The Things of Earth: Teaching Video


The things of earth. They surround us on every side. They compete for our attention. They occupy our minds and delight our hearts. What are we to do with the things of earth? Embrace them? Reject them? Use them? Look at them with suspicious eyes? Enjoy them with a twinge of guilt? And what happens to the things of earth when Jesus shows up? Do they grow dim in the light of his glory and grace? In these ten sessions, Joe Rigney explores the often perceived tension between enjoying God’s creation and enjoying God himself, with the aim of helping his audience find joy in God in a world full of wonderful things.

  1. Introduction and the Goal of the Triune God
  2. Author and Story
  3. Creation as Communication Lesson
  4. Created to Be a Creature
  5. Gospel Solution to Idolatry
  6. Rhythms of Godwardness
  7. Naming the World
  8. Sacrifice, Self-Denial, and Generosity
  9. What Does It Mean to Live a Wartime Lifestyle?
  10. Suffering, Death, and the Loss of Good Gifts

Joe Rigney is Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College & Seminary, and a pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of two books, Live Like a Narnian (Eye & Pen 2013), and The Things of Earth (Crossway 2015).



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