At FBC Bentonville we are seeking to build kids Identity in Christ. One of the biggest problems in our culture today is an identity crisis. People do not know who they are or whose they are. We are seeking to build a solid identity foundation in the lives or our kids and their parents so that they can build their lives and identities on Christ and his finished work.
We build this foundation through the "Framework" you see above; the Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration paradigm.
Creation - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth he did this "Ex Nihilo" or out of nothing (Genesis 1:1). The pinnacle of his creation was mankind who is set apart in his creation as his image bearers.
The Fall - Everything was perfect in God’s creation and he took a perfect man "Adam" and a perfect woman "Eve" and placed them in the garden of Eden. He gave Adam one command" but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) Well Adam and Eve broke this command and Adam as our federal head, humanities representative, the one who knew Gods command willfully broke Gods law and plunged all of humanity into sin.
Redemption - God being rich in love and mercy decided not to leave his creation in ruin and hopelessness. Through His divine sovereignty He made a way for mankind to be redeemed. He sent us a new federal head, a new representative for mankind, His one and only son Jesus. Jesus lived the perfect life and died the perfect death and offers new representation for all those who will repent of their sins and rebellion and turn to Him by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Restoration - One day Jesus has promised to return and take with him all those who believe to heaven to be with him in perfect relationship and ultimate fulfillment. He is restoring us back to Eden before the fall. Mankind will once again rule a new heaven and a new earth but in perfection the way God intended from the very beginning for the praise of His glory.
This is the heart beat of our ministry every biblical story or principle that we teach flows through this framework. Everything is about Jesus, our lives, all of history, every biblical story, and even the reason we exist. When kids and adults understand who they are in Christ their identity will drive their lives to live for the glory of God.