Covenant Partnership Session 4
The Metanarrative (Big Story of Scripture). Seeing Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration in all of Life.
Summary: The word meta-narrative means “Big Picture” or “Big Story”. The big story of scripture is creation, fall, redemption and restoration. As we see God’s big story in all of life, we see that Jesus is glorified as the creator, the redeemer and the restorer. Romans 11:36 says “For from Him [Jesus], and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” As we understand the meta-narrative of the bible, we glorify God by finding our hope, redemption and restoration in Him.
Before you watch the video, ask the following questions:
- What is the big-story of your life? What is your definition of a “good” life (how it’s supposed to be)? What threatens your hope for a good life? Where did you find help? What sustains you?
Questions for Discussion:
1. Creation displays God’s glory! Isaiah says the “whole earth is filled with his glory!”. Original creation (Genesis 1-2) paints a picture of creation of the way God intended for our lives to be. What do you think life would look like now if it were not destroyed by the fall? How would life be different at home, work, in nature, in relationships?
2. Fall shows the world as we know it…people trying to live life a part from God and the results. What are some obvious and not so obvious results of the fall (at home, work, in nature, and in relationships). In Romans 1:18-32, Paul reveals the depravity in our lives from the fall. Is there anything in the world that is not subject to the fall? Paul says in Ephesians 2:1-3 that we are “dead in our transgressions”. If this is true, what hope is there? In other words, what can the dead do?
3. Redemption reveals the work of Christ. Fortunately for us, Paul continues in Ephesians 2:4 “But God”. Those might be the most wonderful words in all of scripture! What is redemption? What is the power of redemption? What is the result of redemption? Use Ephesians 2:4-9 to help in your answers.
4. Restoration reveals God’s heart in taking his people from living as slaves to livings as sons and daughters. Someone once said that “restoration is figuring out what just happened in redemption.” If we are no longer under the fall because of redemption, how then shall we live? What difference should the work of the redemption do in terms of our home, work, nature, and relationships? (When answering this question, think about how the imagery of the gospel pendulum might help).
Seeing the Metanarrative in the Bible:
5. Using the story from Exodus, talk about the “Big picture”. How do you answer the questions from the metanarrative?
Applying the metanarrative: Read the following story:
Sally says, “My job used to be great! My boss was fantastic, benefits were great, and I really enjoyed the people that I worked with. Then, as the economy began to fail, my boss was replaced, co-workers were let go, and now my life is miserable at work. The boss is a slave-driver, all my old friends are gone, and I work for a fraction of what I used to get paid. I sit at my desk and dream about the day when the economy gets better, my boss gets replaced, and all my friends are hired back. I also dream about the day when I get paid more…that will really help!”
In Sally’s story, where do you see the metanarrative?
- What is her definition of hope and goodness?
- What does she think caused the fall, and what are the results?
- What does she think will redeem her?
- What does she place her hope in for ongoing joy?
6. How does Sally’s story differ from the Biblical meta-narrative?
7. Think about your life and the stories you live in. What is your metanarrative?
- What is your definition of hope and goodness?
- What do you think caused the fall, and what are the results?
- What do you think will redeem you?
- What do you place your hope in for ongoing joy?
8. How does your story differ from the Biblical meta-narrative? How can we encourage each other to see God’s story…the true metanarrative?
9. How the lives of your friends and the stories they live in and tell. How do their stories differ from the Biblical meta-narrative? How can we encourage our friends to see God’s story…the true meta-narrative?
For Further Thinking: Read Redemption by Mike Wilkerson
A question to prepare you for session 5: Why do you read God’s word?