Our story is wrapped up in the story that God is telling. That means in order to know what EPiC is about you need to know a bit about what God is doing in the story of restoration. Below is a brief overview of that story and the part that EPiC church has to play.
Act 1: THE KINGDOM OF GOD
When the story opens, God creates the world and forms humanity in his image. A garden is created for them to dwell with God. However, since God rules and reigns in the world, and in the hearts of humanity, the garden is more than a place of peace-it’s a kingdom and humanity God’s ambassadors. (Gen 1-2).
Act 2: A COMPETITIVE KINGDOM
Often referred to as the fall, this part of the story is better understood as the rise of a competitive kingdom. Mankind did not stumble into rebellion. Dissatisfied bearing God’s image, humanity makes an attempt at his essence. Humanity chose self-rule and a man made kingdom over the rule and reign of God. Instead of destroying those that rebelled against him, God graciously pursued his creation and extended his loving rule and reign to humanity with a promise (Gen 3-11).
Act 3: THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL
God called Abraham and eventually formed a kingdom. Israel’s task was to be a light to the nations a place where God’s kingdom rule was made known. God lead her out of Egyptian bondage and into the promise land where Israel became a monarchy. When she was faithful Israel was a witness to God’s rule and reign in the world.God’s work through his people would eventually lead to God’s gracious work through a person. God promised to raise up a king, a messiah to deal with sin and draw all humanity into kingdom.
Act 4: JESUS IS KING
Jesus’ life and ministry was the point of ultimate crisis in the story of restoration. His life reflected the rule and reign of God perfectly, his sacrificial death paid for humanity’s sinful rebellion, and his resurrection placed him on the throne of God’s Kingdom. Jesus was so much of what God had been talking about in the Mosaic Covenant. Now Jesus is king, and today his rule and reign is lived out by all who call upon his name. (Matthew-John).
Act 5: A CHURCH IN THE KINGDOM
Joining their spiritual ancestors the church is called to live faithful in the fith act of God’s story of restoration. From the time of Jesus’s ascension, the church has sought to make known the kingdom of God. Today humanity continues to find salvation in this story. Collectively, the church lives out life in the kingdom inviting all nations to live within God’s loving rule and reign and rejoices in the knowledge that God will one day finish the good work that he began so long ago. (Act-Rev).
Act 6: THE RETURN OF THE KING
One day the King will return. God’s last act is really just the beginning of the way things were intended to be. In great hope followers of Christ await the restoration of all things, a time when heaven and earth are one. This hope inspires disciples to work knowing that their labors in Christ are not in vain and it fosters great confidence trusting the best is yet to be.
Our mission is to live faithfully in Act 5 of the story by making known God’s rule and reign in our lives and making disciples by inviting others to the story of restoration (Matt 28:18-20).