Epic Study Guide: The Story God is Telling
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Experience the Story that God is telling!
In Epic, a retelling of the gospel in four acts, John Eldredge invites us to revisit the drama of life, viewing God not only as the author but also as the lead actor, exploring His motives and His heart. In Epic Study Guide, Eldredge examines the power of story, the universal longing for a "plot" that makes sense deep inside us, our desire for a meaningful role to play, our love of books and movies, and how all of this points us to the gospel itself.
way. John Eldredge is an author and teacher. Some of his other books are Waking the Dead, Wild at Heart, The Sacred Romance, The Journey of Desire, and Captivating (with his wife, Stasi). John lives in Colorado with Stasi and their three sons. You can learn more about John’s work at: www.epicreality.com. Bible Translations Quoted From Scripture quotations marked NIV are taken from The Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible
how have you viewed Christianity and your role in it previously? To have some clarity on the Larger Story would be gold right now, wouldn’t it? SMETHING TO PONDER What’s your story? If you want to understand your own life, you must understand your story. The things that have happened in the past have shaped you into the person you are now. (The reason you have a fear of heights, the reason you move away from intimacy, all that). Over the next few weeks we’re going to ask you to write out
chapter in Epic stir up in you? New thoughts, questions, an “ah ha” moment? “In the beginning . . .” or “Once upon a time . . .” It’s a wonderful phrase, isn’t it, full of legend and myth, promise and mystery, and a sort of invitation. “Come, let me show you something . . .” Once upon a time there were a good king and queen who were very sad because they had no children. Once upon a time there was a beautiful maiden who lived with her wicked stepsisters. Once upon a time, of all the good
them, to all of us—“You cannot trust the heart of God . . . he’s holding out on you . . . you’ve got to take matters under your control.” He sowed the seed of mistrust in our hearts; he tempted us to seize control. Something shifted in our hearts at that moment and we fell from grace. What strikes you about our fall and it’s impact upon you? Where in your world has our fall had an effect? Why does life as we know it not come anywhere near the desires we have in our hearts? Our
Son of Man . . . [came] to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28 NIV) For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13, 14 NIV) “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39 NIV) Act Four THE KINGDOM RESTORED See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come . . .