Once Upon A Time Audio Download

God's Desire to Have a Relationship with Each of Us

by Andy Stanley

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      The Bible is an epic story of God's pursuit of a prodigal people and his offer of redemption. It is about a God who goes to great lengths to reconnect with his children. And this incredible story includes you.

      In this 9-part series, Andy Stanley and Sean Seay introduce us to 8 different people in the Bible whose stories show us God's love and desire to have a relationship with us. DOWNLOAD ONLY

      Part 1 - Once Upon a Time (Andy Stanley)

      The Bible is a story about the redemption of mankind. It is about a God who goes to great lengths to reconnect with His children. The Once Upon a Time series will discuss eight different people in the Bible and help us to better understand how each section of the Bible explains God's love for us and His desire to have a relationship with each of us. Exodus 6:5-6, 1 Chronicles 17:21, Psalm 130:8, 19:14, Isaiah 59:20

      Part 2 - Hide and Seek (Andy Stanley)

      Adam - Potential God created a world of purity with no shame. Every good and perfect thing that God created was destroyed when Adam & Eve did the one thing that God forbade them to do. We can all relate to the sense of regret that Adam must have felt after after leaving the garden. The only thing keeping us from God's grace is our hiding and our blaming. Genesis 2:25, 3:1-6

      Part 3 - Waiting For a Star (Andy Stanley)

      Abraham - Promise God made a promise to start a great nation through Abraham. Abraham had to learn to trust God to follow through on His promise instead of trying to make things happen himself. This is exactly what God wants from us: To believe in and trust Him. Genesis 15:1-6

      Part 4 - When God When Public (Andy Stanley)

      Moses - Passover Have we forgotten about the power, mercy and grace of God? Is there something within us that in our moments of sinfulness or holiness, we look to God expecting rejection or acceptance based on our actions? We have been freely given God's acceptance through the shed blood of Jesus. Exodus 20:3

      Part 5 - Our Picture of God? (Sean Seay)

      David - Passion

      David lived during a time when there were hundreds of strict religious rules, yet he was a man of passion. Emotions and distractions did not keep David from having a passionate relationship with God. As David wrote in Psalm 36, God is loving, faithful, righteous and just. Why wouldn't we want to have a relationship with Him? 2 Samuel 7

      Part 6 - The Last King (Andy Stanley)

      Zedekiah - Pride

      When we turn away from God and decide to do things our own way, His goal is to regain our attention and affection. The best thing God can do to win us back is to let us experience the consequences of our actions. This message challenges us to give our life back to God and do things His way. Jeremiah 52:4-11, 2 Chronicles 36:11-23

      Part 7 - The Good News (Andy Stanley)

      Jesus - Payment

      The ministry of Jesus on earth is the culmination of the entire story of the Bible since Adam. The blood of Jesus is the final payment for our sins. This is God's new covenant with us. Luke 22:19-20

      Part 8 - While You Wait... (Andy Stanley)

      You - Patience

      Ever since Jesus walked on this earth, mankind has asked if now is the time He will establish His kingdom. We are the last chapter and He has invited each of us to be a part of His plan. When the church body comes together and uses their giftedness as God intended, great things happen for the Kingdom. Matthew 16:3-18

      Part 9 - The End of the Beginning (Andy Stanley)

      God - Presence

      We spend our time and money trying to make this heaven on earth, but there is no ultimate fulfillment in this life. This is just the beginning - our anticipation should be for the next life. We cannot even imagine what it will be like but we can believe what the Bible says about it. 1 John 5:4, Revelation 21:1-8, 21:22-23. 22:17