A Beautiful Design: An Unchanging Plan for an Everchanging World

Our culture is always shifting. Society tells us who we should be as men and women, but its message keeps changing. However, the Bible teaches us exactly who we are—men and women created equally but uniquely. God’s beautiful design for us is true and perfect, leading to joy and human flourishing.

This 12-week, Bible-based study is for everyone: married or single, newly married or recently divorced. This is for you if you’re preparing to get married, trying to stay married, or just struggling to understand how God intends for men and women to relate to each in the home, in the church, in the world.


COURSE OVERVIEW
(Study guides available for download under videos)

Week 1 – Introductions

In the Beginning – God is the Creator of all things. His design for the universe is perfect and timeless. In Genesis 1, God creates everything—the heavens and earth, plants, animals, man and woman—in six days and rests on the seventh day.

Study Guide – In the Beginning

In His Image – In Genesis 2, the narrative describes how God creates man and woman and why He creates them. They are created to be His image bearers and to be in relationship with Him. This is their identity.

Study Guide – In His Image

Man’s Purpose –
When God creates man, He gives him a unique identity and purpose in life. God designs a specific role for man to fulfill and, by living out that role, to increase human flourishing.

Study Guide – Man’s Purpose

Man’s Hurdles – God creates man with a specific role and purpose, but when sin enters the world, everything becomes fractured. Now, because of the Fall, man wrestles with particular sins and struggles.

Study Guide – Man’s Hurdles

Man’s Redemption – Although man repeatedly struggles with sin, the cleansing power of the gospel erases all past, present and future failures. Man and his purposes are redeemed through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Study Guide – Man’s Redemption

Incomplete – In Genesis 2, after God creates man, He declares that it is not good for man to be alone. Something is missing. Out of man, God creates woman to complete the picture of Creation. They are intended to live and flourish together.

Study Guide – Incomplete

Woman’s Purpose – When God creates woman, He gives her a unique identity and purpose in life. God designs a specific role for woman to fulfill and, by living out that role, to increase human flourishing.

Study Guide – Woman’s Purpose

Woman’s Hurdles – God creates woman with a specific role and purpose, but when sin enters the world, everything becomes fractured. Now, because of the Fall, woman wrestles with particular sins and struggles.

Study Guide – Woman’s Hurdles

Woman’s Redemption – Although woman repeatedly struggles with sin, the cleansing power of the gospel erases all past, present and future failures. Woman and her purposes are redeemed through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Study Guide – Woman’s Redemption

Together For The Gospel – God designs men and women to be equal in value but different in role. Together, they help each other and the Church. When men and women fulfill their God-given roles, joy and human flourishing abound.

Study Guide – Together for the Gospel

Celebration Potluck

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