Have you ever gone to a funeral for someone you don’t know?  You might be feeling a little sad, but also secretly wishing you could get back to your day, right? Contrast that with going to a funeral of someone you’ve known and loved from the beginning till the end of their life—someone you long to see again.

We experience loss differently when we know the full story. We have a fuller understanding of what has been broken. And we have a deeper longing for resolution. Well in this last episode of the series, we’re going to turn our attention to the part of the story that we’re still longing for, which we get a glimpse of in Revelation—the book that comes at the very end of our Bibles.

I’m so delighted to have Nancy Guthrie back. She was with us in our first episode of this series, where we talked about Eden’s FallNancy Guthrie is an author, speaker and Bible teacher. I highly recommend her podcast, Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition. And I also have thoroughly enjoyed her Biblical Theology Workshop for Women.

What I love about Nancy is her grasp of the whole story of the Bible. She has such a brilliant understanding of how the pieces fit together. This conversation is such a gift.

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Guest: Nancy Guthrie

Bible Passage: Genesis 1-3, Revelation 21-22

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Nancy Guthrie

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Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her her church and at conferences around the country and the world—including her Biblical Theology Workshop for Women. She is the author of numerous books, including our recommended recourse, Even Better Than Eden. Nancy hosts the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition. She and her husband host Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of a child and are co-hosts of the GriefShare video series.

The New Creation Begins Now

The new creation has begun in me. I have thought of that over and over since Nancy said it. Am I going to live out the story of the fall and corruption of sin? Am I going to continue plucking forbidden fruit and perpetuating the consequences? Or am I going to live like it’s true that the new creation, where Jesus is making all things new, is happening inside of me?
Thank you for joining me for this True Story of the Beginning series. I hope this has been helpful to you. Remember that God didn’t give you a sermon or list of facts or instructions to help you understand who you are and what your purpose is; he gave you a story. It’s like a velvet pouch of gems, that helps you hold the truth together. You can take out the gems anytime you like and examine their beauty, just by remembering the story.
So will you hold it close? Will you live out of this story and use it to correct the false narratives of the world? Will you live like it’s true?

What’s Next

I’m taking a little break here on the podcast to work on my next book, which is a study on the life of Sarah from Genesis 12-21. But I’d love to hear what has resonated with you, or what you’d like to hear next. Thanks so much for joining me for this series. And now it’s time to go live like it’s true!

Recommended Reading:

These are some of the books that have helped me prepare for the conversations we’re having about the True Story of the Beginning. I highly recommend each of them. My book, Control Girlincludes a chapter on Eve, titled, “It Looked Good to me.”

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Recommended Podcast Episodes

These are some of the podcasts I have especially appreciated, and which have helped me prepare for the conversations we’re having about the True Story of the Beginning. I highly recommend each of them.

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To help you, we’ve added a False Narrative Watchlist as part of the Live Like It’s True Workbook, which correlates with this Story of the Beginning series. This part of the workbook helps you to put side by side, the truths communicated in this story, next to the false narratives of the world. I hope you’ll pick up your free copy today!

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  • The 1-page True Story Worksheet
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  • “Awakening to the False Narratives”
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