Message Big Idea: Much of the lyrics we sing are full of metaphors, similes and paradoxes; yet paradoxes can be found throughout the Bible. Often times we read or sing of these paradoxes yet think very little of the deep meaning behind them or how our story connects in worship to them. In understanding our relationship to Christ and what he has done for us, we must understand the paradox of Already/Not Yet. Christ has already died for our sins, but we are still not yet perfect.
Main Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, Romans 7:14-15; 21-24
Supporting Text: Matthew 23:1, Mark 9:35, Luke 17:33, 2 Corinthians 12:10
Choose one of the supporting text above. After reading it, discuss how you have heard this paradox before in the past and what it means it you now.
What things trap you in the “Not Yet”? What do you do when you are feeling overwhelmed by sin and shame?
What worship songs help you through your “Not Yet” moments? How does your story connect with this particular worship song?
Read 2 Corinthians 5 in its entirety. What other things are being discussed throughout this chapter and how does it connect to the concept of Already/Not Yet?
Look up each of the scripture above using a different translation of the Bible. How does reading the scripture in a different translation change the way you view each scripture?