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Think about your favorite story. Whether it’s a movie, a book, or an old memory, it’s all the same. There was a time when everything was good and life was how it was made to be, then something went wrong and a journey must be taken or battle must be fought. And of course, at just the right moment, the hero saves the day and the world is right again. 

Somehow we have never stopped to ask ourselves why. Why do we keep repeating the same story? Why do men always universally need a battle to fight and a beauty to rescue? Why do women share such a common desire to be fought for? Could it be that the desires of our heart give us a glimpse into the secret of the purpose of our lives? Most people do not live as though our Story has a Villain, and that makes life very confusing. How have we missed this?

We won’t begin to understand our lives, or what this so-called gospel is that Christianity speaks of, until we understand the Story in which we have found ourselves. For when you were born, you were born into an Epic that has already been under way for quite some time. It is a Story of beauty and intimacy and adventure, a Story of danger and loss and heroism and betrayal. Our human hearts are made for great drama, and the Gospel, with all its danger and adventure, truly is Epic.







1. Have you heard about this whole story before? Or was this new to you? How does it make you feel?
2. Have you considered your life as being part of a story that is much larger, and much more dangerous than what we see from the physical world alone?
3. What about Act IV, The Renewal of all Things, have you thought much about eternity and are you looking forward to it?
4. If you believed that you had an important role to play in an Epic story of cosmic proportions how would that change your daily life?
5. Have you considered who might want you, instead, to see your life as unimportant and insignificant? Why would they want that?
6.  God has a plan or your life! But have you ever thought that The Enemy, also, has a plan for your life? What might that plan be?


Epic by John Eldredge