienced God being at work even when you couldn’t see it at the time?
  • No matter how big or small your current trials might be, how can you find and express joy in the midst of them?
  • What are some practical ways you can either practice gratitude in good times or faithfulness in hard times?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: Luke 1:5-25; John 16:33; Isaiah 40:31; John 15:11; Romans 15:13; James 1:2-3; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 34:8; Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 11:11a
  • The Story: Advent Guide