We all have a story.
As Christians, we realize that our story is the continuation of God’s story on the earth. It’s the story that began with Adam and Eve, a story of promise, intrigue and struggle, a story that culminated in the creator’s appearance in his creation to redeem his creation. Over 9 months, Bethel Lutheran Church will journey together through this story using a book aptly named, The Story.
The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel over 31 weeks. There are no verse references, and Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single grand narrative. For those intimidated or overwhelmed by the unabridged Bible, The Story helps people understand God’s Word more fully and engage with it more easily.
We pray that God will use The Story to involve us more deeply in our place in the ongoing story of His work in the world. By knowing the story, we can play our part in the chapter that is now.
Here’s how it works. We would like everyone to commit to this journey and buy a copy of The Story. There’s a version of The Story for every age, so the whole family can participate together. We would love to see everyone in a small group to discuss what we’re reading, whether that’s during the week or after worship on Sunday. Speaking of Sunday, we’ll worship God each week in a way that emphasizes the story for that week. Even our Sunday School will be following The Story! You won’t want to miss it.
Hundreds, if not thousands of churches have been blessed by The Story. Prepare to be blessed… and bless others! Maybe you know a member who hasn’t been participating in our church or someone who is curious about God’s story. Invite them to take the journey with you. Buy them a copy of The Story and join a group together. They’re a part of God’s story too! This is your chance to share the blessing!
As we prepare to launch The Story on September 11, we’ll want to see everyone commit to the journey and buy a copy for you and your children. The full version costs only $5. The teen version costs $8 and the colorful children’s edition costs $14. If cost is still a problem, don’t worry. We have people who are willing to make sure everyone has the chance to join us on this journey. Order here.
We all have a story.
Let’s pray that this journey through the story will lead us to know God better, to know each other better and to call on him to use us for the next chapter of his story.