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Created to Belong: A Promise in the Dark

Created to Belong: A Promise in the Dark

September 18, 2016Preaching: Brian KeepersText: Genesis 15:1-21

Movement 1: Setting the StageWe have been created to belong. Hard-wired by God for connection and relationship. Created to belong to God, to one another, and to this world in which we live.We talked about this last week when we heard the opening chapters of Genesis, where God creates the earth and the heavens. We saw that the very first act of God is an act of hospitality. God forms man and woman in his image, and makes room for them in the Garden. It’s a place of shalom...flourishing, wholeness, interconnectedness...the way the world is meant to be.But it doesn’t stay that way. It isn’t long before tragedy strikes. Adam and Eve, deceived by the serpent, distrust God and rebel and shalom is disrupted. God seeks them out in their hiding, and in an incredible act of grace, God covers them in their shame. But there are consequences, and so they are expelled from the Garden, sent east of Eden with their bags packed.Before the

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