Coming up in February, our church will embark on a nearly year-long message series called THE STORY which will be studied in Sunday morning worship and in-home life groups. It is based on a book called, “The Story,” a best-selling abridged chronological Bible. There are no verse references in the text, and the segments of Scripture are woven together with transition text written to connect the storyline so it reads like a seamless story. It is a powerful way to read God’s message.
For people new to the Bible, this way of reading Scripture reduces the intimidation one can feel when approaching the full-length unabridged Bible, and it gives them a holistic and sequential picture of the storyline of Scripture. For the seasoned Bible veterans, the chronological arrangement of the essential texts reveals the way the whole Bible fits together in a single grand narrative. Reading through “The Story” triggers interest and understanding, and drives people back to the original Bible texts for further exploration.
God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That’s what “The Story” is all about—the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity. “The Story” is divided into 31 chapters which sweep you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear text of the NIV Bible, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel that you can’t put down. Like any good story, “The Story” is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption—and this story’s true!
I want to encourage you to join us for this upcoming message series. Reading through “The Story” will help you engage with the Bible more easily and help you get a better overall understanding of what God has done and what He is still doing for people.
Read the Story. Experience the Bible.