June 26th, 2011 The DNA of the Bible: Covenant and Kingdom in Creation

How would you describe the bible (Honestly!)? Intimidating? Confusing? Irrelevant? What if you had a lens that helped unlock the power in every passage? In this series we will be exploring the DNA of the Bible; the two simple, interwoven threads that carry God’s message throughout the bible from start to finish: Covenant and Kingdom. In this opening week we will see these themes unlock the central message in the Creation narrative from Genesis 1-3.

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The DNA of the Bible: ________ & _______

June  26, 2011

The Bible is often described as ____________, confusing, __________.

But, its meant to be a primary source of ____________ of the truth about who _______ is, who ____ are, and what the life with God is we were _______ for.

And, our vision at Elevation is for every person to be a disciple of Jesus, who knows how to hear from God and grow, apart from the message you hear on Sunday mornings.  To be able to do that, the bible has to become an ___________ tool.

The Bible has a DNA. If we step back and look at the big picture of the bible there are some _______ and _________ themes that run throughout.  They are a framework to help unlock the mystery of the bible, and put its ___________ accessibly into ________ hands.

The two grand themes that are like tightly woven, interconnected threads that carry the message of God throughout the whole bible are: __________ and ____________.

Covenant has to do with:

  • ___________: Above all else, we are made for _________ with God
  • ___________: Who are you in _______ _______?

Kingdom has to do with:

  • _____________: What are you called to do?
  • _____________: How do you ____________ the Father and King?

Covenant and Kingdom in Creation

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food… 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.                     Genesis 1:26–2:3


  • Relationship:  our i_______, I ______ you, on day 7 He ________


  • Identity: our l________, very _______


  • Responsibility: ______ the earth, Be _________


  • Representation: R_______, Be _________, R_______

Flowing out from the foundation of our identity, comes the ____________ and responsibility to represent the one we are in relationship with.