Summer Book Club: Chapter 2

We hope you’re reading This Changes Everything along with us this summer. This week we tackled Chapter 2: Our Story. Check out the vlog below for a quick overview, and then leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

This Changes Everything

In chapter 2, we learn about the greatest story of all time—the story of creation, humanity, sin, the fall, and the Hero who came to save it all. This Changes Everything author Jaquelle Crowe shows us how we fit into God’s bigger story and why our piece in the story matters so much.

In Genesis 1:3–5, we see the very start of the story:

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

After God finished creating the rest of the world and all that was in it, He did something incredible! He created humankind, man and woman. He created gender, romance, and marriage.

The Creator of creativity came up with the most incredible plan that impacts our very existence even to this day. How cool is that? Our story (the story of God and His love for His creation) started all of those years ago. Having a relationship with and loving us was God’s plan all along. We weren’t an accident or some random blob that just dropped onto the planet.

We have an amazing Father who designed us with purpose, intention, and care. He loves us with an unconditional love and invites us to be a part of the greatest redemption story of all time.

But Then . . .

As you probably remember, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit. Sin entered the world, and our perfect relationship with God was changed forever. We now needed a Savior and a Hero to rescue and redeem us.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned (Rom. 5:12).

Understanding that we have been rescued and redeemed by the Hero Jesus Christ should have a huge impact on our lives. Every aspect of our life story should display the beauty of the gospel and reflect the amazing grace and redemption we’ve received.

I love the way Jaquelle finishes the chapter:

God’s story is now our story. We live in the chapter that’s unfolding today. This story changes everything. It means we have a new worldview, that is, a new way we perceive everything around us—good, evil, suffering, sin, community, beauty, shame, time, relationships. Your life is going to be different because you believe this. There’s no way to get around this. If King Jesus has taken ahold of your heart, your life will be a risky and unimaginably big adventure. It’s all about Him. Now let’s live like it!

Let’s Keep Reading

Keep reading This Changes Everything along with us all summer long. Hop back on the blog next Monday for a video update from Erin on Chapter 3: Our Community. We can’t wait to see you there!

PS: We’ve still got a few copies of This Changes Everything to give away! Log on to the giveaway widget below and then leave us a comment about how Jesus is your hero. We’ll choose five of you to win two free copies of our Summer Book Club pick. You can catch up in reading along with us give a book away to a friend and invite her to join.

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About Author

Bethany Baird

After a brief experience in the modeling industry, Bethany’s eyes were opened to how self-absorbed and lost her generation of young women really are. She and her older sister were inspired to start a blog (www.GirlDefined.com) and wrote a book Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity. Their passion is to help young women find God’s truth about beauty and womanhood and the freedom that comes from living a radically different life for Christ.

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  • Anna

    Simply that Jesus chose me to be redeemed and that He has carefully planned what will happen to me in this life from eternity past are two things that make me see how Jesus is the best hero.

  • Tiana

    What makes Jesus the best hero is the fact that He gave up His own life to give me eternal life. And also the fact that if I was the only person in the world, He still would have done it.

  • Stacey Sanchez

    Would love to read this book!

  • disqus

    Jesus is my hero because He did what I could not do, namely to save me from sin. I’m thankful for Him!

  • Julianna

    I love Jaquelle’s point about how the Gospel changes our worldview! It’s so true!