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The degree to which you understand God’s purpose and plan for the world is the degree to which you will understand God’s purpose and plan for your life in it. If you are a follower of Christ, you are part of something epic and astonishing. Learn how to align your life purpose with God’s!

The Protestant missionary movement is rooted in a handful of people who were deeply stirred by this great vision for: God’s glory, God’s kingdom, God’s church and God’s Gospel.

In this course you’ll be equipped to:

  • Know the story of God’s purpose
  • Envision the goal of God’s glory
  • Understand the nature of God’s kingdom
  • Explain the centrality of God’s church
  • Describe the good news of God’s gospel

This brief video (7:38) will teach you how the purpose of the human race and the world is all about God’s glory, God’s kingdom, God’s church, and God’s Gospel.

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The degree to which you understand God’s purpose and plan for the world is the degree to which you will understand God’s purpose and plan for your life in it. If you are a follower of Christ, you are part of something epic and astonishing. Learn how to align your life purpose with Gods!

The Protestant missionary movement is rooted in a handful of people who were deeply stirred by this great vision for: God’s glory, God’s kingdom, God’s church and God’s Gospel.

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This chapter will teach you how the purpose of the human race and the world is all about God’s glory, God’s kingdom, God’s church, and God’s Gospel.

Vision Introduction

Did you ever wonder why you want your life to count for something significant?

Why it is that human beings everywhere always want to make a difference? This is true of both religious and non-religious people. When most people die they want to somehow leave the world a better place.

We learn from Scripture that’s because human beings are created in the image of God. You are designed by God in his image to make a difference in the world.

From the earliest chapters of Genesis, we learn that humans, as image-bearers, are created by God to multiply, to fill the earth, and to rule over it in a way that carries out God’s perfect will on the earth.

There is a great cosmic story that is now unfolding in human history. And what’s frightening is that you can know all the stories in Bible very well, and you can even master a knowledge of Christian doctrine, and still not know what has been called, “THE Story in the Stories”—the one greater, unfolding story of God’s overarching purpose for the world.

Now the way people understand the purpose and meaning of their lives depends on, how they see the big picture of the human story, and where they see themselves fitting into it.

In our culture there are only two very different human stories being told about the big picture:

1) One is the story that teaches that the world and humanity came into being through a mysterious and random convergence of mass and energy over billions of years for no reason and for no purpose.
2) The other is the story of God’s creation of humanity and the world, of the fall of humanity and the world, and of God’s redemption and restoration of what was lost in the fall, and of the coming consummation of God’s creation purposes, when God will make all things new for eternity.

It’s been said that the biblical story has four unique chapters: Genesis 1–2 and Revelation 21– 22. And they should be seen as the Bible’s bookends. Now what’s unique about these 2 chapters at the beginning and the end of the Bible is that there is no sin present in these parts of the biblical story.
In Genesis 1-2 we see a picture of what the world looked like before sin. In Revelation 21-22 we see a picture of what the world will look like after God has redeemed and restored fallen humanity and the world from all the effects of sin—as far as the curse is found.

In between these bookends is the greatest story ever told. And this one story is not primarily about what the people are doing in all these smaller stories. It’s primarily one big story about one big God and the amazing things he has done and he is doing throughout real history to redeem and restore a sinful people and a fallen world.

The story in the stories is all about God.

In this lesson on Vision we’re going to learn from Scripture how the purpose of the human race and the world is all about God’s glory, God’s kingdom, God’s church, and God’s Gospel.

We’re going to learn how God takes great pleasure in displaying HIS glory by making HIS invisible kingdom visible on earth through HIS church, by the power of HIS gospel.

Historically Christians have understood the purpose of the human race and the world through the lens of the Bible, especially through understanding the Gospel as the good news that God, through the person and work of Jesus, God is now restoring all things that were lost in creation because of the fall of humanity into sin.

It’s the good news that there is an infinite, personal God who exists and who created and rules over all things. And his rule, his kingdom, has uniquely entered the world through the person and work of Jesus, by his Spirit, to make all things new—especially our broken relationships with him, with ourselves, with others, and the world because of sin.

Through Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension, God gave him the authority to give all who receive and follow him in repentance and faith, a new standing from God, a new heart and life from God, a new community from God, and a promised new world from God-when Jesus returns to make all things new.

The Protestant missionary movement is rooted in a handful of people who were deeply stirred by this great vision for: God’s glory, God’s kingdom, God’s church and God’s Gospel.

William Carey, the father of the modern missionary movement, was an ordinary man, he was a shoemaker by trade, who dared to believe God to do extraordinary things through his life—not for his sake but for God’s glory, God’s kingdom, God’s church and God’s Gospel among all the nations. And God poured out his blessing on both his life and ministry. And it was out of Carey’s biblical vision for the world that came his famous challenge I now leave with you:

 “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”


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Professors John Frame and Steve Childers combine almost 90 years of experience to help you practically apply theology to your life and ministry. Study the 8 foundations Scripture (see below) provides for developing sound theology.

Sound theology places the good news of Jesus Christ at the center.

The Scriptures proclaim the good news that 2000 years ago God’s kingdom entered the world through Jesus, to redeem and restore fallen humanity and creation from all the consequences of sin. The good news of Jesus Christ is that the Father’s creation, ruined by the Fall, is being redeemed by Christ and restored by God’s Spirit to become the kingdom of God on earth.
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This chapter will help you understand why the good news about Jesus Christ must be at the center of the study of theology.

Christological Foundation

The Scriptures present Jesus Christ at the center of the biblical story of salvation. They proclaim the good news that God’s kingdom has entered the world through Jesus, to redeem and restore fallen humanity and creation from all the consequences of sin.

The historical context for the biblical word “gospel” is the declaration of a news report about something big that has happened. It’s a proclamation about a set of events that God means to shape our lives–especially those events surrounding what God did in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

What is this good news about God’s kingdom? It’s that the Father’s creation, ruined by the Fall, is being redeemed by Christ and restored by God’s Spirit to become the kingdom of God on earth.

This good news includes gospel events, affirmations, promises, and demands.

  1. The Gospel Events are what Jesus did in his birth (incarnation), life, death, resurrection, and ascension.
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  2. The Gospel Affirmations are who Jesus is (Lord and Savior), because of what he did.
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  3. The Gospel Promises are what God promises all who are in Christ, including:

    • forgiveness and a new standing before God

    • a new nature and heart by the work of the Holy Spirit

    • a new community of the people of God—the church

    • a new world when Jesus returns—the New Heaven and New Earth

  4. The Gospel Demands are what God requires of people to be united to God in Christ and receive all the promised benefits of Jesus’ redemption. They are repentance, faith, and obedience.

The good news is that the redemption accomplished by God the Son is being applied by God the Spirit to restore all things lost in the Fall. It’s good news about God’s kingdom in the past, present, and future.

  • In the past, it’s the good news that God’s kingdom has already come to earth through the resurrection and ascension of Jesus—and the outpouring of God’s Spirit on his church.
  • In the present, it’s the good news that God’s kingdom is coming on earth today through the resurrected and ascended Lord Jesus Christ, by his Spirit and through his church.
  • And in the future, it’s the good news that one day God’s kingdom will come in all its fullness when Jesus returns to make all things new.
    Sound theology must be Christ-centered by being grounded in this biblical understanding of the gospel.

Sound theology understands the Scriptures to be presenting Jesus Christ as at the center of God’s plan of salvation. It proclaims the good news that God’s kingdom has entered the world through him, to redeem and restore fallen humanity and creation as far as the curse is found.


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