E: 31 Even Better Than Eden

Even Better Than Eden:

How do you think of eternity? Can you even imagine a place better than Eden? On this episode of the enCourage podcast, Nancy Guthrie joins Karen Hodge to talk about God’s glorious plan for a new Eden–and spoiler alert…it will be better than the original! Nancy shares how the hope of what is to come fuels our today in a transforming way.

Discussion Questions:

  • In telling the Bible story in four words, why does Nancy say “restoration” isn’t a good enough word to describe what will be? Why would Nancy use the word “consummation” instead?
  • Think of Eden in terms of potential–not perfection. Where was Eden always headed?
  • How is what is to come going to be better than Eden was?
  • Nancy gives us the picture of the garden and the picture of clothing to help us understand. Which resonates the most with you? Why?
  • What is the ultimate dwelling place of God? Do you long for that future?
  • How does the story of the Bible give you hope for today?

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About the Speaker:

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She is currently doing graduate studies through Reformed Theological Seminary Global. Nancy offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats that she and her husband, David, host for couples who have faced the death of a child, through the GriefShare video series, and through books such as Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow.

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